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Few spirits are made better by the pain and languor of sickness; as few great pilgrims become eminent saints.

    Topics: Health

For a small reward, a man will hurry away on a long journey; while for eternal life, many will hardly take a single step.

    Topics: Heaven, Eternal Life, Rewards

Blessed is the pilgrim, who in every place, and at all times of this his banishment in the body, calling upon the holy name of Jesus, calleth to mind his native heavenly land, where his blessed Master, the King of saints and angels, waiteth to receive him. Blessed is the pilgrim who seeketh not an abiding place unto himself in this world; but longeth to be dissolved, and be with Christ in heaven.

    Topics: Heaven

If thou bear the cross cheerfully, it will bear thee.

    Topics: Holiness, Cheerfulness, The Cross

If thou hadst simplicity and purity, thou wouldst be able to comprehend all things without error, and behold them without danger. The pure heart safely pervades not only heaven, but hell.

    Topics: Holiness, Purity, The Heart

Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature. Simplicity is in the intention, purity in the affection; simplicity turns to God; purity unites with and enjoys him.

    Topics: Holiness, Purity

Whoever would fully and feelingly understand the words of Christ, must endeavor to conform his life wholly to the life of Christ.

    Topics: Holiness

At the Day of Judgment we shall not be asked what we have read but what we have done; not how well we have spoken, but how holy we have lived.

    Topics: Holiness

Learn to break your own will. Be zealous against yourself.

    Topics: Humility, Zeal

All men are frail, but thou shouldst reckon none so frail as thyself.

    Topics: Humility

No conflict is so severe as his who labors to subdue himself.

    Topics: Humility

Our own opinion of ourselves should be lower than that formed by others, for we have a better chance at our imperfections.

    Topics: Humility

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