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The family is the school of duties - founded on love.

Every dogma, every philosophic or theological creed, was at its inception a statement in terms of the intellect of a certain inner experience.

The past speaks to us in a thousand voices, warning and comforting, animating and stirring to action.

Few are there that will leave the secure seclusion of the scholar's life, the peaceful walks of literature and learning, to stand out a target for the criticism of unkind and hostile minds.

The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by.

An anxious unrest, a fierce craving desire for gain has taken possession of the commercial world, and in instances no longer rare the most precious and permanent goods of human life have been madly sacrificed in the interests of momentary enrichment.

We measure our enjoyments by the sum expended.

Ethical religion can be real only to those who are engaged in ceaseless efforts at moral improvement. By moving upward we acquire faith in an upward movement, without limit.

For more than three thousand years men have quarreled concerning the formulas of their faith.

FOR a long time the conviction has been dimly felt in the community that, without prejudice to existing institutions, the legal day of weekly rest might be employed to advantage for purposes affecting the general good.

Perhaps a hundred people assembled one evening, May 15, 1876, at the time when the country was celebrating the hundredth anniversary of its political independence.

The platform of an Ethical Society is itself the altar; the address must be the fire that burns thereon.

If you desire information on some point of law, you are not likely to ponder over the ponderous tomes of legal writers in order to obtain the knowledge you seek, by your own unaided efforts.

In a country of such recent civilization as ours, whose almost limitless treasures of material wealth invite the risks of capital and the industry of labor, it is but natural that material interests should absorb the attention of the people to a degree elsewhere unknown.

Love is the expansion of two natures in such fashion that each include the other, each is enriched by the other.

Love of country is like love of woman - he loves her best who seeks to bestow on her the highest good.

No religion can long continue to maintain its purity when the church becomes the subservient vassal of the state.

Simplicity should not be identified with bareness.

The office of the public teacher is an unenviable and thankless one.

The freedom of thought is a sacred right of every individual man, and diversity will continue to increase with the progress, refinement, and differentiation of the human intellect.