There is a sweet pleasure in contemplation; and when a man hath run through a set of vanities in the declension of his age, he knows not what to do with himself if he cannot think.
A contemplative life has more the appearance of piety than any other; but the divine plan is to bring faith into activity and exercise.
In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn, than to contemplate.
Contemplation is to knowledge, what digestion is to food—the way to get life out of it.
Let us unite contemplation with action.—In the harmony of the two, lies the perfection of character.—They are not contradictory and incompatible, but mutually helpful to each other. Contemplation will strengthen for action, and action sends us back to contemplation, and thus the inner and outer life will be harmoniously developed.