American Unitarian Clergy
Edwin Hubbell Chapin
American Unitarian Clergy
Do not ask if a man has been through college; ask if a college has been through him - if he is a walking university.
No more duty can be urged upon those who are entering the great theater of life than simple loyalty to their best convictions.
The individual and the race are always moving; and as we drift into new latitudes new lights open in the heavens ttore immediately over us.
Do not judge from mere appearances; for the lift laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy. The bosom can ache beneath diamond brooches; and many a blithe heart dances under coarse wool.
Not armies, not nations, have advanced the race; but here and there, in the course of ages, an individual has stood up and cast his shadow over the world.
The mere leader of fashion has no genuine claim to supremacy; at least, no abiding assurance of it. He has embroidered his title upon his waistcoat, and carries his worth in his watch chain; and if he is allowed any real precedence for this, it is almost a moral swindle - a way of obtaining goods under false pretences.
Gaiety is often the reckless ripple over depths of despair.
Not in achievement, but in endurance, of the human soul, does it show its divine grandeur and its alliance with the infinite.
Hill and valley, seas and constellations, are but stereotypes of divine ideas appealing to, and answered by the living soul of man.
O, how much those men are to be valued who, in the spirit with which the widow gave up her two mites, have given up themselves! How their names sparkle! How rich their very ashes are! How they will count up in Heaven!
The weak sinews become strong by their conflict with difficulties. - Hope is bom in the long night of watching and tears. - Faith visits us in defeat and disappointment, amid the consciousness of earthly frailty and the crumbling tombstones of mortality.
I know a good many people, I think, who are bigots, and who know they are bigots, and are sorry for it, but they dare not be anything else.
Often the elements that move and mold society, are the results of the sister's counsel, and the mother's prayer.
The worst effect of sin is within, and is manifest not in poverty, and pain, and bodily defacement, but in the discrowned faculties, the unworthy love, the low ideal, the brutalized and enslaved spirit.
In the history of man it has been very generally the case, that when evils have grown insufferable they have touched the point of cure.
Ostentation is the signal flag of hypocrisy.
There are interests by the sacrifice of which peace is too dearly purchased. One should never be at peace to the shame of his own soul - to the violation of his integrity or of his allegiance to God.
It is a great thing, when the cup of bitterness is pressed to our lips, to feel that it is not fate or necessity, but divine love working upon us for good ends.
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seamed with scars; martyrs have put on their coronation robes glittering with fire; and through their tears have the sorrowful first seen the gate of heaven.
There is less misery in being cheated than in that kind of wisdom which perceives, or thinks it perceives, that all mankind are cheats.
It is a most fearful fact to think of, that in every heart there is some secret spring that would be weak at the touch of temptation, and that is liable to be assailed. Fearful, and yet salutary to think of, for the thought may serve to keep our moral nature braced. It warns us that we can never stand at ease, or lie down in the field of life, without sentinels of watchfulness and campfires of prayer.
Pride is the master sin of the devil, and the devil is the father of lies.
There is no mockery like the mockery of that spirit which looks around in the world and believes that all is emptiness.