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Emulation is the devil-shadow of aspiration. To excite it is worthy only of the commonplace vulgar schoolmaster, whose ambition is to show what fine scholars he can turn out, that he may get the more pupils.

    Topics: Examples

Man finds it hard to get what he wants, because he does not want the best; God finds it hard to give, because He would give the best, and man will not take it.

    Topics: Faith

The principle part of faith is patience.

    Topics: Faith

A perfect faith would lift us absolutely above fear.

    Topics: Faith, Fear

Fear is faithlessness.

    Topics: Faith, Fear

To the dim and bewildered vision of humanity, God's care is more evident in some instances than in others; and upon such instances men seize, and call them providences. It is well that they can; but it would be gloriously better if they could believe that the whole matter is one grand providence.

    Topics: Faith, Providence

God's thoughts, his will, his love, his judgments are all man's home. To think his thoughts, to choose his will, to love his loves, to judge his judgments, and thus to know that he is in us, is to be at home.

    Topics: Faithful, Home

To have what we want is riches; but to be able to do without is power.

    Topics: Finances

Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.

    Topics: Forgiveness

But for money and the need of it, there would not be half the friendship in the world. It is powerful for good if divinely used. Give it plenty of air and it is sweet as the hawthorn; shut it up and it cankers and breeds worms.

    Topics: Friendship, Money

Not only then has each man his individual relation to God, but each man has his peculiar relation to God.

    Topics: God

The more I work with the body, keeping my assumptions in a temporary state of reservation, the more I appreciate and sympathize with a given disease. The body no longer appears as a sick or irrational demon, but as a process with its own inner logic and wisdom.

    Topics: Health, Wisdom

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