The charm of the words of great men, those grand sayings which are recognized as true as soon as heard, is this, that you recognize them as wisdom which has passed across your own mind. You feel that they are your own thoughts come back to you, else you would not at once admit them. 'All of that has floated across me before, only I could not say it, and did not feel confident enough to assert it or had not conviction enough to put it into words.' Yes, God spoke to you what He did to them only, they believed it, said it, trusted the Word within them and you did not. Be sure that often when you say, 'It is only my own poor thought, and I am alone,' the real correcting thought is this 'Alone, but the Father is with me, and therefore I can live that lonely conviction.'
Never does a man know the force that is in him till some mighty affliction or grief has humanized the soul.
Men... are bettered and improved by trial, and refined out of broken hopes and blighted expectations.
Two thousand years ago there was One here on this earth who lived the grandest life that ever has been lived yet - a life that every thinking man, with deeper or shallower meaning, has agreed to call divine.
In the darkest hour through which a human soul can pass, whatever else is doubtful, this at least is certain. If there be no God and no future state, yet, even then, it is better to be generous than selfish, better to be chaste than licentious, better to be true than false, better to be brave than to be a coward. Blessed beyond all earthly blessedness is the man who, in the tempestuous darkness of the soul, has dared to hold fast to these venerable landmarks. Thrice blest is he who, when all is dreary and cheerless within and without, when his teachers terrify him, and friends shrink from him, has obstinately clung to moral good.
We win by tenderness. We conquer by forgiveness.
Love is not a union merely between two creatures, it is a union between two spirits.
The one who will be found in trial capable of great acts of love is ever the one who is always doing considerate small ones.
It is not the situation that makes the man, but the man who makes the situation.
To turn water into wine, and what is common into what is holy, is indeed the glory of Christianity.
It is more true to say that our opinions depend upon our lives and habits, than to say that our lives and habits depend on our opinions.
Pray till prayer makes you forget your own wish, and leave it or merge it in God's will.
In God's world, for those who are in earnest, there is no failure. No work truly done, no word earnestly spoken, no sacrifice freely made, was ever made in vain.
No one can be great, or good, or happy except through the inward efforts of themselves.
Home is the one place in all this world where hearts are sure of each other. It is the place of confidence. It is the spot where expressions of tenderness gush out without any dread of ridicule.
Instruction ends in the schoolroom, but education ends only with life. A child is given to the universe to be educated.
The true aim of everyone who aspires to be a teacher should be, not to impart his own opinions, but to kindle minds.
A silent man is easily reputed wise. A man who suffers none to see him in the common jostle and undress of life, easily gathers round him a mysterious veil of unknown sanctity, and men honor him for a saint. The unknown is always wonderful.
The office of poetry is not to make us think accurately, but feel truly.
However dark and profitless, however painful and weary, existence may have become, life is not done, and our Christian character is not won, so long as God has anything left for us to suffer, or anything left for us to do.
It is the law of our humanity that man must know good through evil. No great principle ever triumphed but through much evil. No man ever progressed to greatness and goodness but through great mistakes.
Only so far as a man believes strongly, mightily, can he act cheerfully, or do anything that is worth doing.
The Divine wisdom has given us prayer, not as a means whereby to obtain the good things of earth, but as a means whereby we learn to do without them; not as a means whereby we escape evil, but as a means whereby we become strong to meet it.
The humblest occupation has in it materials of discipline for the highest heaven.
There are three things in the world that deserve no mercy, hypocrisy, fraud, and tyranny.
He may like to go alone for a walk, but he hates to stand alone in his opinion.
It is not the number of books you read, nor the variety of sermons you hear, nor the amount of religious conversation in which you mix, but it is the frequency and earnestness with which you meditate on these things till the truth in them becomes your own and part of your being, that ensures your growth.
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