He who boasts of being perfect is perfect in folly. I never saw a perfect man. Every rose has its thorns, and every day its night. Even the sun shows spots, and the skies are darkened with clouds. And faults of some kind nestle in every bosom.
A beggar’s rags may cover as much pride as an alderman’s gown.
E’er since by faith I saw the stream
Thy flowing wounds supply
Redeeming love has been my theme
And shall be till I die
Humility is to make a right estimate of one’s self. It is no humility for a man to think less of himself than he ought, though it might rather puzzle him to do that.
Topics: Humility, Love
The greatest works are done by the ones.—The hundreds do not often do much—the companies never; it is the units—the single individuals, that are the power and the might.—Individual effort is, after all, the grand thing.
Holiness is not the way to Christ, but Christ is the way to holiness.
Good thoughts are blessed guests, and should be heartily welcomed, well fed, and much sought after. Like rose leaves, they give out a sweet smell if laid up in the jar of memory.
Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be discerned from the top of a mountain? So are many things learned in adversity which the prosperous man dreams not of?
There are no crown-wearers in heaven that were not cross-bearers here below.
None are more unjust in their judgments of others than those who have a high opinion of themselves.
A countryman is as warm in fustian as a king in velvet, and a truth is as comfortable in homely language as in fine speech. As to the way of dishing up the meat, hungry men leave that to the cook, only let the meat be sweet and substantial.
A child of God should be a visible beatitude for joy and happiness, and a living doxology for gratitude and adoration.
There is no fatigue so wearisome as that which comes from lack of work.
Sometimes we think we are too busy to pray. That is a great mistake, for praying is a saving of time.
A vigorous temper is not altogether an evil. Men who are easy as an old shoe are generally of little worth.
Whether we like it or not, asking is the rule of the Kingdom.
With children we must mix gentleness with firmness.—They must not always have their own way, but they must not always be thwarted.—If we never have headaches through rebuking them, we shall have plenty of heartaches when they grow up.—Be obeyed at all costs; for if you yield up your authority once, you will hardly get it again.
Poverty is hard, but debt is horrible.—A man might as well have a smoky house and a scolding wife, which are said to be the two worst evils of our life.
Learn to say “No”; it will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin.
There is wisdom in generosity, as in everything else.—A friend to everybody is often a friend to nobody; or else, in his simplicity, he robs his family to help strangers, and so becomes brother to a beggar.
No one is so miserable as the poor person who maintains the appearance of wealth.
The wishing gate opens into nothing.
Hundreds would never have known want, if they had not first known waste.
Sincerity makes the very least person to be of more value than the most talented hypocrite.
He who is surety is never sure himself. Take advice, and never be security for more than you are quite willing to lose. Remember the word of the wise man: “He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it; and he that hateth suretyship is sure.”
Topics: Action, Beliefs
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