Evil news rides post, while good news bates.
What is strength without a double share of wisdom? Vast, unwieldy, burthensome, proudly secure, yet liable to fall by weakest subtleties; strength’s not made to rule, but to subserve, where wisdom bears command.
Topics: Wisdom, Strength
Those graceful acts, those thousand decencies, that daily flow from all her words and actions, mixed with love and sweet compliance, which declare unfeigned union of mind, or in us both one soul.
Topics: Marriage, Wives
In contemplation of created things, by steps we may ascend to God.
Hail wedded love, mysterious law, true source of human offspring, sole propriety in Paradise of all things common else. By thee adulterous lust was driven from men among the bestial herds to range; by thee founded in reason, loyal, just, and pure, relations dear, and all the charities of father, son, and brother first were known.
Come, pensive nun, devout and pure, sober steadfast, and demure, all in a robe of darkest grain, flowing with majestic train.
None can love freedom heartily but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license.
Biochemically, love is just like eating large amounts of chocolate.
Our country is where ever we are well off.
The spirit of man, which God inspired, cannot together perish with this corporeal clod.
The greatest burden in the world is superstition, not only of ceremonies in the church, but of imaginary and scarecrow sins at home.
It is not miserable to be blind; it is miserable to be incapable of enduring blindness.
Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.
Prudence is the virtue by which we discern what is proper to do under various circumstances in time and place.
Mutual love, the crown of all our bliss.
Reason also is choice.
He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires, and fears is more than a king.
‘Tis chastity, my brother, chastity. She that has that is clad in complete steel, and like a quivered nymph with arrows keen may trace huge forests and unharbored heaths, infamous hills and sandy perilous wilds, where through the sacred rays of chastity, no savage fierce, bandit, or mountaineer will dare to soil her virgin purity.
Now came still evening on, and twilight gray had in her sober livery all things clad.
Swinish gluttony ne’er looks to heaven amid his gorgeous feast, but with besotted, base ingratitude, crams and blasphemes his feeder.
But peace! I must not quarrel with the will of highest dispensation, which, haply, hath ends above my reach to know.
God made thee perfect, not immutable! and good he made thee, but to persevere he left it in thy power; ordained thy will by nature free, not over ruled by fate inextricable, or strict necessity.
Laws can discover sin, but not remove it.
The evening star, love’s harbinger, appeared.
When I consider how my light is spent
E’re half my days, in this dark world and wide,
And that one Talent which is death to hide,
Lodg’d with me useless, though my Soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, least he returning chide,
Doth God exact day-labour, light deny’d,
I fondly ask; But patience to prevent
That murmur, soon replies, God doth not need
Either man’s work or his own gifts, who best
Bear his milde yoak, they serve him best, his State
Is Kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed
And post o’re Land and Ocean without rest:
They also serve who only stand and waite.
Topics: Patience, Service
Long is the way and hard, that out of hell leads up to light.
Here at last
We shall be free;
the Almighty hath not built
Here for his envy, will not drive us hence:
Here we may reign secure, and in my choice
To reign is worth ambition though in Hell:
Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven.
No institution which does not continually test its ideals, techniques and measure of accomplishment can claim real vitality.
The golden sun, in splendor likest heaven, dispenses light from far; days, months, and years, toward his all-cheering lamp turn their swift motions, or are turned by his magnetic beam that warms the universe.
A short retirement urges a sweet return.
What can escape the eye of God, all seeing, or deceive his heart, omniscient!
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