All evil is like a nightmare; the instant you stir under it, the evil is gone.
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- Even in the meanest sorts of labor, the whole soul of a man is composed into a kind of real harmony the instant he sets himself to work.
- In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.
- Men’s hearts ought not to be set against one another, but set with one another, and all against evil only.
- Foolish men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice; but only accident here below. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two, but it is sure as life, it is sure as death.
- Writing is a dreadful labor, yet not so dreadful as Idleness.
- A man perfects himself by working. Foul jungles are cleared away, fair seed-fields rise instead, and stately cities; and with the man himself first ceases to be a jungle, and foul unwholesome desert thereby. The man is now a man.