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The brave man may yield to a braver man.
      - [Bravery]

The Christian life is not an engagement by contract between the Master and His servant. It is the union of two hearts--that of the Saviour and the saved--by the endearing ties of the most intimate love.
      - [Christian]

The deforesting of large areas of hilly and mountainous country affects to a very large extent the quantity of water that comes from springs and flows in rivers. The more apparent is this when the deforesting occurs on the head waters of important streams. Then the water power is destroyed or greatly impaired, navigation impeded, commerce interfered with, and droughts and floods are more frequent and more severe.
      - [Arbor Day]

The difference between "involvement" and "commitment" is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was "involved"--the pig was "committed".
      - [Commitment]

The fair daughters of Columbia: May they add virtue to beauty, subtract envy from friendship, multiply amiable accomplishments by sweetness of temper, divide time by sociality and economy, and reduce scandal to its lowest denomination by a modest Christian deportment.
      - [Toasts]

The firmest friendships have been formed in mutual adversity, as iron is most strongly welded by the fiercest fire.
      - [Adversity]

The great essentials of happiness are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
      - [Happiness]

The greatest blessing heaven can send--a good wife.
      - [Toasts]

The history of the connection of the Spaniards with the Indians of the New World shows that, far from being actuated by a desire for the spiritual welfare of the unfortunate red men, their sole purpose was to use them as instruments for gaining wealth, regardless of their health or even of their lives. History does not contain a blacker record than the dealings of the Spaniards with the Indians. Columbus himself set the example in Hayti, when he and his companions ruthlessly butchered the miserable savages simply to create terror. The pages of Las Casas are full of the records of deeds of which demons should be ashamed.
      - in the St. Louis Advocate
        [Discovery Day]

The interests of agriculture and horticulture are greatly subserved by the proper distribution of forest areas through their climatic and hydrographic influence.
      - [Arbor Day]

The Ladies: With assiduity we court their smiles; with sorrow we receive their frowns; but smiling or frowning, we love them.
      - [Toasts]

The ladles--God bless 'em.
      - [Toasts]

The ladles: We admire them for their beauty, respect them for their intelligence, adore them for their virtue, and love them because we can't help it.
      - [Toasts]

The Nation: May there be no north, no south, no east, no west, but only one broad, beautiful, glorious land.
      - [Toasts]

The question is not whether a doctrine is beautiful, but whether it is true.
      - in Guesses at Truth [Doctrine]

The souls of men of feeble purpose are the graveyards of good intentions.
      - [Decision]

The theocratic state which the Puritans founded in Massachusetts was not suited to our present civilization, with its representatives of all nations and creeds. But it contained the springs of life which purify our civilization and the seeds of that free government of which our liberty under law is the fairest fruit.
      - in the Congregrationist
        [Forefathers Day]

The white children have been brought up on dusky bosoms and love them. It is caste that alone creates an offense, and this is unchristian and must die out, as will every other indignity to humanity and to God. The black man, wearing his unfaded and God-given badge of race, equally cultivated, equally rich and self-possessed will live beside his white neighbor and enjoy the opportunities and bounties of a common heaven equally with his Saxon fellow-citizen, both alike unconscious of the different livery each one wears. This condition of things is seen in all portions of Europe, and will, ere long, be witnessed on American soil.
      - in the North American Review
        [Emancipation Day]

There are few difficulties that hold out against real attacks; they fly, like the visible horizon, before those who advance.
      - [Difficulties]

There is no guard to be kept against envy, because no man knows where it dwells, and generous and innocent men are seldom jealous and suspicious till they feel the wound.
      - [Envy]

There's something in a noble tree
  What shall I say? a soul?
    For 'tis not form; or aught we see
      In leaf, or branch or bole.
        Some presence, tho' not understood,
          Dwells there always, and seems
            To be acquainted with our mood,
              And mingles in our dreams.
                I would not say that trees at all
                  Were of our blood and race,
                    Yet, lingering where their shadows fall,
                      I sometimes think I trace
                        A kinship, whose far-reaching root
                          Grew when the world began,
                            And made them best of all things mute
                              To be the friends of man.
      - [Arbor Day]

Those individuals who save money are better workmen; if they do not the work better; they behave better and are more respectable; and I would sooner have in my trade a hundred men who save money than two hundred who would spend every shilling they get. In proportion as individuals save a little money their morals are much better; they husband that little, and there is a superior tone given to their morals, and they behave better for knowing that they have a little stake in society.
      - [Economy]

Those who have minutely studied the character of the Saviour will find it difficult to determine whether there is most to admire or to imitate in it--there is so much of both.
      - [Christ]

To Britain's daughters--Let all fill their glasses,
  Whose beauty and virtue the whole world surpasses;
    May blessings attend them, go wherever they will,
      And foul fall the man who e'er offers them ill.
      - [Toasts]

We know that our forests are in danger of being decimated by the ruthless strokes of the woodchopper's ax, and we know that to prevent that crisis, children, in the West especially, have been encouraged on this holiday to plant some tree or shrub to provide for future use and beauty.
      - [Arbor Day]

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