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Edwin Hubbel Chapin
By Anonym 13 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

In the isolation of his clear, cold intellect, the sceptic abides in a glacial and spectral universe. No glow from the affections lights up the frost and shadow of the grave. He feels no prophecy in the thrill of the human heart-in the incompleteness of nature. He believes merely in things tangible, and sees only in the daytime. He will not confess the authenticity of that paler light of faith which was meant to shine when the sunshine of reason falls short, and the firmament of mystery is over our heads.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it foregoes revenge, and dares to forgive an injury.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Influence is exerted by every human being from the hour of birth to that of death.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Books! The chosen depositories of the thoughts, the opinions, and the aspirations of mighty intellects; like wondrous mirrors that have caught and fixed bright images of souls that have passed away; like magic lyres, whose masters have bequeathed them to the world, and which yet, of themselves, ring with unforgotten music, while the hands that touched their chords have crumbled into dust. Books! they are the embodiments and manifestations of departed minds--the living organs through which those who are dead yet speak to us.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Genius is the accumulated wealth of our humanity--its most intense development concentrated at one point, and then with clearer expression and with mysterious power shot back to us across the galvanic lines of thought and feeling.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

For soon, very soon do men forget Their friends upon whom Death's seal is set.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

There is less misery in being cheated than in that kind of wisdom which perceives, or thinks it perceives, that all mankind are cheats.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

He who today utters a bold truth that seems to shock some old institution with the premonition of destruction, and that scares men from their propriety, will a hundred years hence be regarded as a remarkably conservative man. And yet the people who stand peculiarly upon what they call the foundations of conservatism, and hold to hard, practical facts, now stand upon that which one hundred years ago was rank heresy.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

The productions of the press, fast as steam can make and carry them, go abroad through all the land, silent as snowflakes, but potent as thunder. It is an additional tongue of steam and lightning, by which a man speaks his first thought, his instant argument or grievance, to millions in a day.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Each thing lives according to its kind; the heart by love, the intellect by truth, the higher nature of man by intimate communion with God.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

The conservative may clamor against reform, but he might as well clamor against the centrifugal force. He sighs for the "good old times,"--he might as well wish the oak back into the acorn.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

There must be something beyond man in this world. Even on attaining to his highest possibilities, he is like a bird beating against his cage. There is something beyond, O deathless like a sea-shell, moaning for the bosom of the ocean to which you belong!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Life itself suggests a higher good than life itself can yield.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Impatience never commanded success.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

A small lie, if it actually is a lie, condemns a man as much as a big and black falsehood. If a man will deliberately cheat to the amount of a single cent, give him opportunity and he would cheat to any amount.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

The child's grief throbs against the round of its little heart as heavily as the man's sorrow, and the one finds as much delight in his kite or drum as the other in striking the springs of enterprise or soaring on the wings of fame.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

God's work is freedom. Freedom is dear to his heart. He wishes to make man's will free, and at the same time wishes it to be pure, majestic, and holy.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

The loss of fortune to a true man is but the trumpet challenge to renewed exertion, not the thunder stroke of destruction.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Christ saw much in this world to weep over, and much to pray over: but he saw nothing in it to look upon with contempt.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

The golden age is not in the past, but in the future; not in the origin of human experience, but in its consummate flower; not opening in Eden, but out from Gethsemane.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

The way to overcome evil is to love something that is good.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

The true Church is not an institution to be kept apart from the world because the world "is common and unclean," but a vital heart of truth and love, beating with the life of Jesus, and sending abroad its sanctifying pulsations until nothing shall be common and unclean.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

The brightest crowns that are worn in heaven have been tried, and smelted, and polished and glorified through the furnaces of tribulation.

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Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Goodness consists not in the outward things we do, but in the inward thing we are.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Death is a great revealer of what is in a man, and in its solemn shadow appear the naked lineaments of the soul.

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Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Impatience dries the blood sooner than age or sorrow.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Profaneness is a brutal vice. He who indulges in it is no gentleman.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

No one can truly see Christ, and drink in the influence of his character, and not be a Christian at heart.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

A day! It has risen upon us from the great deep of eternity, girt round with wonder; emerging from the womb of darkness; a new creation of life and light spoken into being by the word of God.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

It is the veiled angel of sorrow who plucks away one thing and another that bound us here in ease and security, and, in the vanishing of these dear objects, indicates the true home of our affections and our peace.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Whatever may be our condition in life, it is better to lay hold of its advantages than to count its evils.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Revolution does not insure progress. You may overturn thrones, but what proof that anything better will grow upon the soil?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Public feeling now is apt to side with the persecuted, and our modern martyr is full as likely to be smothered with roses as with coals.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

It is not death to have the body called back to the earth, and dissolved into its kindred elements, and mouldered to dust, and, it may be, turn to daisies, in the grave. But it is death to have the soul paralyzed, its inner life quenched, its faculties dissipated; that is death.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

There have been men who could play delightful music on one string of the violin, but there never was a man who could produce the harmonies of heaven in his soul by a one-stringed virtue.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

It is the penalty of fame that a man must ever keep rising. "Get a reputation, and then go to bed," is the absurdest of all maxims. "Keep up a reputation or go to bed, "would be nearer the truth.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

It takes something of a poet to apprehend and get into the depth, the lusciousness, the spiritual life of a great poem. And so we must be in some way like God in order that we may see God as He is.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

The wild bird that flies so lone and far has somewhere its nest and brood. A little fluttering heart of love impels its wings, and points its course. There is nothing so solitary as a solitary man.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Many a man who might walk over burning ploughshares into heaven stumbles from the path because there is gravel in his shoes.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

It is because we underrate thought, because we do not see what a great element it is in religious life, that there is so little of practical and consistent religion among us.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

There is a sweet anguish springing up in our bosoms when a child's face brightens under the shadow of the waiting angel. There is an autumnal fitness when age gives up the ghost; and when the saint dies there is a tearful victory.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Some souls are ennobled and elevated by seeming misfortunes, which then become blessings in disguise.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

The individual and the race are always moving, and as we drift into new latitudes new lights open in the heaven more immediately over us.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

We must die alone. To the very verge of the stream our friends may accompany us; they may bend over us, they may cling to us there; but that one long wave from the sea of eternity washes up to the lips, sweeps us from the shore, and we go forth alone! In that untried and utter solitude, then, what can there be for us but the pulsation of that assurance, "I am not alone, because the Father is with me!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

All natural results are spontaneous. The diamond sparkles without effort, and the flowers open impulsively beneath the summer rain. And true religion is a spontaneous thing,--as natural as it is to weep, to love, or to rejoice.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Through every rift of discovery some seeming anomaly drops out of the darkness, and falls, as a golden link into the great chain of order.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Down below all the crust of human conceptions, of human ideas, Christ sank an artesian well into a source of happiness so pure and blessed that even yet the world does not believe in it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

However logical our induction, the end of the thread is fastened upon the assurance of faith.