SPRING, Gardiner Quotes
(1735-1873), American clergyman
The Protestant principle, that "God alone is Lord of the conscience," has done more to give the mind power, and to strike off its chains, than any principle of mere secular policy in the most perfect "Bill of Rights."
There is no religion without morality, and no morality without religion.
I know not where to look for any single work which is so full of the great principles of political wisdom, as the laws of Moses and the history of the kings of Israel and Judah.
Never, with the Bible in our hands, can we deny rights to another, which, under the same circumstances, we would claim for ourselves.
It is one thing to mourn for sin because it exposes us to hell, and another to mourn for it because it is an infinite evil; one thing to mourn for it because it is injurious to ourselves, and another to mourn for it because it is wrong and offensive to God.—It is one thing to be terrified; another, to be humbled.
Self-denial is the result of a calm, deliberate, invincible attachment to the highest good, flowing forth in the voluntary renunciation of everything inconsistent with the glory of God or the good of our fellowmen.