Six things are requisite to create a “happy home.” Integrity must be the architect, and tidiness the upholsterer. It must be warmed by affection, lighted up with cheerfulness; and industry must be the ventilator, renewing the atmosphere and bringing in fresh salubrity day by day; while over all, as a protecting canopy and glory, nothing will suffice except the blessing of God.
Persevering mediocrity is much more respectable, and unspeakably more useful, than talented inconstancy.
Malevolence is misery; it is the mind of Satan, the great enemy, an outcast from all joy, and the opponent of all goodness and happiness.
True gentleness is love in society, holding intercourse with those around it.—It is considerateness; it is tenderness of feeling; it is promptitude of sympathy; it is love in all its depths, and in all its delicacy.—It is everything included in that matchless grace, “the gentleness of Christ.”
Meekness is love at school, at the school of Christ.—It is the disciple learning to know, and fear, and distrust himself, and learning of him who is meek and lowly in heart, and so finding rest to his soul.
No better heritage can a father bequeath to his children than a good name; nor is there in a family any richer heirloom than the memory of a noble ancestor.
Goodness is love in action,
love with its hand to the plow,
love with the burden on its back,
love following his footsteps
who went about continually doing good.
A name truly good is the aroma from virtuous character; it is a spontaneous emanation from genuine excellence.—Such a name is not only remembered on earth, but it is written in heaven.
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