Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
Ostentation is the signal flag of hypocrisy.
The best men are not those who have waited for chances but who have taken them; besieged the chance; conquered the chance; and made chance the servitor.
Whatever touches the nerves of motive, whatever shifts man's moral position, is mightier than steam, or calorie, or lightening.
The essence of justice is mercy.
Never does the human soul appear so strong and noble as when it forgoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.
Not in achievement, but in endurance, of the human soul, does it show its divine grandeur and its alliance with the infinite.
Objects close to the eye shut out much larger objects on the horizon; and splendors born only of the earth eclipse the stars. So it is with people who sometimes cover up the entire disc of eternity with a dollar, and so quench transcendent glories with a little shining dust.
Profaneness is a brutal vice. He who indulges in it is no gentleman.
Poetry is the utterance of deep and heart-felt truth -- the true poet is very near the oracle.
Pride is the master sin of the devil, and the devil is the father of lies.
An aged Christian, with the snow of time upon his head, may remind us that those points of earth are whitest which are nearest to heaven.
Christ illustrates the purport of life as He descends from His transfiguration to toil, and goes forward to exchange that robe of heavenly brightness for the crown of thorns.
Consider and act with reference to the true ends of existence. This world is but the vestibule of an immortal life. Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
There is no tariff so injurious as that with which sectarian bigotry guards its commodities. It dwarfs the soul by shutting out truths from other continents of thought, and checks the circulation of its own.
There is no happiness in life, there is no misery like that growing out of the dispositions which consecrate or desecrate a home.
Through all God's works there runs a beautiful harmony. The remotest truth in His universe is linked to that which lies nearest the throne.
At the bottom of not a little of the bravery that appears in the world, there lurks a miserable cowardice. Men will face powder and steel because they have not the courage to face public opinion.
Tribulation will not hurt you, unless as it too often does; it hardens you and makes you sour, narrow and skeptical.
Do not judge from mere appearances; for the lift laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy. The bosom can ache beneath diamond brooches; and many a blithe heart dances under coarse wool.
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