Hannah More


English Writer, Philanthropist

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Luxury! more perilous to youth than storms or quicksand, poverty or chains.

It's cheaper to pardon than to resent. Forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, and the waste of spirit.

Goals help you overcome short-term problems.

Forgiveness is the economy of the heart. Forgiveness saves expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.

Depart from discretion when it interferes with duty.

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.

Wisdom views with an indifferent eye all finite joys, all blessings born to die.

Where bright imagination reigns, the fine-wrought spirit feels acuter pains.

We have employment assigned to us for every circumstance in life. When we are alone, we have our thoughts to watch; in the family, our tempers; and in company, our tongues.

Proportion and propriety are among the best secrets of domestic wisdom; and there is no surer test of integrity than a well-proportioned expenditure.

The secret heart is devotion's temple; there the saint lights the flame of purest sacrifice, which burns unseen but not unaccepted.

Perish discretion when it interferes with duty.

Prayer is not eloquence, but earnestness; not the definition of helplessness, but the feeling of it; not figures of speech, but compunction of soul.

Our infinite obligations to God do not fill our hearts half as much as a petty uneasiness of our own; nor His infinite perfections as much as our smallest wants.

Method is the hinge of business, and there is no method without order and punctuality.

My retirement was now become solitude; the former is, I believe, the best state for the mind of man, the latter almost the worse. In complete solitude, the eye wants objects, the heart wants reciprocation. The character loses its tenderness when it has nothing to strengthen it, its sweetness when it has nothing to soothe it.

Life is a short day; but it is a working-day. Activity may lead to evil; but inactivity cannot be led to good.

Love never reasons, but profusely gives; gives, like a thoughtless prodigal, its all, and trembles then lest it has done too little.

How goodness heightens beauty!

How short is human life; the very breath, which frames my words, accelerates my death.

Absence in love is like water upon fire; a little quickens, but much extinguishes it.

He who cannot find time to consult his Bible will one day find he has time to be sick; he who has no time to pray must find time to die; he who can find no time to reflect is most likely to find time to sin; he who cannot find time for repentance will find an eternity in which repentance will be of no avail; he who cannot find time to work for others may find an eternity in which to suffer for himself.

The martyrs to vice far exceed the martyrs to virtue, both in endurance and number. So blinded are we to our passions, that we suffer more to insure perdition than salvation.

The keen spirit seizes the prompt occasion - makes the thought start into instant action, and at once plans and performs,

Since trifles make the sum of human things, and half our misery from our foibles springs; since life’s best joys consist in peace and ease, and few can save or serve, but all may please; Oh! let th’ ungentle spirit learn from hence a small unkindness is a great offense, large bounties to restore we wish in vain, but all may shun the guilt of giving pain.

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English Writer, Philanthropist