God’s thoughts, his will, his love, his judgments are all man’s home. To think his thoughts, to choose his will, to love his loves, to judge his judgments, and thus to know that he is in us, is to be at home.
All growth that is not toward God, is growing to decay.
God left the world unfinished for man to work his skill upon. He left the electricity still in the cloud, the oil still in the earth. How often we look upon God as our last and feeblest resource! We go to Him because we have nowhere else to go. And then we learn that the storms of life have driven us, not upon the rocks, but into the desired haven.
Topics: Adversity, God
Man finds it hard to get what he wants, because he does not want the best; God finds it hard to give, because He would give the best, and man will not take it.
My prayers, my God, flow from what I am not; I think Thy answers make me what I am.
Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.
God chooses that men should be tried, but let a man beware of tempting his neighbor. God knows how and how much, and where and when. Man is his brother’s keeper, and must keep him according to his knowledge.
God never gave a man a thing to do, concerning which it were irreverent to ponder how the Son of God would have done it.
But for money and the need of it, there would not be half the friendship in the world. It is powerful for good if divinely used. Give it plenty of air and it is sweet as the hawthorn; shut it up and it cankers and breeds worms.
The hell that a lie would keep a man from, is doubtless the very best place for him to go.
It is not the cares of today, but the cares of tomorrow that weigh a man down. For the needs of today we have corresponding strength given.—For the morrow we are told to trust.—It is not ours yet.
One of the grandest things in having rights is that though they are your rights you may give them up.
To the dim and bewildered vision of humanity, God’s care is more evident in some instances than in others; and upon such instances men seize, and call them providences. It is well that they can; but it would be gloriously better if they could believe that the whole matter is one grand providence.
One thing is clear to me, that no indulgence of passion destroys the spiritual nature so much as respectable selfishness.
There are many things in which one and the other loses; but if it is essential to any transaction that only one side shall gain, the thing is not of G0d.
Few delights can equal the mere presence of one whom we trust utterly.
The seed dies into a new life, and so does man.
Emulation is the devil-shadow of aspiration.—To excite it is worthy only of the commonplace vulgar schoolmaster, whose ambition is to show what fine scholars he can turn out, that he may get the more pupils.
Trust to God to weave your thread into the great web, though the pattern shows it not yet.
Alas! how easily things go wrong; a sigh too much or a kiss too long, and there follows a mist and a weeping rain, and life is never the same again.
Beauty and sadness always go together.
Nature thought beauty too rich to go forth
Upon the earth without a meet alloy.
Where there is no choice, we do well to make no difficulty.
They are not the best students who are most dependent on books. What can be got out of them is at best only material; a man must build his house for himself.
One of the good things that come of a true marriage is, that there is one face on which changes come without your seeing them; or rather there is one face which you can still see the same, through all the shadows which years have gathered upon it.
It is by loving and by being loved that one can come nearest to the soul of another.
Free will is not the liberty to do whatever one likes, but the power of doing whatever one sees ought to be done, even in the very face of otherwise overwhelming impulse. There lies freedom, indeed.
Topics: Freedom, Liberty, Society
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