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Hosea Ballou Quotes

Brevity and conciseness are the parents of correction.

Disease is the retribution of outraged Nature.

Doubt is the incentive to truth and inquiry leads the way.

Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken within hearsay of little children tends toward the formation of character.

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

Error is always more busy than truth.

Everything in the world exists to end up in a book.

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

Falsehood is cowardice, the truth courage.

Forty is the old age of youth, fifty is the youth of old age.

Hatred is self-punishment.

It is easy to be beautiful; it is difficult to appear so.

Never be so brief as to become obscure.

Never let your zeal outrun your charity. The former is but human, the latter is divine.

No one has a greater asset for his business than a man's pride in his work.

Preaching is to much avail, but practice is far more effective. A godly life is the strongest argument you can offer the skeptic.

Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.

Religion which requires persecution to sustain, it is of the devil's propagation.

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

Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.