A life devoted to trifles, not only takes away the inclination, but the capacity for higher pursuits. The truths of Christianity have scarcely more influence on a frivolous than on a profligate character.
Obstacles are those things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.
Fell luxury! more perilous to youth Than storms or quicksands, poverty of chains.
Luxury and dissipation, soft and gentle as their approaches are, and silently as they throw their silken chains about the heart, enslave it more than the most active and turbulent vices.
Give us the luxuries of life, and we will dispense with its necessities.
Luxury! More perilous to youth than storms or quicksand, poverty or chains.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
The secret heart is fair devotion's temple; there the saint, even on that living altar, lights the flame of purest sacrifice, which burns unseen, not unaccepted.
Forgiveness is the economy of the heart... forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.
Trifles make the sum of human things, and half our misery from our foibles springs.
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.
Perish discretion when it interferes with duty