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That charity is bad which takes from independence its proper pride, from mendicity its salutary shame.
The disappointed man turns his thoughts toward a state of existence where his wiser desires may be fixed with the certainty of faith; the successful man feels that the objects which he has ardently pursued fail to satisfy the cravings of an immortal spirit; the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness, that he may save his soul alive.
The history of any private family, however humble, could it be fully related for five or six generations, would illustrate the state and progress of society better than the most elaborate dissertation.
The loss of a friend is like that of a limb; time may heal the anguish of the wound, but the loss cannot be repaired.
The pulpit is a clergyman's parade; the parish is his field of active service.
The true one of youth's love, proving a faithful helpmate in those years when the dream of life is over, and we live in its realities.
There are some readers who have never read an essay on taste; and if they take my advice they never will, for they can no more improve their taste by so doing than they could improve their appetite or digestion by studying a cookery-book.
There are three things in speech that ought to be considered before some things are spoken--the manner, the place and the time.
- [Conversation : Discretion]
There is a magic in that little word,--it is a mystic circle that surrounds comforts and virtues never known beyond its hallowed limits.
There is healing in the bitter cup.
- [Adversity : Affliction]
There is no security in a good disposition if the support of good principles--that is to say, of religion, of Christian faith--be wanting. It may be soured by misfortune, it may be corrupted by wealth, it may be blighted by neediness, it may lose all its original brightness, if destitute of that support.
There was a time when I believed in the persuadability of man, and had the mania of man-mending. Experience has taught me better. The ablest physician can do little in the great lazar-house of society. He acts the wisest part who retires from the contagion.
There was not, on that day a speck to stain
The azure heaven; the blessed sun alone,
In unapproachable divinity,
Career'd, rejoicing in his fields of light.
They who once engage in iniquitous designs miserably deceive themselves when they think that they will go so far and no farther; one fault begets another, one crime renders another necessary; and thus they are impelled continually downward into a depth of guilt, which at the commencement of their career they would have died rather than have incurred.
Though looks and words, by the strong mastery of his practiced will, are overruled, the mounting blood betrays an impulse in its secret spring too deep for his control.
'Tis a history
Handed from ages down; a nurse's tale--
Which children, open-ey'd and mouth'd, devour;
And thus as garrulous ignorance relates,
We learn it and believe.
War, even in the best state of an army, with all the alleviations of courtesy and honor, with all the correctives of morality and religion, is nevertheless so great an evil, that to engage in it without a clear necessity is a crime of the blackest dye. When the necessity is clear, it then becomes a crime to shrink from it.
What blockheads are those wise persons who think it necessary that a child should comprehend everything it reads!
What will not woman, gentle woman, dare when strong affection stirs her spirit up?
Whatever strengthens our local attachments is favorable both to individual and national character, our home, our birthplace, our native land. Think for a while what the virtues are which arise out of the feelings connected with these words, and if you have any intellectual eyes, you will then perceive the connection between topography and patriotism.
Where Washington hath left his awful memory a light for after-times.
- [Washington, George]
Whoever has tasted the breath of morning knows that the most invigorating and most delightful hours of then day are commonly spent in bed; though it is the evident intention of nature that we should enjoy and profit by them.
- [Early Rising]
Without religion the highest endowments of intellect can only render the possessor more dangerous if he be ill disposed; if well disposed, only more unhappy.
Would you judge of the lawfulness or unlawfulness of pleasures, take this rule:--Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off the relish of spiritual things; in short, whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your mind, that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may be in itself.
And when my own Mark Antony
Against young Caesar strove,
And Rome's whole world was set in arms,
The cause was,--all for love.
- All for Love (pt. II, st. 26) [Love]
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