The intellect of the wise is like glass; it admits the light of heaven and reflects it.
Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.
Some people carry their hearts in their heads; very many carry their heads in their hearts. The difficulty is to keep them apart, yet both actively working together.
What hypocrites we seem to be whenever we talk of ourselves! Our words sound so humble, while our hearts are so proud.
Nothing is farther than earth from heaven; nothing is nearer than heaven to earth.
Love, it has been said, flows downward. The love of parents for their children has always been far more powerful than that of children for their parents; and who among the sons of men ever loved God with a thousandth part of the love which God has manifested to us?
The power of faith will often shine forth the most when the character is naturally weak.
It is with flowers as with moral qualities; the bright are sometimes poisonous; but, I believe, never the sweet.
The virtue of paganism was strength; the virtue of Christianity is obedience.
As to the pure all things are pure, even so to the impure all things are impure.
There is no being eloquent for atheism. In that exhausted receiver the mind cannot use its wings, - the clearest proof that it is out of its element.
Examples would indeed be excellent things were not people so modest that none will set, and so vain that none will follow them.
What a person praises is perhaps a surer standard, even than what he condemns, of his own character, information and abilities.
A statesman, we are told, should follow public opinion. Doubtless, as a coachman follows his horses; having firm hold on the reins and guiding them.
Happy the boy whose mother is tired of talking nonsense to him before he is old enough to know the sense of it.
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