If I could choose what of all things would be at the same time the most delightful and useful to me, I should prefer a firm religious belief to every other blessing; for this makes life a discipline of goodness; creates new hopes when all earthly ones vanish; throws over the decay of existence the most gorgeous of all lights; awakens life even in death; makes even torture and shame the ladder of ascent to paradise; and far above all combinations of earthly hopes, calls up the most delightful visions of the future, the security of everlasting joys, where the sensualist and the skeptic view only gloom, decay, annihilation, and despair.
Topics: Faith, Religion
The wealth and prosperity of the country are only the comeliness of the body, the fullness of the flesh and fat; but the spirit is independent of them; it requires only muscle, bone and nerve for the true exercise of its functions. We cannot lose our liberty, because we cannot cease to think.
Topics: Nation, Nationality, Nationalism, Nations
Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness and small obligations, given habitually, are what win and preserve the heart and secure comfort.
Topics: Living, Obligation, Life, Kindness
Profound minds are the most likely to think lightly of the resources of human reason, and it is the superficial thinker who is generally strongest in every kind of unbelief.
Language is not only the vehicle of thought, it is a great and efficient instrument in thinking.
In the present state of our knowledge, it would be useless to attempt to speculate on the remote cause of the electrical energy… its relation to chemical affinity is, however, sufficiently evident. May it not be identical with it, and an essential property of matter?
I have learned more from my mistakes than from my successes.
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