American Theologian and Swedenborgian, Father of William and Henry James
All natural goods perish. Riches take wings; fame is a breath; love is a cheat; youth and health and pleasure vanish.
All our scientific and philosophic ideals are altars to unknown gods.
All the higher, more penetrating ideals are revolutionary. They present themselves far less in the guise of effects of past experience than in that of probable causes of future experience.
An act has no ethical quality whatever unless it be chosen out of several all equally possible.
An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of revelation.
An unlearned carpenter of my acquaintance once said in my hearing: "There is very little difference between one man and another; but what little there is, is very important." This distinction seems to me to go to the root of the matter.
Nature is but the echo of the soul, and images nothing therefore of the Divine creation and providence which is not primarily impressed by the soul.