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Hannah More Sayings: It is a part of Christianity to convert every natural talent to a religious use. It is a part of Christianity to convert every natural talent to a religious use.
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Hannah More Sayings: A faint endeavor ends in a sure defeat. A faint endeavor ends in a sure defeat.
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Hannah More Sayings: Glory darts her soul-pervading ray on thrones and cottages, regardless still of all the artificial Glory darts her soul-pervading ray on thrones and cottages, regardless still of all the artificial nice distinctions vain human customs make.
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Hannah More Sayings: Proportion and propriety are among the best secrets of domestic wisdom; and there is no Proportion and propriety are among the best secrets of domestic wisdom; and there is no surer test of integrity than a well-proportioned expenditure.
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Hannah More Sayings: Man can see his reflection in water only when he bends down close to it, Man can see his reflection in water only when he bends down close to it, and the heart of man, too, must lean down to the heart of his fellow; then it will see itself within his heart.
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Hannah More Sayings: We do not really know how to forgive until we know what it is to We do not really know how to forgive until we know what it is to be forgiven.
Therefore we should be glad that we can be forgiven by others. It is our
forgiveness of one another that makes the love of Jesus manifest in our lives,
for in forgiving one another we act towards one another
as He has acted towards us.
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Hannah More Sayings: Nothing raises the price of a blessing like its removal; whereas it was its continuance Nothing raises the price of a blessing like its removal; whereas it was its continuance which should have taught us its value. There are three requisitions to the proper enjoyment of earthly blessings,
a thankful reflection on the goodness of the Giver, a deep sense of our unworthiness, a recollection of the uncertainty of long possessing them. The first would make us grateful; the second, humble; and the third, moderate.
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Hannah More Sayings: Where bright imagination reigns, the fine-wrought spirit feels acuter pains. Where bright imagination reigns, the fine-wrought spirit feels acuter pains.
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Hannah More Sayings: Youth has a quickness of apprehension, which it is very apt to mistake for an Youth has a quickness of apprehension, which it is very apt to mistake for an acuteness of penetration.
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Hannah More Sayings: Sensibility appears to me to be neither good nor evil in itself, but in its Sensibility appears to me to be neither good nor evil in itself, but in its application. Under the influence of Christian principle, it makes saints and martyrs; ill-directed, or uncontrolled, it is a snare, and the source of every temptation; besides, as people cannot get it if it is not given them, to descant on it seems to me as idle as to recommend people to have black eyes or fair complexions.
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Hannah More Sayings: The ubiquity of the Divine presence is the only true support, and I am sometimes The ubiquity of the Divine presence is the only true support, and I am sometimes astonished how persons, who evidently do not possess that grand source of consolation, keep up their spirits under trials and difficulties. It must be owing to careless tempers and nerves of brass.
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Hannah More Sayings: It is doing some service to humanity, to amuse innocently. They know but little of It is doing some service to humanity, to amuse innocently. They know but little of society who think we can bear to be always employed, either in duties or meditation, without relaxation.
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Hannah More Sayings: Anger is a violent act, envy a constant habit - no one can be always Anger is a violent act, envy a constant habit - no one can be always angry, but he may be always envious ...
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Hannah More Sayings: To those who know thee not, no words can paint! And those who know thee, To those who know thee not, no words can paint! And those who know thee, know all words are faint!
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Hannah More Sayings: We do not so much want books for good people, as books which will make We do not so much want books for good people, as books which will make bad ones better.
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Hannah More Sayings: If I could see the abolition of slavery... I would sing my nunc dimittis with If I could see the abolition of slavery... I would sing my nunc dimittis with joy.
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Hannah More Sayings: Nothing is more common than to mistake the sign for the thing itself; nor is Nothing is more common than to mistake the sign for the thing itself; nor is any practice more frequent than that of endeavoring to acquire the exterior mark, without once thinking to labor after the interior grace.
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Hannah More Sayings: If we commit any crime, or do any good here, it must be in thought; If we commit any crime, or do any good here, it must be in thought; for our words are few and our deeds none at all.
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Hannah More Sayings: Forgiveness is the economy of the heart. ... forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the Forgiveness is the economy of the heart. ... forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.
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Hannah More Sayings: Indeed, I have, alas! outlived almost every one of my contemporaries. One pays dear for Indeed, I have, alas! outlived almost every one of my contemporaries. One pays dear for living long.
