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HOSEA BALLOU
American clergyman and founder of "Universalism"
(1771 - 1852)
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A careless and blasphemous use of the name of the Divine Being is not only sinful, but it is also prima facie evidence of vulgar associations.
      - [Oaths]

A good simile is the sunshine of wisdom.
      - [Simile]

A mother's love, in a degree, sanctifies the most worthless offspring.
      - [Children]

A religion which requires persecution to sustain it is of the devil's propagation.
      - [Persecution]

A single bad habit will mar an otherwise faultless character, as an ink-drop soileth the pure white page.
      - [Habit]

A true religious instinct never deprived man of one single joy; mournful faces and a sombre aspect are the conventional affectations of the weak-minded.
      - [Religion]

A wise Providence consoles our present afflictions by joys borrowed from the future.
      - [Hope]

All our possessions are as nothing compared to health, strength, and a clear conscience.
      - [Possession]

Annihilation, as regards matter, is simply impossible.
      - [Annihilation]

As the sun's rays will irradiate even the murky pool, and make its stagnant waters to shine like silver, so doth God's goodness and tender mercy, towards the greatest sinner, and the blackest heart, make his own image visible there!
      - [Mercy]

Attempt to teach the young but little at a time; this will be easier to impart, easier to receive, and surer to be retained.
      - [Teaching]

Be circumspect in your dealings, and let the seed you plant be the offspring of prudence and care; thus fruit follows the fair blossom, as honor follows a good life.
      - [Prudence]

Be more careful of your conscience than of your estate. The latter can be bought and sold; the former never.
      - [Conscience]

Between the humble and contrite heart and the majesty of Heaven there are no barriers. The only password is prayer.
      - [Prayer]

Brevity and conciseness are the parents of correction.
      - [Brevity]

Death comes to us, under many conditions, with all the welcome serenity of sleep.
      - [Death]

Disease is the retribution of outraged Nature.
      - [Disease]

Doubt that creed which you cannot reduce to practice.
      - [Unbelief]

Duty itself is supreme delight when love is the inducement and labor. By such a principle the ignorant are enlightened, the hard-hearted softened, the disobedient reformed, and the faithful encouraged.
      - [Duty]

Embark in no enterprise which you cannot submit to the test of prayer.
      - [Prayer]

Energy, even like the biblical grain of mustard-seed, will remove moun-tains.
      - [Energy]

Envy may justly be called "the gall of bitterness and bond of iniquity;" it is the most acid fruit that grows on the stock of sin, a fluid so subtle that nothing but the fire of divine love can purge it from the soul.
      - [Envy]

Error is always more busy than truth.
      - [Error]

Exaggeration is to blood relation to falsehood and nearly as blamable.
      - [Exaggeration]

Experience is retrospect knowledge.
      - [Experience]


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