Hosea Ballou


American Universalist Clergyman and Theological Writer

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A wise Providence consoles our present afflictions by joys borrowed from the future.

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.

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

Mystery and innocence are not akin.

Purity in person and in morals is true godliness.

Theory, from whatever source, is not perfect until it is reduced to practice.

Annihilation, as regards matter, is simply impossible.

Falsehood is cowardice, the truth courage.

If we agree in love, there is no disagreement that can do us any injury,

Never be so brief as to become obscure.

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

There are no such things as "best" in the world of individuals.

As "unkindness has no remedy at law," let its avoidance be with you a point of honor.

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

In the diligence of his idleness.

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

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

There is no doubt that religious fanatics have done more to prejudice the cause they affect to advocate than have its opponents.

As the sun?s rays will irradiate even the murky pool, and make its stagnant waters to shine like silver, so doth God?s goodness and tender mercy, towards the greatest sinner, and the blackest heart, make his own image visible there!

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

It is a glorious occupation, vivifying and self-sustaining in its nature, to struggle with ignorance, and discover to the inquiring minds of the masses the clear cerulean blue of heavenly truth.

No outward change need trouble him who is inwardly serene.

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

There is no immunity from the consequences of sin; punishment is swift and sure to one and all.

Attempt to teach the young but little at a time; this will be easier to impart, easier to receive, and surer to be retained.

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American Universalist Clergyman and Theological Writer