Quote by Hugh Blair
Worry not about the possible troubles of the future; for if they come, you are but anticipating and adding to their weight; and if they do not come, your worry is useless; and in either case it is weak and in vain, and a distrust of God's providence.
This quote advises against worrying about future troubles as it is counterproductive and serves no purpose. If the anticipated troubles do occur, worrying only amplifies their burden. On the other hand, if these troubles never materialize, the act of worrying becomes futile. In both scenarios, worrying demonstrates a lack of faith in God's providence and weakens one's ability to cope with difficulties. The quote encourages trust in God's plan and discourages wasting energy on fruitless worry.
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny; and it is believed that the most effectual means of preventing this would be, to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large...