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A fair reputation is a plant delicate in its nature, and by no means rapid in its growth. It will not shoot up in a night, like the gourd of the prophet, but like that gourd, it may perish in a night.

    Topics: Character, Nature, Growth

In self-examination, take no account of yourself by your thoughts and resolutions in the days of religion and solemnity, but examine how it is with you in the days of ordinary conversation and in the circumstances of secular employment.

    Topics: Character, Circumstances

Great knowledge, if it be without vanity, is the most severe bridle of the tongue. For so have I heard, that all the noises and prating of the pool, the croaking of frogs and toads, are hushed and appeased upon the bringing upon them the light of a candle or torch. Every beam of reason and ray of knowledge checks the dissolution of the tongue.

    Topics: Character, The Tongue, Knowledge

Conscience in most men, is but the anticipation of the opinions of others.

    Topics: Conscience, Men

He that speaketh against his own reason speaks against his own conscience, and therefore it is certain that no man serves God with a good conscience who serves him against his reason.

    Topics: Conscience, Reasoning

He that tempts me to drink beyond my measure, civilly invites me to a fever.

    Topics: Drunkenness

Solitude is a good school, but the world is the best theatre; the institution is best there, but the practice here; the wilderness hath the advantage of discipline, and society opportunities of perfection.

    Topics: Education, Discipline

Many men profess to hate another, but no man owns envy, as being an enmity or displeasure for no cause but another's goodness or felicity.

    Topics: Envy, Hatred, Men

God hath given to man a short time here upon earth, and yet upon this short time eternity depends.

    Topics: Eternity, Time

Nothing does so establish the mind amidst the rollings and turbulences of present things, as to look above them and beyond them - above them, to the steady and good hand by which they are ruled, and beyond them, to the sweet and beautiful end to which, by that hand, they will be brought.

    Topics: Faith, Beauty

It is impossible for that man to despair who remembers that his Helper is omnipotent.

    Topics: Faith

Faith is the root of all blessings. Believe, and you shall be saved; believe, and you must needs be satisfied; believe, and you cannot but be comforted and happy.

    Topics: Faith, Believing

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