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The babe at first feeds upon the mother’s bosom, but it is always on her heart.
– Henry Ward Beecher
The most dangerous people are the ignorant.
All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.
Gambling with cards or dice or stocks is all one thing. It’s getting money without giving an equivalent for it.
The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy.
Suffering is part of the divine idea.
Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they are going to catch you in next.
Of all escape mechanisms, death is the most efficient.
The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.
God made man to go by motives, and he will not go without them, any more than a boat without steam or a balloon without gas.
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.
Theology is a science of mind applied to God.
In this world, full often, our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast.
The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.
Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.
No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy today, mix good cheer with friends today enjoy it and bless God for it.
You and I do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.
Books are not men and yet they stay alive.
If a man cannot be a Christian in the place where he is, he cannot be a Christian anywhere.
The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.
He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.
It is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.
Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart.
The dog is the god of frolic.
To know that one has a secret is to know half the secret itself.
Never forget what a person says to you when they are angry.
It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.