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Justice is the insurance which we have on our lives and property, and obedience is the premium which we pay for it.

    Topics: Justice, Obedience

Love is the hardest lesson in Christianity; but, for that reason, it should be most our care to learn it.

    Topics: Love

In marriage do thou be wise: prefer the person before money, virtue before beauty, the mind before the body; then thou hast a wife, a friend, a companion, a second self.

    Topics: Marriage, Money

Kings in this should imitate God, their mercy should be above their works.

    Topics: Mercy

In the rush and noise of life, as you have intervals, step home within yourselves and be still. Wait upon God, and feel His good presence; this will carry you evenly through your day's business.

    Topics: Prayer, Business

And yet we are very apt to be full of ourselves, instead of Him that made what we so much value, and but for whom we can have no reason to value ourselves.

    Topics: Pride

No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.

    Topics: Suffering, The Cross

It is a coal from God's altar must kindle our fire; and without fire, true fire, no acceptable sacrifice.

    Topics: Suffering, Fire, Sacrifice

God is better served in resisting a temptation to evil than in many formal prayers.

    Topics: Temptation

If thou wouldst conquer thy weakness, thou must never gratify it. No man is compelled to evil: his consent only makes it his. It is no sin to be tempted, but to be overcome.

    Topics: Temptation, Weakness

When thou art obliged to speak, be sure to speak the truth; for equivocation is half-way to lying, and lying is the whole way to hell.

    Topics: Truth

To be innocent is to be not guilty; but to be virtuous is to overcome our evil inclinations.

    Topics: Virtue, Overcoming

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