A religion without its mysteries is a temple without a God.

We should be more anxious that our afflictions should benefit us than that they should be speedily removed from us.

He might be a very clever man by nature for aught I know, but he laid so many books upon his head that his brains could not move.

In matters of conscience, first thoughts are best. In matters of prudence, last thoughts are best.

We are to seek wisdom and understanding only in the length of days.

In the power of fixing the attention lies the most precious of the intellectual habits.

Glass of brandy and water! That is the current but not the appropriate name: ask for a glass of liquid fire and distilled damnation.

If an uninterested spectator, after a careful perusal of the New Testament, were asked what he conceived to be its distinguishing characteristic, he would reply without hesitation, "That wonderful spirit of philanthropy by which it is distinguished." It is a perpetual commentary on that sublime aphorism, 'God is love.'