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    Frederick W. Robertson on:    

Evil is but the shadow, that, in this world, always accompanies good. You may have a world without shadow, but it will be a world without light - a mere dim, twilight world. If you would deepen the intensity of the light, you must be content to bring into deeper blackness and more distinct and definite outline, the shade that accompanies it.

    Topics: Good and Evil

The truest definition of evil is that which represents it as something contrary to nature. Evil is evil because it is unnatural. A vine which should bear olive-berries - an eye to which blue seems yellow, would be diseased. An unnatural mother, an unnatural son, an unnatural act, are the strongest terms of condemnation.

    Topics: Good and Evil, Nature

It is a law of our humanity, that man must know good through evil. No great principle ever triumphed but through much evil. No man ever progressed to greatness and goodness but through great mistakes.

    Topics: Good and Evil

You may tame the wild beast; the conflagration of the forest will cease when all the timber and the dry wood are consumed; but you cannot arrest the progress of that cruel word which you uttered carelessly yesterday or this morning.

    Topics: Gossip

It is more true to say that our opinions depend upon our lives and habits, than to say that our lives and habits depend on our opinions.

    Topics: Habits, life

No one can be great, or good, or happy except through the inward efforts of themselves.

    Topics: Happiness

He alone can believe in immortality who feels the resurrection in him already.

    Topics: Heaven, Resurrection

Hell is as ubiquitous as condemning conscience.

    Topics: Hell

In God's world, for those who are in earnest, there is no failure. No work truly done, no word earnestly spoken, no sacrifice freely made, was ever made in vain.

    Topics: Holiness, Faithful, Sacrifice

A holy act strengthens the inward holiness. It is a seed of life growing into more life.

    Topics: Holiness, Strength

Love God, and he will dwell with you. Obey God, and he will reveal to you the truth of his deepest teachings.

    Topics: Holiness

If there be anything common to us by nature, it is the members of our corporeal frame; yet the apostle taught that these, guided by the spirit as its instruments, and obeying a holy will, become transfigured, so that, in his language, the body becomes a temple of the Holy Ghost, and the meanest faculties, the lowest appetites, the humblest organs are ennobled by the spirit mind which guides them.

    Topics: Holy Spirit, Nature

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