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Hannah More Sayings: I did not intend making a philippic against covetousness, a sin to which I believe I did not intend making a philippic against covetousness, a sin to which I believe no one here is addicted. Let us not, however, plume ourselves in not being guilty of a vice to which, as we have no natural bias so in not committing it, we resist no temptation. What I meant to insist on was, that exchanging a turbulent for a quiet sin, or a scandalous for an orderly one, is not reformation.
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Hannah More Sayings: The abuse of terms has at all times been an evil. The abuse of terms has at all times been an evil.
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Hannah More Sayings: The constant habit of perusing devout books is so indispensable, that it has been termed The constant habit of perusing devout books is so indispensable, that it has been termed the oil of the lamp of prayer. Too much reading, however, and too little meditation, may produce the effect of a lamp inverted; which is extinguished by the very excess of that ailment, whose property is to feed it.
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Hannah More Sayings: Twas doing nothing was his curse. Is there a vice can plague us worse? Twas doing nothing was his curse. Is there a vice can plague us worse?
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Hannah More Sayings: Strange! that what is enjoyed without pleasure cannot be discontinued without pain! Strange! that what is enjoyed without pleasure cannot be discontinued without pain!
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Hannah More Sayings: Did not God Sometimes withhold in mercy what we ask, We should be ruined at Did not God Sometimes withhold in mercy what we ask, We should be ruined at our own request.
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Hannah More Sayings: Subduing and subdued, the petty strife, Which clouds the colour of domestic life; The sober Subduing and subdued, the petty strife, Which clouds the colour of domestic life; The sober comfort, all the peace which springs From the large aggregate of little things; On these small cares of daughter, wife or friend, The almost sacred joys of home depend.
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Hannah More Sayings: Resentment is an evil so costly to our peace that we should find it more Resentment is an evil so costly to our peace that we should find it more cheap to forgive even were it no more right.
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Hannah More Sayings: Sow an action, reap a habit. Sow an action, reap a habit.
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Hannah More Sayings: Oblivion has been noticed as the offspring of silence. Oblivion has been noticed as the offspring of silence.
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Hannah More Sayings: In grief we know the worst of what we feel but who can tell the In grief we know the worst of what we feel but who can tell the end of what we fear?
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Hannah More Sayings: In men this blunder still you find; all think their little set mankind. In men this blunder still you find; all think their little set mankind.
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Hannah More Sayings: Goals help you overcome short-term problems. Goals help you overcome short-term problems.
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Hannah More Sayings: To hint at a fault does more mischief than speaking out; for whatever is left To hint at a fault does more mischief than speaking out; for whatever is left for the imagination to finish will not fail to be overdone ...
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Hannah More Sayings: It's cheaper to pardon than to resent. Forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost It's cheaper to pardon than to resent. Forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, and the waste of spirit.
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Hannah More Sayings: Absence in love is like water upon fire; a little quickens, but much extinguishes it. Absence in love is like water upon fire; a little quickens, but much extinguishes it.
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Hannah More Sayings: Quietness is my definition of happiness. Quietness is my definition of happiness.
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Hannah More Sayings: Love never reasons but profusely gives ... gives like a thoughtless prodigal, it's all and Love never reasons but profusely gives ... gives like a thoughtless prodigal, it's all and trembles then, lest it has done too little.
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Hannah More Sayings: Temptation does not make the sin, it lies ready in the heart. Temptation does not make the sin, it lies ready in the heart.
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Hannah More Sayings: It is the large aggregate of small things perpetually occurring that robs me of all It is the large aggregate of small things perpetually occurring that robs me of all my time. The expense of learning to read might have been spared in my education, for I never read.
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Hannah More Sayings: Idleness among children, as among men, is the root of all evil, and leads to Idleness among children, as among men, is the root of all evil, and leads to no other evil more certain than ill temper.
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Hannah More Sayings: Sound economy is a sound understanding brought into action; it is calculation realized; it is Sound economy is a sound understanding brought into action; it is calculation realized; it is the doctrine of proportion reduced to practice; it is foreseeing contingencies, and providing against them.
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Hannah More Sayings: The sober comfort, all the peace which springs from the large aggregate of little things. The sober comfort, all the peace which springs from the large aggregate of little things.
