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Blessed is he who expects little, for he shall have but little disappointment. Remember never to set thy desires very high. He that has aspirations to the moon, will be disappointed if he only reaches half as high; whereas, if he had aspired lower, he would be agreeably disappointed when he found hi... Read More


I heard of a brother who claimed to long having been a teetotaller, but some doubted. When he was asked how long he had been an abstainer, he replied, “Off and on for twenty years.” You should have seen the significant smile upon all faces. An abstainer off and on! His example did not stand for much... Read More


Aspire to be something more than the mass of church members. Lift up your cry to God and beseech him to fire you with a nobler ambition than that which possesses the common Christian—that you may be found faithful unto God at the last, and may win many crowns for your Lord and Master, Christ. 867.23... Read More


If they could but see that all their high joys do not exalt them, and all their low despondencies do not really depress them in their Father’s sight, but that they stand accepted in one who never alters, in one who is always the beloved of God, always perfect, always without spot or wrinkle, or any ... Read More


Do much, very much, all you can do, and a little more. “How is that?” says one. I do not think a man is doing all he can do if he is not attempting more than he will complete. 1111.273 But, young friend, there is a difference, and more than a slight one, between intentions and accomplishments. We do... Read More


I think we have greater reason to ask the Lord to impress more deeply upon us the truth we have received than to ask him to give us more truth; for what we already know might suffice us if we did but know it better; and if we kept in mind the things which we have already heard, we might almost be sa... Read More


There is nothing in the law of God that will rob you of happiness; it only denies you that which would cost you sorrow. 2419.305 It is that which thou art most loath to hear that thou hast most need to hear; instead of being angry with him who points it out to thee, thou shouldst be willing to pay h... Read More


He who has tasted a sour apple will have the more relish for a sweet one; your present want will make future prosperity all the sweeter. PT166 The dog in the kennel barks at the fleas; the hunting dog does not even know they are there. PT166 If there are no adversaries, you may fear that there will ... Read More


Well, brother, well, sister, remember that where your treasure is your heart will go, and if that treasure be taken away your heart must ache. 1210.10 The more objects you set your heart upon, the more thorns there are to tear your peace of mind to shreds. 1692.668 Those things which we allow to tak... Read More


They who dive in the sea of affliction bring up rare pearls. 619.145 Affliction hardens those whom it does not soften. 1129.484 Some of you people of God, when you get bitter waters, want to throw them away. Do not throw a drop of it away, for that is the water you have yet to drink. Accept your aff... Read More


It is a crime to permit our fires to burn low while experience yields us more and more abundant fuel. AM191 From the altar of age the flashes of the fire of youth are gone, but the more real flame of earnest feeling remains. ME556 As we grow older, it is wise to concentrate more and more our energie... Read More


One walking with me observed, with some emphasis, “I do not believe as you do. I am an Agnostic.” “Oh,” I said to him. “Yes. That is a Greek word, is it not? The Latin word, I think, is ignoramus.” He did not like it at all. Yet I only translated his language from Greek to Latin. These are queer wat... Read More


Some time ago, I read in the paper of a gentleman being taken up before a magistrate. What was the charge against him? Nothing very serious, you will say. He was found wandering in the fields. He was asked where he was going, and he said he was not going anywhere. He was asked where he came from, an... Read More


The best way to make a man sober is to bring him to the foot of the cross. AM108 Those beer-shops are the curse of this country—no good ever can come of them, and the evil they do no tongue can tell; the publics were bad enough, but the beer-shops are a pest; I wish the man who made the law to open ... Read More


The wide awake man seizes opportunities or makes them, and thus those who are widest awake usually come to the front. 996.338... Read More


Men do not quarrel when their ambitions have come to an end. 2281.529 Do you not know that the higher you rise, even in the Church of Christ, the more responsibility you have, and the heavier burdens you have to carry? 2871.91 And it is much the same also with ambition,—not the desire to use one’s c... Read More


“But,” says one, “are we not to have amusements?” Yes, such amusements as you can take in the fear of God. Do whatever Jesus would have done. GS291 I have nothing to say against recreation in its proper place. Certain forms of recreation are needful and useful; but it is a wretched thing when amusem... Read More


Big as men may account themselves to be on account of their ancestors, we all trace our line up to a gardener, who lost his place through stealing his Master’s fruit, and that is the farthest we can possibly go. Adam covers us all with disgrace, and under that disgrace we should all sit humbly down.... Read More


How angels thus keep us we cannot tell. Whether they repel demons, counteract spiritual plots, or even ward off the subtler physical forces of disease, we do not know. Perhaps we shall one day stand amazed at the multiplied services which the unseen bands have rendered to us. TD91:11 If you had eyes... Read More


Anger is a short madness. The less we do when we go mad the better for everybody, and the less we go mad the better for ourselves. PP36 Do nothing when you are out of temper, and then you will have the less to undo. PP37 Anger does a man more hurt than that which made him angry. PP37 People look non... Read More

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