In every phenomenon the beginning remains always the most notable moment.
It is the unseen and the spiritual in people that determines the outward and the actual.
The most fearful unbelief is unbelief in your self.
Conviction never so excellent, is worthless until it coverts itself into conduct.
No iron chain, or outward force of any kind, can ever compel the soul of a person to believe or to disbelieve.
The battle that never ends is the battle of belief against unbelief.
I call the book of Job, apart from all theories about it, one of the grandest things ever written with the pen.
A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.
History is the essence of innumerable biographies.
If those gentlemen would let me alone I should be much obliged to them. I would say, as Shakespeare would say... ''Sweet Friend, for Jesus sake forbear.''
No sooner does a great man depart, and leave his character as public property, than a crowd of little men rushes towards it. There they are gathered together, blinking up to it with such vision as they have, scanning it from afar, hovering round it this way and that, each cunningly endeavoring, by all arts, to catch some reflex of it in the little mirror of himself.
After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.
If a book comes from the heart it will contrive to reach other hearts. All art and author craft are of small account to that.
The best effect of any book, is that it excites the reader to self-activity.
What we become depends on what we read after all the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is the collection of books.