The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind to train it to the use of its own powers, rather than fill it with the accumulation of others.
To be good, we must do good and by doing good we take a sure means of being good, as the use and exercise of the muscles increase their power.
He who can suppress a moment's anger may prevent a day of sorrow.
Quiet and sincere sympathy is often the most welcome and efficient consolation to the afflicted. Said a wise man to one in deep sorrow, I did not come to comfort you God only can do that but I did come to say how deeply and tenderly I feel for you in your affliction.
Where duty is plain, delay is both foolish and hazardous where it is not, delay may provide both wisdom and safety.
Between two evils, choose neither between two goods, choose both.
Every parting is a form of death, as every reunion is a type of heaven.
He that never changes his opinions, never corrects his mistakes, will never be wiser on the morrow than he is today.
To waken interest and kindle enthusiasm is the sure way to teach easily and successfully.
Compromise is but the sacrifice of one right or good in the hope of retaining another too often ending in the loss of both.
Thoughts lead on to purposes purposes go forth in action actions form habits habits decide character and character fixes our destiny.
Thoughts lead on to purpose, purpose leads on to actions, actions form habits, habits decide character, and character fixes our destiny
Age does not depend upon years, but upon temperament and health. Some men are born old, and some never grow so.
Anecdotes are sometimes the best vehicles of truth, and if striking and appropriate, are often more impressive and powerful than argument
Facts are God's arguments; we should be careful never to misunderstand or pervert them
Credulity is belief in slight evidence, with no evidence, or against evidence
Whoever in prayer can say, Our Father, acknowledges and should feel the brotherhood of the whole race of mankind
To murder character is as truly a crime as to murder the body: the tongue of the slanderer is brother to the dagger of the assassin
Most controversies would soon be ended, if those engaged in them would first accurately define their terms, and then adhere to their definitions.
The first evil choice or act is linked to the second; and each one to the one that follows, both by the tendency of our evil nature and by the power of habit, which holds us as by a destiny
To rejoice in another's prosperity is to give content to your lot; to mitigate another's grief is to alleviate or dispel your own
Sin with the multitude, and your responsibility and guilt are as great and as truly personal, as if you alone had done the wrong
Seek happiness for its own sake, and you will not find it; seek for duty, and happiness will follow as the shadow comes with the sunshine.
Hell is truth seen too late - duty neglected in its season
We never reach our ideals, whether of mental or moral improvement, but the thought of them shows us our deficiencies, and spurs us on to higher and better things