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HOSEA BALLOU QUOTES

American clergyman and author (1771-1852)

Exaggeration is a blood relation to falsehood and nearly as blamable.

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Experience is retrospect knowledge.

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Too many people embrace religion from the same motives that they take a companion in wedlock, not from true love of the person, but because of a large dowry.

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It is but a step from companionship to slavery when one associates with vice.

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No reproof or denunciation is so potent as the silent influence of a good example.

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A religion which requires persecution to sustain it is of the devil's propagation.

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Idleness is emptiness; the tree in which the sap is stagnant, remains fruitless.

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Unless we find repose within ourselves, it is vain to seek it elsewhere.

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That alone can be called true refinement which elevates the soul of man, purifying the manners by improving the intellect.

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There is one inevitable criterion of judgment touching religious faith in doctrinal matters. Can you reduce it to practice? If not, have none of it.

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Disease is the retribution of outraged Nature.

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O sin, how you paint your face! How you flatter us poor mortals on to death! You never appear to the sinner in your true character; you make fair promises, but you never fulfil one; your tongue is smoother than oil, but the poison of asps is under your lip!

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Prosperity seems to be scarcely safe, unless it be mixed with a little adversity.

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Obedience and resignation are our personal offerings upon the altar of duty.

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Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul; and the heart of man knoweth none more fragrant. While its opponent, ingratitude, is a deadly weed; not only poisonous in itself but impregnating the very atmosphere in which it grows, with fetid vapors.

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Energy, even like the biblical grain of mustard-seed, will remove mountains.

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I ask no truer image of my Heavenly Father than I find reflected in my own heart -- all loving, all forgiving.

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Theories are very thin and unsubstantial; experience only is tangible.

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How white are the fair robes of Charity as she walketh amid the lowly habitations of the poor!

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Hatred is self-punishment.

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Suspicion is far more apt to be wrong than right; oftener unjust than just. It is no friend to virtue, and always an enemy to happiness.

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Prosperity often presages adversity.

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Few things in this world trouble people more than poverty, or the fear of poverty; and indeed it is a sore affliction; but, like all other ills that flesh is heir to, it has its antidote, its reliable remedy. The judicious application of industry, prudence, and temperance is a certain cure.

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Folly is like the growth of weeds, always luxurious and spontaneous; wisdom, like flowers, requires cultivation.

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A mother's love, in a degree, sanctifies the most worthless offspring.

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Remember, when incited to slander, that it is only he among you who is without sin that may cast the first stone.

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A true religious instinct never deprived man of one single joy; mournful faces and a sombre aspect are the conventional affectations of the weak-minded.

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A good smile is the sunshine of wisdom.

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Faith, in order to be genuine and of any real value, must be the offspring of that divine love which Jesus manifested when he prayed for his enemies on the cross.

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How quickly a truly benevolent act is repaid by the consciousness of having done it.

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Obedience, as it regards the social relations, the laws of society, and the laws of nature and of nature's God, should commence at the cradle and end only at the tomb.

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Between the humble and contrite heart and the majesty of Heaven there are no barriers; the only password is prayer.

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It is very questionable in my mind, how far we have the right to judge one of another, since there is born within every man the germs of both virtue and vice. The development of one or the other is contingent upon circumstances.

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Embark on no enterprise which you cannot submit to the test of prayer.

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Moderation is the key-note of lasting enjoyment.

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The learning which makes us acquainted with ourselves, with the powers and faculties of the human mind, with divine truth, which is plainly revealed, with its power on the mind and heart, with the concatenations of cause and effect and to understand our everyday duty, which grows out of our wants and the wants of those about us, is learning of a better quality than that which only enables us to call things by different names, without giving us a knowledge of their qualities either for good or evil.

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The heavens and the earth, the woods and the wayside, teem with instruction and knowledge to the curious and thoughtful.

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