To crush, to annihilate a man utterly, to inflict on him the most terrible of punishments so that the most ferocious murderer would shudder at it and dread it beforehand, one need only give him work of an absolutely, completely useless and irrational character
No hell will frighten men away from sin; no dread of prospective misery; only goodness can cast hell out of any man, and set up the kingdom of heaven within.
The spirit of the people must frequently be roused, in order to curb the ambition of the court; and the dread of rousing this spirit must be employed to prevent that ambition. Nothing so effectual to this purpose as the liberty of the press; by which all the learning, wit, and genius of the nation, may be employed on the side of freedom, and every one be animated to its defense.
There is little peace or comfort in life if we are always anxious as to future events. He that worries himself with the dread of possible contingencies will never be at rest.
The dread of evil is a much more forcible principle of human actions than the prospect of good.
All roads are barricaded off with dread.
Anxiety is a word of unbelief or unreasoning dread. We have no right to allow it. Full faith in God puts it to rest.
Must I consume my life - this little life, in guarding against all may make it less? It is not worth so much! - it were to die before my hour, to live in dread of death.
Silence is all we dread. There's Ransom in a Voice - but Silence is Infinity.
There is only one thing that I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings.
We are all approaching that dread tribunal. However diversified our paths, they all converge toward that common centre. The young, with their elastic thread, are striding to the judgment; the old, with their tottering limbs are creeping to the judgment; the rich in their splendid equipages are driving to the judgment; the poor in rags and barefooted are walking to judgment.
As there is no pleasure in military life for a soldier who fears death, so there is no independence in civil existence for the an who has an overpowering dread of solitude.
Those who are unacquainted with the world take pleasure in the intimacy of great men; those who are wiser dread the consequences.
The whole world is put in motion by the wish for riches and the dread of poverty.
To dread no eye and to suspect no tongue is the great prerogative of innocence - an exemption granted only to invariable virtue.
Present sufferings seem far greater to men than those they merely dread.
It is curious how tyrannical the habit of reading is, and what shifts we make to escape thinking. There is no bore we dread being left alone with so much as our own minds.
There is no bore we dread being left alone with so much as our own minds.
Borders are scratched across the hearts of men by strangers with a calm, judicial pen, and when the borders bleed we watch with dread the lines of ink along the map turn red.
Neither dread your last day nor desire it.