*God is not dumb, that He should speak no more;/If thou hast wanderings in the wilderness/And find’st not Sinai, ’tis thy soul is poor. Lowell.
*We do ourselves wrong, and too meanly estimate the holiness above us, when we deem that any act of or enjoyment good in itself, is not good to do religiously. Nath. Hawthorne.
*Too soon did the doctors of the church forget that the heart–the moral nature–was the beginning and the end, and that truth, knowledge, and insight were comprehended in its expansion. S.T. Coleridge.
*A religion that never suffices to govern a man, will never suffice to save him. That which does not distinguish him from a sinful world, will never distinguish him from a perishing world. John Howe.
*I have lived long enough to know what I did not at one time believe,–that no society can be upheld in happiness and honor without the sentiment of religion. La Place.
*A true religious instinct never deprived man of one single joy; mournful faces and a sombre aspect are the conventional affectations of the weak-minded. Hosea Ballou.
*There are a good many pious people who are as careful of their religion as of their best service of china, only using it on holy occasions, for fear it should get chipped or flawed in working-day wear. Douglas Jerrold.
*All the principles which religion teaches, and all the habits which it forms, are favorable to strength of mind. It will be found that whatever purifies fortifies also the heart. Blair.
*Too many people embrace religion from the same motives that they take a companion in wedlock, not from true love of the person, but because of a large dowry. Hosea Ballou.
*True religion teaches us to reverence what is under us, to recognize humility and poverty, and, despite mockery and disgrace, wretchedness, suffering, and death, as things divine. Goethe.
*You may discover tribes of men without policy, or laws, or cities, or any of the arts of life; but nowhere will you find them without some form of religion. Blair.
*All natural results are spontaneous. The diamond sparkles without effort, and the flowers open impulsively beneath the summer rain. And true religion is a spontaneous thing,–as natural as it is to weep, to love, or to rejoice. Chapin.
*Living religion grows not by the doctrines but by the narratives of the Bible; the best Christian religious doctrine is the life of Christ, and after that the sufferings and deaths of His followers, even those not related in Holy Writ. Richter.
*Religion is not a method, it is a life, a higher and supernatural life, mystical in its root and practical in its fruits; a communion with God, a calm and deep enthusiasm, a love which radiates, a force which acts, a happiness which overflows. Amiel.
*The spirit of true religion breathes gentleness and affability; it gives a native, unaffected ease to the behavior; it is social, kind, cheerful; far removed from the cloudy and illiberal disposition which clouds the brow, sharpens the temper, and dejects the spirit. Blair.
*The way to judge of religion is by doing our duty. Religion is rather a Divine life than Divine knowledge. In heaven, indeed, we must first see, and then love; but here, on earth, we must first love, and love will open our eyes as well as our hearts, and we shall then see and perceive and understand. Jeremy Taylor.
*On the whole we must repeat the often repeated saying, that it is unworthy a religious man to view an irreligious one either with alarm or aversion; or with any other feeling than regret, and hope, and brotherly commiseration. Carlyle.
*Religion reveals the meaning of life, and science only applies this meaning to the course of circumstances. Tolstoi.
*Religion, in its purity, is not so much a pursuit as a temper; or rather it is a temper, leading to the pursuit of all that is high and holy. Its foundation is faith; its action, works; its temper, holiness; its aim, obedience to God in improvement of self, and benevolence to men. J. Edwards.
*A religion giving dark views of God, and infusing superstitious fear of innocent enjoyment, instead of aiding sober habits, will, by making men abject and sad, impair their moral force and prepare them for intemperance as a refuge from depression or despair. Channing.
*Religion is the final centre of repose; the goal to which all things tend; apart from which man is a shadow, his very existence a riddle, and the stupendous scenes of nature which surround him as unmeaning as the leaves which the sibyl scattered in the wind. Robert Hall.
*Let us accept different forms of religion among men, as we accept different languages, wherein there is still but one human nature expressed. Every genius has most power in his own language, and every heart in its own religion. Richter.
*Man, being not only a religious, but also a social being, requires for the promotion of his rational happiness religious institutions, which, while they give a proper direction to devotion, at the same time make a wise and profitable improvement of his social feelings. Hosea Ballou.
*Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert those pillars of human happiness, those firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. Washington.
*Religion does what philosophy could never do; it shows the equal dealings of Heaven to the happy and the unhappy, and levels all human enjoyments to nearly the same standard. It gives to both rich and poor the same happiness hereafter, and equal hopes to aspire after it. Goldsmith.
*Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. Washington.
*There are those to whom a sense of religion has come in storm and tempest; there are those whom it has summoned amid scenes of revelry and idle vanity; there are those, too, who have heard its “still small voice” amid rural leisure and placid retirement. But perhaps the knowledge which causeth not to err is most frequently impressed upon the mind during the season of affliction. Walter Scott.
