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English minister and orator
(1764 - 1831)
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In matters of conscience first thoughts are best; in matters of prudence last thoughts are best.
      - [Conscience]

In the power of fixing the attention lies the most precious of the intellectual habits.
      - [Attention]

It is an inherent and inseparable inconvenience in persecution that it knows not where to stop.
      - [Persecution]

It is difficult to account for a practice which gratifies no passion and promotes no interest.
      - [Profanity]

Mankind are apt to be strongly prejudiced in favor of whatever is countenanced by antiquity, enforced by authority, and recommended by custom.
      - [Authority]

Method, we are aware, is an essential ingredient in every discourse designed for the instruction of mankind; but it ought never to force itself on the attention as an object--never appear to be an end instead of an instrument; or beget a suspicion of the sentiments being introduced for the sake of the method, not the method for the sentiments.
      - [Eloquence]

Milton is the most sublime, and Homer the most picturesque.
      - [Homer]

Of all the species of literary composition, perhaps biography is the most delightful. The attention concentrated on one individual gives a unity to the materials of which it is composed, which is wanting in general history.
      - [Biography]

Of an accountable creature, duty is the concern of every moment, since he is every moment pleasing or displeasing God.
      - [Duty]

Patriotism is a blind and irrational impulse unless it is founded on a knowledge of the blessings we are called to secure and the privileges we propose to defend.
      - [Patriotism]

Recollect for your encouragement the reward that awaits the faithful minister.
      - [Clergymen]

Religion is the final centre of repose; the goal to which all things tend; apart from which man is a shadow, his very existence a riddle, and the stupendous scenes of nature which surround him as unmeaning as the leaves which the sibyl scattered in the wind.
      - [Religion]

Settle it, therefore, in your minds, as a maxim never to be effaced or forgotten, that atheism is an inhuman, bloody, ferocious system, equally hostile to every useful restraint, and to every virtuous affection; that leaving nothing above us to excite awe, nor round us to awaken tenderness, it wages war with heaven and earth; its first object is to dethrone God, its next to destroy man.
      - [Atheism]

Some men have a Sunday soul, which they screw on in due time, and take off again every Monday morning.
      - [Soul]

Striking manners ate bad manners.
      - [Manners]

Swearing is properly a superfluity of naughtiness, and can only be considered as a sort of pepper-corn rent, in acknowledgment of the devil's right of superiority.
      - [Profanity]

Talent of the highest order, and such as is calculated to command admiration, may exist apart from wisdom.
      - [Talent]

The Bible is the treasure of the poor, the solace of the sick, and the support of the dying; and while other books may amuse and instruct in a leisure hour, it is the peculiar triumph of that book to create light in the midst of darkness, to alleviate the sorrow which admits of no other alleviation, to direct a beam of hope to the heart which no other topic of consolation can reach; while guilt, despair, and death vanish at the touch of its holy inspiration.
      - [Bible]

The efficacy of good examples in the formation of public opinion is incalculable. Though men justify their conduct by reasons, and sometimes bring the very rules of virtue to the touchstone of abstraction, yet they principally act from example.
      - [Example]

The faith to which the Scriptures attach such momentous consequences and ascribe such glorious exploits is a practical habit, which, like every other, is strengthened and increased by continual exercise.
      - [Faith]

The fame of Locke is visibly on the decline; the speculations of Malebranche are scarcely heard of in France; and Kant, the greatest metaphysical name on the Continent, sways a doubtful sceptre amidst a host of opponents.
      - [Metaphysics]

The friendship of high and sanctified spirits loses nothing by death but its alloy; failings disappear, and the virtues of those whose "faces we shall behold no more" appear greater and more sacred when beheld through the shades of the sepulchre.
      - [Friendship]

The opportunities of making great sacrifices for the good of mankind are of rare occurrence; and he who remains inactive till it is in his power to confer signal benefits or yield important services is in imminent danger of incurring the doom of the slothful servant.
      - [Sacrifice]

The sacrifice of Christ has rendered it just for Him to forgive sin; and whenever we are led to repent of and to forsake it, even the righteousness of God is declared in the pardon of it.
      - [Christ]

The superabundance of phrases appropriated by some pious authors to the subject of religion, and never applied to any other purpose, has not only the effect of disgusting persons of taste, but of obscuring religion itself.
      - [Cant]

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