In what a delightful communion with God does that man live who habitually seeketh love! With the same mantle thrown over him from the crosswith the same act of amnesty, by which we hope to be savedinjuries the most provoked, and transgressions the most aggravated, are covered in eternal forgetfulness.
It is good policy to strike while the iron is hot; it is still better to adopt Cromwells procedure, and make the iron hot by striking. The master-spirit who can rule the storm is great, but he is much greater who can both raise and rule it.
It is not the placidity of stupid ease that we should covet, but the repose that is requisite for the renewal of exhausted strength, the serenity that succeeds the storm, and the salubrity that repays its ravages.
Plutarch tells us of an idle and effeminate Etrurian who found fault with the manner in which Themistocles had conducted a recent campaign. What, said the hero in reply, have you, too, something to say about war, who are like the fish that has a sword, but no heart? He is always the severest censor on the merits of others who has the least worth of his own.
Providence has clearly ordained that the only path fit and salutary for man on earth is the path of persevering fortitudethe unremitting struggle of deliberate self-preparation and humble but active reliance on divine aid.