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Hannah More Sayings: He who cannot find time to consult his Bible will one day find he has He who cannot find time to consult his Bible will one day find he has time to be sick; he who has no time to pray must find time to die; he who can find no time to reflect is most likely to find time to sin; he who cannot find time for repentance will find an eternity in which repentance will be of no avail; he who cannot find time to work for others may find an eternity in which to suffer for himself.
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Hannah More Sayings: Names govern the world. Names govern the world.
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Hannah More Sayings: To be good and disagreeable is high treason against the royalty of virtue. To be good and disagreeable is high treason against the royalty of virtue.
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Hannah More Sayings: If a young lady has that discretion and modesty without which all knowledge is little If a young lady has that discretion and modesty without which all knowledge is little worth, she will never make an ostentatious parade of it, because she will rather be intent on acquiring more than on displaying what she has.
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Hannah More Sayings: I call education, not that which smothers a woman with accomplishments, but that which tends I call education, not that which smothers a woman with accomplishments, but that which tends to consolidate a firm and regular system of character; that which tends to form a friend, a companion, and a wife. I call education not that which is made up of the shreds and patches of useless arts, but that which inculcates principles, polishes taste, regulates temper, cultivates reason, subdues the passions, directs the feelings, habituates to reflection, trains to self-denial, and, more especially, that which refers all actions, feelings, sentiments, tastes, and passions, to the love and fear of God.
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Hannah More Sayings: If I wanted to punish an enemy it should be by fastening on him or If I wanted to punish an enemy it should be by fastening on him or her the trouble of constantly hating somebody.
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Hannah More Sayings: Affliction is the school in which great virtues are acquired, in which great characters are Affliction is the school in which great virtues are acquired, in which great characters are formed.
Hannah More Sayings: All desire the gifts of God, but they do not desire God. All desire the gifts of God, but they do not desire God.
Hannah More Sayings: Just at that moment, Lucilla happened to cross the lawn at a distance. At sight Just at that moment, Lucilla happened to cross the lawn at a distance. At sight of her, I could not, as I pointed to her, forbear exclaiming in the words of Sir John's favorite poet,
There doth beauty dwell,
There most conspicuous, e'en in outward shape,
Where dawns the high expression of a mind.
"This is very fine," said Sir John, sarcastically. "I admire all you young enthusiastic philosophers, with your intellectual refinement. You pretend to be captivated only with _mind_. I observe, however, that previous to your raptures, you always take care to get this mind lodged in a fair and youthful form. This mental beauty is always prudently enshrined in some elegant corporeal frame, before it is worshiped. I should be glad to see some of these intellectual adorers in love with the mind of an old or ugly woman. I never heard any of you fall into ecstasies in descanting on the mind of your grandmother.
Hannah More Sayings: That silence is one of the great arts of conversation is allowed by Cicero himself, That silence is one of the great arts of conversation is allowed by Cicero himself, who says, there is not only an art, but even an eloquence in it
Hannah More Sayings: We are apt to mistake our vocation by looking out of the way for occasions We are apt to mistake our vocation by looking out of the way for occasions to exercise great and rare virtues, and by stepping over the ordinary ones that lie directly in the road before us.
Hannah More Sayings: Bible Christianity is what I love ... a Christianity practical and pure, which teaches holiness, Bible Christianity is what I love ... a Christianity practical and pure, which teaches holiness, humility, repentance and faith in Christ; and which after summing up all the Evangelical graces, declares that the greatest of these is charity .
Hannah More Sayings: Sweet is the breath of praise when given by those whose own high merit claims Sweet is the breath of praise when given by those whose own high merit claims the praise they give.
Hannah More Sayings: The keen spirit Seizes the prompt occasion, makes the thought Start into instant action, and The keen spirit
Seizes the prompt occasion, makes the thought
Start into instant action, and at once
Plans and performs, resolves and executes!
Hannah More Sayings: The ingenuity of self-deception is inexhaustible. The ingenuity of self-deception is inexhaustible.
Hannah More Sayings: Long habit so reconciles us to almost any thing, that the grossest improprieties cease to Long habit so reconciles us to almost any thing, that the grossest improprieties cease to strike us when they once make a part of the common course of action.
Hannah More Sayings: The wretch who digs the mine for bread, or ploughs, that others may be fed, The wretch who digs the mine for bread, or ploughs, that others may be fed, feels less fatigued than that decreed to him who cannot think or read.
