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How goodness heightens beauty!

    Topics: Good and Evil, Beauty

If the one be good, the other must be evil. The only way to justify the stage, as it is, as it has ever been, as it is ever likely to be, is to condemn the Bible - the same individual cannot defend both.

    Topics: Good and Evil, The Bible

There are three requisites to the proper enjoyment of earthly blessings: a thankful reflection, on the goodness of the giver; a deep sense of our own unworthiness; and a recollection of the uncertainty of our long possessing them. The first will make us grateful; the second, humble; and the third, moderate.

    Topics: Gratitude, Humility

If I wanted to punish an enemy it should be by fastening on him the trouble of constantly hating somebody.

    Topics: Hatred, Enemies

The soul on earth is an immortal guest, compelled to starve at an unreal feast; a pilgrim panting for the rest to come; an exile, anxious for his native home.

    Topics: Heaven, Rest

Yes, thou art ever present, power divine; not circumscribed by time, nor fixed by space, confined to altars, nor to temples bound. In wealth, in want, in freedom, or in chains, in dungeons or on thrones, the faithful find thee.

    Topics: Holy Spirit, Freedom, Time

When we read, we fancy we could be martyrs; when we come to act, we cannot bear a provoking word.

    Topics: Hypocrisy, Reading

O, Jealousy, thou ugliest fiend of hell! thy deadly venom preys on my vitals, turns the healthful hue of my fresh cheek to haggard sallowness, and drinks my spirit up.

    Topics: Jealousy

The wretch who digs the mine for bread, or ploughs, that others may be fed, feels less fatigued than that decreed to him who cannot think or read.

    Topics: Laziness

Life though a short, is a working day. Activity may lead to evil; but inactivity cannot be led to good.

    Topics: Laziness

Since trifles make the sum of human things, and half our misery from our foibles springs; since life's best joys consist in peace and ease, and few can save or serve, but all may please: let the ungentle spirit learn from thence, a small unkindness is a great offense.

    Topics: Life, Joy

Love never reasons, but profusely gives; it gives like a thoughtless prodigal its all, and then trembles least it has done to little.

    Topics: Love

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