Hosea Ballou


American Universalist Clergyman and Theological Writer

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Disease is the retribution of outraged Nature.

Honest and courageous people have very little to say about either their courage or their honesty. The sun has no need to boast of his brightness, nor the moon of her effulgence.

It is the nature of intellect to strive to improve in intellectual power.

Obedience sums up our entire duty.

The cloudy weather melts at length into beauty, and the brightest smiles of the heart are born of its tears.

Thy attributes, how endearing! How parental! All loving, all forgiving.

Doubt is an incentive to truth, and patient inquiry leadeth the way.

How quickly a truly benevolent act is repaid by the consciousness of having done it.

It is what we give up, not what we lay up, that adds to our lasting store.

Obedience, as it regards the social relations, the laws of society, and the laws of nature and of nature's God, should commence at the cradle and end only at the tomb.

The goodness of God to mankind is no less evinced in the chastisement with which He corrects His children than in the smiles of His providence; for the Lord will not cast off forever, but though He cause grief, yet will He have compassion according to the multitude of His mercies.

Unless we find repose within ourselves, it is vain to seek it elsewhere.

Doubt is the incentive to truth and inquiry leads the way.

How white are the fair robes of Charity as she walketh amid the lowly habitations of the poor!

Let us endeavor to keep the unity of the spirit in the bonds of peace.

Our blessings are the least heeded, because the most common events of life.

The heavens and the earth, the woods and the wayside, teem with instruction and knowledge to the curious and thoughtful.

We must not only read the Scriptures, but we must make their rules of life our own.

A careless and blasphemous use of the name of the Divine Being is not only sinful, but it is also prima facie evidence of vulgar associations.

Doubt that creed which you cannot reduce to practice.

Humanity, in the aggregate, is progressing, and philanthropy looks forward hopefully.

Liberality should be tempered with judgment, not with profuseness.

Positive in proportion to their ignorance.

The illumined record of celestial truth.

Weary the path that does not challenge. Doubt is an incentive to truth and patient inquiry leadeth the way.

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American Universalist Clergyman and Theological Writer