The secret of a good memory is attention, and attention to a subject depends upon our interest in it. We rarely forget that which has made a deep impression on our minds.
Topics: Memory, Listening
We never reach our ideals, whether of mental or moral improvement, but the thought of them shows us our deficiencies, and spurs us on to higher and better things.
Topics: Morals, Ethics, Ideals
Have a time and place for everything, and do everything in its time and place, and you will not only accomplish more, but have far more leisure than those who are always hurrying, as if vainly attempting to overtake time that had been lost.
Topics: Value of Time, Procrastination, Time Management
Most of our censure of others is only oblique praise of self, uttered to show the wisdom and superiority of the speaker. It has all the invidiousness of self-praise, and all the ill-desert of falsehood.
Topics: Criticism, Critics
Right actions for the future are the best apologies for wrong ones in the past — the best evidence of regret for them that we can offer, or the world receive.
Topics: Forgiveness, Kindness
Thoughts lead on to purpose, purpose leads onto actions, actions form habits, habits decide character, and character fixes our destiny.
Topics: Thought, Character, Optimism, Positive Attitudes, Thinking, Destiny, Habit
Any act often repeated soon forms a habit; and habit allowed, steadily gains in strength. At first it may be but as the spider’s web, easily broken through, but if not resisted it soon binds us with chains of steel.
If rich men would remember that shrouds have no pockets, they would, while living, share their wealth with their children, and give for the good of others, and so know the highest pleasure wealth can give.
Topics: Charity, Wealth
There is nothing so elastic as the human mind. Like imprisoned steam, the more it is pressed the more it rises to resist the pressure. The more we are obliged to do the more we are able to accomplish.
Science has sometimes been said to be opposed to faith, and inconsistent with it. — But all science, in fact, rests on a basis of faith, for it assumes the permanence and uniformity of natural laws — a thing which can never be demonstrated.
Sincerity is not test of truth — no evidence of correctness of conduct. You may take poison sincerely believing it the needed medicine, but will it save your life?
The first step to improvement, whether mental, moral, or religious, is to know ourselves–our weakness, errors, deficiencies, and sins, that, by divine grace, we may overcome and turn from them all.
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- Archibald Alexander Hodge American Presbyterian Theologian
- Paul Tillich American Lutheran Theologian
- Anthony de Mello Indian-born American Theologian
- Albert Schweitzer French Theologian
- Ole Hallesby Norwegian Lutheran Theologian
- Johann Jacob Zimmermann German Nonconformist Theologian
- Conyers Middleton English Clergyman
- George Matheson Scottish Theologian
- Karl Barth Swiss Protestant Theologian