Tryon Edwards


American Theologian best known for compiling the "A Dictionary of Thoughts"

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Some men are born old, and some men never seem so. If we keep well and cheerful, we are always young and at last die in youth even when in years would count as old.

The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind; to train it to the use of its own powers, rather than fill it with the accumulation of others.

The slanderer and the assassin differ only in the weapon they use; with the one it is the dagger, with the other the tongue. The former is worse that the latter, for the last only kills the body, while the other murders the reputation.

To rejoice in another's prosperity is to give content to your lot; to mitigate another's grief is to alleviate or dispel your own.

When a tradesman is about to weigh his goods, he first of all looks to his scales and sees that his weights are right. And so for all wise, or safe, or profitable self-examination, we are not to look to frames, or feelings, or to the conduct of others, but to God's word, which is the only true standard of decision.

Some of the best lessons we ever learn we learn from our mistakes and failures. The error of the past is the wisdom of the future.

The highest attainment, as well as enjoyment of the spiritual life, is to be able at all times and in all things to say, "Thy will be done."

The study of mathematics cultivates the reason; that of the languages, at the same time, the reason and the taste. The former gives grasp and power to the mind; the latter both power and flexibility. The former, by itself, would prepare us for a state of certainties, which nowhere exists; the latter, for a state of probabilities, which is that of common life. Each, by itself, does but an imperfect work: in the union of both, is the best discipline for the mind, and the best mental training for the world as it is.

To rule one's anger is well; to prevent it is better.

Where duty is plain delay is both foolish and hazardous; where it is not, delay may be both wisdom and safety.

Some persons are exaggerators by temperament. - They do not mean untruth, but their feelings are strong, and their imaginations vivid, so that their statements are largely discounted by those of calm judgment and cooler temperament. - They do not realize that "we always weaken what we exaggerate."

The highest obedience in the spiritual life is to be able always, and in all things, to say, "Not my will, but thine be done."

The word "miser," so often used as expressive of one who is grossly covetous and saving, in its origin signifies one that is miserable, the very etymology of the word thus indicating the necessary unhappiness of the miser spirit.

To say nothing of the divine law, on mere worldly grounds it is plain that nothing is more conducive to the health, intelligence, comfort, and independence of the working classes, and to our prosperity as a people, than our Sabbath.

Whoever in prayer can say, Our Father, acknowledges and should feel the brotherhood of the whole race of mankind.

Some so speak in exaggerations and superlatives that we need to make a large discount from their statements before we can come at their real meaning.

The hunger and thirst of immortality is upon the human soul, filling it with aspirations and desires for higher and better things than the world can give. - We can never be fully satisfied but in God.

There are many times and circumstances in life when "Our strength is, to sit still."

To waken interest and kindle enthusiasm is the sure way to teach easily and successfully.

Words are both better and worse than thoughts; they express them, and add to them; they give them power for good or evil; they start them on an endless flight, for instruction and comfort and blessing, or for injury and sorrow and ruin.

Speculate not too much on the mysteries of truth or providence. - The effort to explain everything, sometimes may endanger faith. - Many things God reserves to himself, and many are reserved for the unfoldings of the future life.

The insane, for the most part, reason correctly, but from false principles, while they do not perceive that their premises are incorrect.

There are two kinds of charity, remedial and preventive. - The former is often injurious in its tendency; the latter is always praiseworthy and beneficial.

True art is reverent imitation of God.

Superstitions are, for the most part, but the shadows of great truths.

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American Theologian best known for compiling the "A Dictionary of Thoughts"