Hannah More Sayings: The misfortune is, that religious learning is too often rather considered as an act of The misfortune is, that religious learning is too often rather considered as an act of the memory than of the heart and affections; as a dry duty, rather than a lively pleasure.
Hannah More Sayings: It is not so important to know everything as to know the exact value of It is not so important to know everything as to know the exact value of everything, to appreciate what we learn and to arrange what we know.
Hannah More Sayings: Wisdom views with an indifferent eye all finite joys, all blessings born to die. Wisdom views with an indifferent eye all finite joys, all blessings born to die.
Hannah More Sayings: I used to wonder why people should be so fond of the company of their I used to wonder why people should be so fond of the company of their physician, till I recollected that he is the only person with whom one dares to talk continually of oneself, without interruption, contradiction or censure; I suppose that delightful immunity doubles their fees.
Hannah More Sayings: No adulation; 'tis the death of virtue; Who flatters, is of all mankind the lowest No adulation; 'tis the death of virtue; Who flatters, is of all mankind the lowest Save he who courts the flattery.
Hannah More Sayings: A slowness to applaud betrays a cold temper or an envious spirit. A slowness to applaud betrays a cold temper or an envious spirit.
Hannah More Sayings: My plan of instruction is extremely simple and limited. They learn, on week-days, such coarse My plan of instruction is extremely simple and limited. They learn, on week-days, such coarse works as may fit them for servants. I allow of no writing for the poor. My object is not to make fanatics, but to train up the lower classes in habits of industry and piety.
Hannah More Sayings: The artful injury, whose venomed dart scarce wounds the hearing, while it stabs the heart. The artful injury, whose venomed dart scarce wounds the hearing, while it stabs the heart.
Hannah More Sayings: We are too ready to imagine that we are religious, because we know something of We are too ready to imagine that we are religious, because we know something of religion. We appropriate to ourselves the pious sentiments we read, and we talk as if the thoughts of other men's heads were really the feelings of our own hearts. But piety has not its seat in the memory, but in the affections, for which however the memory is an excellent purveyor, though a bad substitute.
Hannah More Sayings: The world does not require so much to be informed as to be reminded. The world does not require so much to be informed as to be reminded.
Hannah More Sayings: We live in an age which must be amused, though genius, feeling, trust, and principle We live in an age which must be amused, though genius, feeling, trust, and principle be the sacrifice.
Hannah More Sayings: It is the modern nature of goodness to exert itself quietly, while a few characters It is the modern nature of goodness to exert itself quietly, while a few characters of the opposite cast seem, by the rumor of their exploits, to fill the world; and by their noise to multiply their numbers.
Hannah More Sayings: He seemed evidently more fond of controversy than of truth, and the whole turn of He seemed evidently more fond of controversy than of truth, and the whole turn of his conversation indicated that he derived his religious security rather from the adoption of a party, than from the implantation of a new principle.
Hannah More Sayings: Imagination frames events unknown, In wild, fantastic shapes of hideous ruin,And what it fears creates. Imagination frames events unknown,
In wild, fantastic shapes of hideous ruin,
And what it fears creates.
Hannah More Sayings: Pleasure is by much the most laborious trade I know, especially for those who have Pleasure is by much the most laborious trade I know, especially for those who have not a vocation to it.
Hannah More Sayings: A corrupt practice may be abolished, but a soiled imagination is not easily cleansed. A corrupt practice may be abolished, but a soiled imagination is not easily cleansed.
Hannah More Sayings: It is a sober truth that people who live only to amuse themselves work harder It is a sober truth that people who live only to amuse themselves work harder at the task than most people do in earning their daily bread.
Hannah More Sayings: If faith produce no works, I see That faith is not a living tree. Thus If faith produce no works, I see That faith is not a living tree. Thus faith and works together grow, No separate life they never can know. They're soul and body, hand and heart, What God hath joined, let no man part.
Hannah More Sayings: A small unkindness is a great offence. A small unkindness is a great offence.
Hannah More Sayings: What ascends up in prayer descends to us again in blessings. It is like the What ascends up in prayer descends to us again in blessings. It is like the rain which just now fell, and which had been drawn up from the ground in vapors to the clouds before it descended from them to the earth in that refreshing shower.
