BALLOU, Hosea Quotes
(1771-1852), American clergy
Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken in the hearing of little children tends toward the formation of character.—Let parents always bear this in mind.
There is no possible excuse for a guarded lie.—Enthusiastic and impulsive people will sometimes falsify thoughtlessly, but equivocation is malice prepense.
Exaggeration is a blood relation to falsehood, and nearly as blameable.
There is one sure criterion of judgment as to religious faith in doctrinal matters; can you reduce it to practice?—If not, have none of it.
Not the least misfortune in a prominent falsehood is the fact that tradition is apt to repeat it for truth.
If gratitude is due from children to their earthly parent, how much more is the gratitude of the great family of men due to our father in heaven.
It is in sickness that we most feel the need of that sympathy which shows how much we are dependent upon one another for our comfort, and even necessities. Thus disease, opening our eyes to the realities of life, is an indirect blessing.
Suspicion is far more apt to be wrong than right; oftener unjust than just. It is no friend to virtue, and always an enemy to happiness.
As unkindness has no remedy at law, let its avoidance be with you a point of honor.