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Hosea Ballou
April 30, 1771 - 1852
Nationality: American
Category: Clergyman
Subcategory: American Clergyman

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


Never let your zeal outrun your charity. The former is but human, the latter is divine.


Hatred is self-punishment.


Never be so brief as to become obscure.


Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.


Brevity and conciseness are the parents of correction.


Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.


Suspicion is far more to be wrong than right; more often unjust than just. It is no friend to virtue, and always an enemy to happiness.


Everything in the world exists to end up in a book.


There is no such things as "best" in the world of individuals.


Preaching is to much avail, but practice is far more effective. A godly life is the strongest argument you can offer the skeptic.


Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken within hearsay of little children tends toward the formation of character.

    Topics: Children, Education

The oppression of any people for opinion's sake has rarely had any other effect than to fix those opinions deeper, and render them more important.


Falsehood is cowardice, the truth courage.


Disease is the retribution of outraged Nature.


Those who commit injustice bear the greatest burden.


Error is always more busy than truth.


Though ambition in itself is a vice, it often is also the parent of virtue.


Religion which requires persecution to sustain, it is of the devil's propagation.


Theories are always very thin and insubstantial, experience only is tangible.


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