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To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.

    Topics: Perseverance, Change

A great memory does not make a mind, any more than a dictionary is a piece of literature.

    Topics: Reasoning

Nothing is more common than for men to think that because they are familiar with words they understand the ideas they stand for.

    Topics: Reasoning

From the age of fifteen, dogma has been the fundamental principle of my religion: I know no other religion; I cannot enter into the idea of any other sort of religion; religion, as a mere sentiment, is to me a dream and a mockery.

    Topics: Religion, Age

We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe.

    Topics: Religion

It is as absurd to argue men, as to torture them, into believing.

    Topics: Salvation, Believing

God has created me to do him some definite service; he has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission - I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.

    Topics: Service, Missions

One secret act of self-denial, one sacrifice of inclination to duty, is worth all the mere good thoughts, warm feelings, passionate prayers in which idle people indulge themselves.

    Topics: Service, Self-denial, Idleness

I will trust Him. Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. My sickness, or perplexity, or sorrow may be necessary causes of some great end, which is quite beyond us. He does nothing in vain.

    Topics: Trust, Illness

Virtue is its own reward, and brings with it the truest and highest pleasure; but if we cultivate it only for pleasure's sake, we are selfish, not religious, and will never gain the pleasure, because we can never have the virtue.

    Topics: Virtue

There is such a thing as legitimate warfare: war has its laws; there are things which may fairly be done, and things which may not be done.

    Topics: War

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