*It has been said that true religion will make a man a more thorough gentleman than all the courts in Europe. And it is true; you may see simple laboring men as thorough gentlemen as any duke, simply because they have learned to fear God; and, fearing Him, to restrain themselves, which is the very root and essence of all good-breeding. Rev. C. Kingsley.
*Religion is as necessary to reason as reason is to religion. The one cannot exist without the other. A reasoning being would lose reason, in attempting to account for the great phenomena of nature, had he not a Supreme Being to refer to; and well has it been said, that if there had been no God, mankind would have been obliged to imagine one. Washington.
*Pour the balm of the Gospel into the wounds of bleeding nations. Plant the tree of life in every soil, that suffering kingdoms may repose beneath its shade and feel the virtue of its healing leaves, till all the kindred of the human family shall be bound together in one common bond of amity and love, and the warrior shall be a character unknown but in the page of history. Thomas Raffles.
*I endeavor in vain to give my parishioners more cheerful ideas of religion; to teach them that God is not a jealous, childish, merciless tyrant; that He is best served by a regular tenor of good actions, not by bad singing, ill-composed prayers, and eternal apprehensions. But the luxury of false religion is to be unhappy! Sydney Smith.
*It is the property of the religious spirit to be the most refining of all influences. No external advantages, no culture of the tastes, no habit of command, no association with the elegant, or even depth of affection, can bestow that delicacy and that grandeur of being which belong only to the mind accustomed to celestial conversation,–all else is but gilt and cosmetics, beside this, as expressed in every look and gesture. Emerson.
*There is a great deal we never think of calling religion that is still fruit unto God, and garnered by Him in the harvest. The fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, patience, goodness. I affirm that if these fruits are found in any form, whether you show your patience as a woman nursing a fretful child, or as a man attending to the vexing detail of a business, or as a physician following the dark mazes of sickness, or as a mechanic fitting the joints and valves of a locomotive; being honest and true besides, you bring forth truth unto God. Robert Collyer.
*…Religion is mainly and chiefly the glorifying [of] God amid the duties and trials of the world; the guiding of our course amid adverse winds and currents of temptation by the sunlight of duty and the compass of Divine truth, the bearing up manfully, wisely, courageously, for the honor of Christ, our great Leader in the conflict of life. John Caird.
*True religion is…the faith which clings to Jesus in the darkest hour; the sanctity which shrinks from the approach of evil; the humility which lies low at the feet of the Redeemer, and washes them with tears; the love which welcomes every sacrifice [and] the cheerful consecration of the powers of the soul…Richard Fuller.
*Some people regret that they have poor memories. Alas! It is much more difficult to forget. Mme. Deluzy.
*Remembrance is the only paradise out of which we cannot be driven away. Richter.
*The leafy blossoming present time springs from the whole past, remembered and unrememorable. Carlyle.
*There is no heart without remorse, no life without some misfortune, no one but what is something stained with sin. James Ellis.
*There is anguish in the recollection that we have not adequately appreciated the affection of those whom we have loved and lost. Beaconsfield.
*We can prostrate ourselves in the dust when we have committed a fault, but it is not best to remain there. Chateaubriand.
*Self-condemnation is God’s absolution; and pleading guilty, acquittal at his bar. Bartol.
*Of all acts is not, for a man, repentance the most divine? The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none. Carlyle.
*What is past is past. There is a future left to all men, who have the virtue to repent and the energy to atone. Bulwer-Lytton.
*If hearty sorrow be a sufficient ransom for offence, I tender it here; I do as truly suffer, as ever I did commit. Shakespeare.
*Whatever stress some may lay upon it, a death-bed repentance is but a weak and slender plank to trust our all upon. Sterne.
*The seeds of repentance are sown in youth by pleasure, but the harvest is reaped in age by pain. Colton.
*Right actions for the future are the best explanations or apologies for wrong ones in the past; the best evidence of regret for them that we can offer, or the world receive. T. Edwards.
*The scriptural doctrine in regard to repentance is not, that a man must repent in order to his being qualified to go to Christ; it is rather that he must go to Christ in order to his being able to repent. Henry Melvill.
*If I had been sooner good, I might perhaps have been better; if I am longer bad, I shall, I am sure, be worse. Arthur Warwick.
*Alas! it is not till time with reckless hand has torn out half the leaves from the book of human life, to light the fires of passion with from day to day, that man begins to see that the leaves which remain are few in number, and to remember faintly at first, and then more clearly, that upon the early pages of that book was written a story of happy influence which he would fain read over again. Longfellow.
*Our foster-nurse of nature is repose. Shakespeare. *What sweet delight a quiet life affords. Drummond.
*There is no mortal truly wise and restless at once; wisdom is the repose of minds. Lavater.
*The heart that is to be filled to the brim with holy joy must be held still. Bovee.
*The great facility of life is to be without perturbations. Seneca.
*The gravest events dawn with no more noise than the morning star makes in rising. Beecher.
*Have you known how to compose your manners? You have done a great deal more than he who has composed books. Have you known how to take repose? You have done more than he who has taken cities and empires. Montaigne.