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It usually takes 100 years to make a law, and then, after it's done its work, it usually takes 100 years to be rid of it.

    Topics: Politics

The meanest, most contemptible kind of praise is that which first speaks well of a man, and then qualifies it with a 'but'.

    Topics: Praise

I pray on the principle that wine knocks the cork out of a bottle. There is an inward fermentation, and there must be a vent.

    Topics: Prayer

It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.

    Topics: Prayer, Life

Prayer covers the whole of man's life. There is no thought, feeling, yearning, or desire, however low, trifling, or vulgar we may deem it, which if it affects our real interest or happiness, we may not lay before God and be sure of sympathy.

    Topics: Prayer

His nature is such that our often coming does not tire him. The whole burden of the whole life of every man may be rolled on to God and not weary him, though it has wearied man.

    Topics: Prayer

A sermon is not like a Chinese firecracker to be fired off for the noise it makes. It is a hunter's gun, and at every discharge he should look to see his game fall.

    Topics: Preaching

A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.

    Topics: Pride

Next to ingratitude the most painful thing to bear is gratitude.

    Topics: Pride, Gratitude

Pride slays thanksgiving, but an humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow.

    Topics: Pride, Humility, Thankfulness

The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.

    Topics: Pride

Watch lest prosperity destroy generosity.

    Topics: Prosperity, Charity

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