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A large part of Christian virtue con­sists in good habits.
[Habit]
 

A large part of virtue consists in good habits.
[Virtue]
 

All anger is not sinful, because some degree of it, and on some occasions, is inevitable. - But it becomes sinful and contradicts the rule of Scripture when it is conceived upon slight and inadequate provocation, and when it continues long.
[Anger]
 

Eternity is a negative idea clothed with a positive name. - It supposes, in that to which it is applied, a present existence, and is the negation of a beginning or an end of that existence.
 

I have seldom known any one who deserted truth in trifles, that could be trusted in matters of importance.
[Truth]
 

In all things preserve integrity, and the consciousness of thine own uprightness will alleviate the toil of business, soften the hardness of ill-success and disappointment, and give thee an humble confidence before God when the ingratitude of men, or the iniquity of the times may rob thee of other reward.
 

In all things preserve integrity; and the consciousness of thine own uprightness will alleviate the toil of business, soften the hardness of ill-success and disappointments, and give thee an humble confidence before God, when the ingratitude of man, or the iniquity of the times may rob thee of other reward.
[Integrity]
 

In the species with which we are best acquainted, namely, our own, I am far, even as an observer of human life, from thinking that youth is its happiest season, much less the only happy one.
[Youth]
 

Manners are minor morals.
[Manners]
 

No man's spirits were ever hurt by doing his duty. - On the contrary, one good action, one temptation resisted and overcome, one sacrifice of desire or interest purely for conscience's sake, will prove a cordial for weak and low spirits far beyond what either indulgence, or diversion, or company can do for them.
[Duty]
 

One great cause of our insensibility to the goodness of our Creator is the very extensiveness of his bounty.
[Ingratitude]
 

One very common error misleads the opinion of mankind, that authority is pleasant, and submission painful. In the general course of human affairs the very reverse of this is nearer to the truth. - Command is anxiety; obedience is ease.
[Obedience]
 

Pain itself is not without its alleviations. It is seldom both violent and long-continued; and its pauses and intermissions become positive pleasures. It has the power of shedding a satisfaction over intervals of ease, which few enjoyments exceed.
[Pain]
 

That man is to be accounted poor, of whatever rank he be, and suffers the pains of poverty, whose expenses exceed his resources; and no man is, properly speaking, poor, but he.
[Poverty]
 

The common course of things is in favor of happiness. - Happiness is the rule, misery the exception. - Were the order reversed, our attention would be called to examples of health and competency, instead of disease and want.
[Happiness]
 

The Lord's Prayer, for a succession of solemn thoughts, for fixing the attention upon a few great points, for suitableness to every condition, for sufficiency for conciseness without obscurity, for the weight and real importance of its petition, is without an equal or a rival.
[Prayer]
 

The wise prove, and the foolish confess, by their conduct, that a life of employment is the only life worth leading.
 

There are habits, not only of drinking, swearing, and lying, but of every modification of action, speech, and thought. Man is a bundle of habits; in a word, there is not a quality or function, either of body or mind, which does not feel the influence of this great law of animated nature.
[Habit]
 

There's a certain amount of disorder that has to be reorganized.
 

To do what we will, is natural liberty; to do what we may consistently with the interests of the community to which we belong, is civil liberty, the only liberty to be desired in a state of civil society.
[Liberty]
 


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