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JOEL HAWES
American clergyman
(1789 - 1867)

A good character is, in all cases, the fruit of personal exertion. It is not inherited from parents, it is not created by external advantages, it is no necessary appendage of birth, wealth, talents or station; but it is the result of one's own endeavors.
      - [Character]

Every period of life has its peculiar temptations and dangers. But youth is the time when we are most likely to be ensnared. This, pre-eminently, is the forming, fixing period, the spring season of disposition and habit; and it is during this season, more than any other, that the character assumes its permanent shape and color, and the young are wont to take their course for time and for eternity.
      - [Youth]

He who cares only for himself in youth will be a very niggard in manhood, and a wretched miser in old age.
      - [Youth]

We are often able because we think we are able.
      - [Ability]


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