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Exactness and neatness in moderation is a virtue, but carried to extremes narrows the mind.

    Topics: Habits

A good historian is timeless; although he is a patriot, he will never flatter his country in any respect.

    Topics: History, Time, Patriotism

The greatest of all crosses is self. If we die in part every day, we shall have but little to do on the last. These little daily deaths will destroy the power of the final dying.

    Topics: Holiness, The Cross

Let us pray God that he would root out of our hearts everything of our own planting and set out there, with his own hand, the tree of life bearing all manner of fruits.

    Topics: Holiness

Whoever will labor to get rid of self, to deny himself according to the instructions of Christ, strikes at once at the root of every evil, and finds the germ of every good.

    Topics: Humility

Nothing will make us so charitable and tender to the faults of others, as, by self-examination, thoroughly to know our own.

    Topics: Humility

Had we not faults of our own, we should take less pleasure in complaining of others.

    Topics: Hypocrisy

If we were faultless we should not be so much annoyed by the defects of those with whom we associate.

    Topics: Hypocrisy

The history of the world suggests that without love of God there is little likelihood of a love for man that does not become corrupt.

    Topics: Love

It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are, the more gentle and quiet we become toward the defects of others.

    Topics: Patience, Gentleness

Peace does not dwell in outward things, but within the soul; we may preserve it in the midst of the bitterest pain, if our will remains firm and submissive. Peace in this life springs from acquiescence to, not in an exemption from, suffering.

    Topics: Peace

Resign every forbidden joy; restrain every wish that is not referred to God's will; banish all eager desires, all anxiety; desire only the will of God; seek him alone and supremely, and you will find peace.

    Topics: Peace

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