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A Christian will find his parenthesis for prayer, even through his busiest hours.
A friend called on me when I was ill, to settle some business. My head was too much confused by my indisposition to understand fully what he said, but I had such unlimited confidence in him that I did whatever he bid me, in the fullest assurance that it was right. How simply I can trust in man, and how little in God! How unreasonable is a pure act of faith in one like ourselves, if we cannot repose the same faith in God.
An accession of wealth is a dangerous predicament for a man. At first he is stunned, if the accession be sudden; he is very humble and very grateful. Then he begins to speak a little louder; people think him more sensible, and soon he thinks himself so.
An idle man has a constant tendency to torpidity. He has adopted the Indian maxim--that it is better to walk than to run, and better to stand than to walk, and better to sit than to stand, and better to lie than to sit. He hugs himself into the notion, that God calls him to be quiet.
Aversion from reproof is not wise. It is a mark of a little mind. A great man can afford to lose; a little insignificant fellow is afraid of being snuffed out.
Duties are ours; events are God's. This removes an infinite burden from the shoulders of a miserable, tempted, dying creature. On this consideration only, can he securely lay down his head, and close his eyes.
Eloquence is vehement simplicity.
Every man is an original and solitary character. None can either understand or feel the book of his own life like himself.
Every man will have his own criterion in forming his judgment of others. I depend very much on the effect of affliction. I consider how a man comes out of the furnace; gold will lie for a month in the furnace without losing a grain.
Example is more forcible than precept. People look at my six days in the week to see what I mean on the seventh.
He who sows, even with tears, the precious seed of faith, hope and love shall "doubtless come again, with joy and bring his sheaves with him"; because it is in the very nature of that seed to yield, under the kindly influence secured to it, a joyful harvest.
I cannot look around me without being struck with the analogy observable in the works of God. I find the Bible written in the style of His other books of Creation and Providence. The pen seems in the same hand. I see it, indeed, write at times mysteriously in each of these books; thus I know that mystery in the works of God is only another name for my ignorance. The moment, therefore, that I become hum-ble, all becomes right.
I could write down twenty cases, wherein I wished God had done otherwise than He did; but which I now see, had I had my own will, would have led to extensive mischief. The life of a Christian is a life of paradoxes.
I extend the circle of real religion very widely. Many men fear God, and love God, and have a sincere desire to serve him, whose views of religious truth are very imperfect, and in some points utterly false. But may not many such persons have a state of heart acceptable before God?
If I have made an appointment with you, I owe you punctuality; I have no right to throw away your time, if I do my own.
If there is any person to whom you feel a dislike, that is the person of whom you ought never to speak.
Keep thyself unspotted from the world.
Never was there a man of deep piety, who has not been brought into extremities--who has not been put into fire--who has been taught to say, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him."
Nothing can be proposed so wild or so absurd as not to find a party, and often a very large party to espouse it.
Our nature is like the sea, which gains by the flow of the tide in one place what it has lost by the ebb in another. A man may acquiesce in the method which God takes to mortify his pride; but he is in danger of growing proud of the mortification.
Philosophy is a proud, sullen detector of the poverty and misery of man. It may turn him from the world with a proud, sturdy contempt; but it cannot come forward and say, here are rest, grace, pardon, peace, strength, and consolation.
Providence is a greater mystery than revelation.
Religion is such a belief of the Bible as maintains a living influence on the heart.
Self-will is so ardent and active that it will break a world to pieces to make a stool to sit on.
Self-wit is so ardent and active that it will break a sword to pieces to make a stool to sit on.
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