Hannah More Sayings: It is a most severe trial for those women to be called to lay down It is a most severe trial for those women to be called to lay down beauty, who have nothing else to take up. It is for this sober season of life that education should lay up its rich resources.
Hannah More Sayings: Yes, thou art ever present, power divine; not circumscribed by time, nor fixed by space, Yes, thou art ever present, power divine; not circumscribed by time, nor fixed by space, confined to altars, nor to temples bound. In wealth, in want, in freedom, or in chains, in dungeons or on thrones, the faithful find thee.
Hannah More Sayings: If the Almighty chose to establish his religion by miracles, he chooses to carry it If the Almighty chose to establish his religion by miracles, he chooses to carry it on by means.
Hannah More Sayings: Our merciful Father has no pleasure in the sufferings of His children; He chastens them Our merciful Father has no pleasure in the sufferings of His children; He chastens them in love; He never inflicts a stroke He could safely spare; He inflicts it to purify as well as to punish, to caution as well as to cure, to improve as well as to chastise.
Hannah More Sayings: Pride never sleeps. The principle at least is always awake. An intemperate man is sometimes Pride never sleeps. The principle at least is always awake. An intemperate man is sometimes sober, but a proud man is never humble.
Hannah More Sayings: Life though a short, is a working day. Activity may lead to evil; but inactivity Life though a short, is a working day. Activity may lead to evil; but inactivity cannot be led to good.
Hannah More Sayings: Of two evils, had not an author better be tedious than superficial! From an overflowing Of two evils, had not an author better be tedious than superficial! From an overflowing vessel you may gather more, indeed, than you want, but from an empty one you can gather nothing.
Hannah More Sayings: How much it is to be regretted, that the British ladies should ever sit down How much it is to be regretted, that the British ladies should ever sit down contented to polish, when they are able to reform; to entertain, when they might instruct; and to dazzle for an hour, when they are candidates for eternity!
Hannah More Sayings: Eternity is a depth which no geometry can measure, no arithmetic calculate, no imagination conceive, Eternity is a depth which no geometry can measure, no arithmetic calculate, no imagination conceive, no rhetoric describe.
Hannah More Sayings: No man ever repented of being a Christian on his death bed. No man ever repented of being a Christian on his death bed.
Hannah More Sayings: If I wished to punish my enemy, I should make him hate somebody. If I wished to punish my enemy, I should make him hate somebody.
Hannah More Sayings: Where evil may be done, it is right to ponder; where only suffered, know the Where evil may be done, it is right to ponder; where only suffered, know the shortest pause is much too long.
Hannah More Sayings: Who are those ever multiplying authors that with unparalleled fecundity are overstocking the world with Who are those ever multiplying authors that with unparalleled fecundity are overstocking the world with their quick succeeding progeny? They are novel-writers ...
Hannah More Sayings: The modes of speech are scarcely more variable than the modes of silence. The modes of speech are scarcely more variable than the modes of silence.
Hannah More Sayings: We have employments assigned to us for every circumstance in life. When we are alone, We have employments assigned to us for every circumstance in life. When we are alone, we have our thoughts to watch; in the family, our tempers; and in company, our tongues.
Hannah More Sayings: When you are disposed to be vain of your mental acquirements, look up to those When you are disposed to be vain of your mental acquirements, look up to those who are more accomplished than yourself, that you may be fired with emulation; but when you feel dissatisfied with your circumstances, look down on those beneath you, that you may learn contentment.
Hannah More Sayings: In agony or danger, no nature is atheist. The mind that knows not what to In agony or danger, no nature is atheist. The mind that knows not what to fly to, flies to God.
Hannah More Sayings: Small habits well pursued betimes May reach the dignity of crimes. Small habits well pursued betimes May reach the dignity of crimes.
Hannah More Sayings: My retirement was now become solitude; the former is, I believe, the best state for My retirement was now become solitude; the former is, I believe, the best state for the mind of man, the latter almost the worst. In complete solitude, the eye wants objects, the heart wants attachments, the understanding wants reciprocation. The character loses its tenderness when it has nothing to strengthen it, its sweetness when it has nothing to soothe it.
Hannah More Sayings: Affliction is a sort of moral gymnasium in which the disciples of Christ are trained Affliction is a sort of moral gymnasium in which the disciples of Christ are trained to robust exercise, hardy exertion, and severe conflict.