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The ignorant classes are the dangerous classes.
– Henry Ward Beecher
Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments.
Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.
The worst thing in this world, next to anarchy, is government.
The world’s battlefields have been in the heart chiefly; more heroism has been displayed in the household and the closet, than on the most memorable battlefields in history.
We steal if we touch tomorrow. It is God’s.
Clothes and manners do not make the man; but, when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.
A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.
The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself.
The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success.
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.
We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.
Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child.
Heaven will be inherited by every man who has heaven in his soul.
It is not the going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of a voyage.
There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousands truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away.
Now comes the mystery.
Well married a person has wings, poorly married shackles.
Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.
The real democratic American idea is, not that every man shall be on a level with every other man, but that every man shall have liberty to be what God made him, without hindrance.
The head learns new things, but the heart forever practices old experiences.
I don’t like these cold, precise, perfect people, who, in order not to speak wrong, never speak at all, and in order not to do wrong, never do anything.
The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!
A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never.
Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.