After many years of great mercy, after tasting of the powers of the world to come, we still are so weak, so foolish; but, oh! when we get away from self to God, there all is truth and purity and holiness, and our heart finds peace, wisdom, completeness, delight, joy, victory.

I do not think I should care to go on worshipping a Madonna even if she did wink. One cannot make much out of a wink. We want something more than that from the object of our adoration.

We are all at times unconscious prophets.

Humility is to make a right estimate of one's self.

Knowing that the time to sleep has come, the Lord sleeps, and does well in sleeping. Often, when we have been fretting and worrying, we should have glorified God far more had we literally gone to sleep.

I believe that some of us who were kept by God a long while before we found Him love Him better perhaps than we should have done if we had received Him directly, and we can preach better to others - we can speak more of His loving-kindness and tender mercy.

We have lived long enough to experience the hollowness of earth and the rottenness of all carnal promises.

We have communion with Christ in His thoughts, views, and purposes; for His thoughts are our thoughts according to our capacity and sanctity. Believers take the same view of matters as Jesus does; that which pleases Him pleases them, and that which grieves His grieves them also.

Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of.

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.

As a child, when asked what I would be, I usually said I was going to be a huntsman. A fine profession, truly!

If you believe in prayer at all, expect God to hear you. If you do not expect, you will not have. God will not hear you unless you believe He will hear you; but if you believe He will, He will be as good as your faith.

Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the windows which hope has opened.

Young men, trust God, and make the future bright with blessing. Old men, trust God, and magnify him for all the mercies of the past.

Without Christ there is no hope.

You might not always get what you want, but you always get what you expect.

Revenge, lust, ambition, pride, and self-will are too often exalted as the gods of man's idolatry; while holiness, peace, contentment, and humility are viewed as unworthy of a serious thought.

It is said that our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows but only empties today of its strength.

We are in a wrong state of mind if we are not in a thankful state of mind.

Lord keep us all from sin. Teach us how to walk circumspectly; enable us to guard our minds against error of doctrine, our hearts against wrong feelings, and our lives against evil actions.

I groan daily under a body of sin and corruption. Oh for the time when I shall drop this flesh, and be free from sin!

Conversion is a change of masters. Will we not do as much for our new master, the Lord Jesus, as we did once for our old tyrant lusts?

The roaring thunder of the law and the fear of the terror of judgment are both used to bring us to Christ, but the final victory culminating in our salvation is won through God's loving-kindness.

The astronomer will believe that the most erratic comet will yet accomplish its journey and revisit our sphere; but we give up those for lost who have not wandered one-half the distance from the centre of light and life.

Cast away your sloth, your lethargy, your coldness, or whatever interferes with your chaste and pure love for Christ, your soul's husband. Make Him the source, the center, and the circumference of all your soul's range of delight.

To feel not only submitted but willing to be anything or nothing as the Lord wills it - this is, in truth, to sing a song to our Well Beloved.

It is not well to make great changes in old age.

He who has felt his own ruin will not imagine the case of any to be hopeless; nor will he think them too fallen to be worthy his regard.

This thing comes to me, not by the hearing of the ear, but by my own personal experience: I know of a surety that Jesus manifests Himself unto His people as He doth not unto the world.

Nothing reflects so much honor on a workman as a trial of his work and its endurance of it. So it is with God. It honors Him when His saints preserve their integrity.

You cannot make a sinner into a saint by killing him. He who does not live as a saint here will never live as a saint hereafter.

Sincerity makes the very least person to be of more value than the most talented hypocrite.

However weak we are, however poor, however little our faith, or however small our grace may be, our names are still written on His heart; nor shall we lose our share in Jesus' love.

You will never exaggerate when you speak good things of God. It is not possible to do so. Try, dear brethren, and boast in the Lord.

Alas! You complain that your soul is out of tune. Then ask the Master to tune the heart-strings.

May we have communion with God in the secret of our hearts, and find Him to be to us as a little sanctuary.

Giving is true having.

Beware of no man more than of yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us.

The early morning hour should be dedicated to praise: do not the birds set us the example?

I do think that a minister who can preach a sermon without addressing sinners does not know how to preach.

No one knows who is listening, say nothing you would not wish put in the newspapers.

Feel for others - in your pocket.

We do not pray to God to instruct Him as to what He should do; neither for a moment must we presume to dictate the method of the divine working.

The first fresh hour of every morning should be dedicated to the Lord, whose mercy gladdens it with golden light.

Oh, hour of forgiven sin, moment of perfect pardon, our soul shall never forget you while, within you, life and being find immortality!

We object not to the narration of the deeds of our unregenerate condition, but to the mode in which it is too often done. Let sin have its monument, but let it be a heap of stones cast by the hands of execration - not a mausoleum erected by the hands of affection.

Let it be our delight to find our society in the circle of which Jesus is the center, and let us make those our friends who are the friends of Jesus.

If Christ has died for me, ungodly as I am, without strength as I am, then I cannot live in sin any longer, but must arouse myself to love and serve Him who has redeemed me.

What an encouraging thought that Jesus - our beloved Husband - can find comfort in our lowly feeble gifts! Can this be, for it seems far too good to be true? May we then be willing to endure trials or even death itself if through these hardships we are assisted in bringing gladness to Immanuel's heart.