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Hosea Ballou quotes (25)

Brevity and conciseness are the parents of correction.
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Disease is the retribution of outraged Nature.
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Doubt is the incentive to truth and inquiry leads the way.
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Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken within hearsay of little children tends toward the formation of character.
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Energy, like the biblical grain of the mustard-seed, will remove mountains.
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Error is always more busy than truth.
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Everything in the world exists to end up in a book.
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Exaggeration is a blood relation to falsehood and nearly as blamable.
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Falsehood is cowardice, the truth courage.
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Forty is the old age of youth, fifty is the youth of old age.
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Hatred is self-punishment.
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It is easy to be beautiful; it is difficult to appear so.
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Never be so brief as to become obscure.
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Never let your zeal outrun your charity. The former is but human, the latter is divine.
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No one has a greater asset for his business than a man's pride in his work.
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Preaching is to much avail, but practice is far more effective. A godly life is the strongest argument you can offer the skeptic.
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Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.
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Religion which requires persecution to sustain, it is of the devil's propagation.
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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.
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Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.
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The oppression of any people for opinion's sake has rarely had any other effect than to fix those opinions deeper, and render them more important.
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Theories are always very thin and insubstantial, experience only is tangible.
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There is no such things as "best" in the world of individuals.
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Those who commit injustice bear the greatest burden.
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Though ambition in itself is a vice, it often is also the parent of virtue.
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