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JAMES FREEMAN CLARKE
American minister, theologian and author
(1810 - 1888)

A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman, of the next generation.
      - [Politics]

All the strength and force of man comes from his faith in things unseen. He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions. The man strongly possessed of an idea is the master of all who are uncertain or wavering. Clear, deep, living convictions rule the world.
      - [Faith]

Art itself, in all its methods, is the child of religion. The highest and best works in architecture, sculpture and painting, poetry and music, have been born out of the religion of Nature.
      - [Art]

But the whip-poor-will wails on the moor,
  And day has deserted the west:
    The moon glimmers down thro' the vines at my door
      And the robin has flown to her nest.
      - [Whippoorwills]

Conscience in the soul is the root of all true courage. If a man would be brave, let him learn to obey his conscience.
      - [Courage]

He who believes in goodness has the essence of all faith. He is a man "of cheerful yesterdays and confident to-morrows."
      - [Goodness]

In the spirit of faith let us begin each day, and we shall be sure to "redeem the time" which it brings to us, by changing it into something definite and eternal. There is a deep meaning in this phrase of the apostle, to redeem time. We redeem time, and do not merely use it. We transform it into eternity by living it aright.
      - [Time]

It is so natural for a man to pray that no theory can prevent him from doing it.
      - [Prayer]

Progress, in the sense of acquisition, is something; but progress in the sense of being, is a great deal more. To grow higher, deeper, wider, as the years go on; to conquer difficulties, and acquire more and more power; to feel all one's faculties unfolding, and truth descending into the soul,--this makes life worth living.
      - [Spirituality]

Religion is life, philosophy is thought; religion looks up, friendship looks in. We need both thought and life, and we need that the two shall be in harmony.
      - [Religion]

See to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you.
      - [Goodness]

Seek to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you.
      - [Goodness]

Submission to duty and God gives the highest energy. He, who has done the greatest work on earth, said that He came down from heaven, not to do His own will, but the will of Him who sent Him. Whoever allies himself with God is armed with all the forces of the invisible world.
      - [Duty]

The atheist has no hope.
      - [Atheism]

The wood-robin sings at my door,
  And her song is the sweetest I hear
    From all the sweet birds that incessantly pour
      Their notes through the noon of the year.
      - [Robins]

This is the way to cultivate courage: First, by standing firm on some conscientious principle, some law of duty. Next, by being faithful to truth and right on small occasions and common events. Third, by trusting in God for help and power.
      - [Courage]

Unmixed praise is not due to any one. It leaves behind a sense of unreality. We can only do justice to a great man by a discriminating criticism. Hero-worship, which paints a faultless monster, whom the world never saw, is like those modern pictures which are a blaze of light without any shadow.
      - [Hero Worship]

Variety is the condition of harmony.
      - [Harmony]

We are either progressing or retrograding all the while; there is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.
      - [Progress]

When we trust our brother, whom we have seen, we are learning to trust God, whom we have not seen.
      - [Trust]


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