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Religion deserves a candid examination, and it demands nothing more. The fulfilment of prophecy forms a part of the evidence of Christianity. And are the prophecies false, or
are they true? Is their fallacy exposed, or their truth ratified by the event? And whether are they thus proved to be the delusions of impostors, or the dictates of inspiration? To the solution of these questions a patient and impartial inquiry alone is requisite reason alone is appealed to, and no other faith is here necessary, but that which arises as the natural and spontaneous fruit of rational conviction. The man who withholds this inquiry, and who will not be impartially guided by its result, is not only reckless of his fate, but devoid of that of which he prides himself the most, even of all true liberality of sentiment. He is the bigot of infidelity, who will not believe the truth because it is the truth. Keith.
To me it appears, and I think it material to be remarked, that a disbelief of the established religion of their country has no tendency to dispose men for the reception of another; but that, on the contrary, it generates a settled contempt of all religious pretensions whatever. General infidelity is the hardest soil which the propagators of a new religion can have to work upon. Paley.
O, she is fallen Into a pit of ink! that the wide sea Hath drops too few to wash her clean again; And salt too little, which may season give To her foul tainted flesh!
Is it in words to paint you! O ye fall'n!
Far more undone! O ye most infamous
When once infidelity can persuade men that they shall die like beasts, they will soon be brought to live like beasts also. South.
Infidelity gives nothing in return for what it takes away. What, then, is it worth?
Everything to be valued has a compensating power. Not a blade of grass that withers, or the ugliest weed that is flung away to rot and die, but reproduces something. Nothing in nature is barren. Therefore, everything that is or seems opposed to nature, cannot be true; it can only exist in the shape that a diseased mind imparts to one of its coinages. Infidelity is one of those coinages, -a mass of base money that won't pass current with any heart that loves truly, or any head that thinks correctly. And infidels are poor sad creatures; they carry about them a load of dejection and desolation, not the less heavy that it is invisible. It is the fearful blindness of the soul. Chalmers. INFIDELITY and FAITH-Different Acts of.
Infidelity and Faith look both through the same perspective-glass, but at contrary ends. Infidelity looks through the wrong end of the glass; and, therefore, sees those objects near, which are afar off, and makes great things little, diminishing the greatest spiritual blessings, and removing far from us threatened evils : Faith looks at the right end, and brings the blessings that are far off in time close to our eye, and multiplies God's mercies, which, in the distance, lost their greatness. Bishop Hall.
The infinite is more sure than any other fact. The infinite of terror, of hope, of pity; did it not at any moment disclose itself to thee, indubitable, unnameable? Came it never, like the gleam of preternatural eternal oceans, like the voice of old eternities, farsounding through thy heart of hearts? Curlyle.
Infinity is the retirement in which perfect love and wisdom only dwell with God. In infinity and eternity the sceptic sees an abyss, in which all is lost. I see in them the residence of Almighty power, in which my reason and my wishes find equally a firm support. Here, holding by the pillars of heaven, I exist, -I stand fast. Miller.
Not one false man but does uncountable mischief. Carlyle.
As a little silvery circular ripple, set in motion by the falling pebble, expands from its inch of radius to the whole compass of the pool, so there is not a child-not an infant Moses-placed, however softly, in his bulrush ark upon the sea of time, whose existence does
not stir a ripple, gyrating outward and on, until it shall have moved across, and spanned the whole ocean of God's eternity, stirring even the river of life, and the fountains at which His angels drink. Elihu Burritt.
INFLUENCE of Females.
The most brutal man cannot live in constant £23ociation with a strong female influence, and Mrs. Stowe. not be greatly controlled by it.
In proportion as we advance in experience, we cannot but deplore the ignorance of men, especially those who are engaged in the instruction of youth. Because they have taken bigh scholastic rank--because they know Greek and Latin, and have a certain faculty of divining the ordinary intellectual and moral ra's of their pupils, they consider themselves competent to direct their life-career. Yet there rarely passes a year in which pupils ave the public institutions of whom their masters have neither suspected the talents nor the destined renown. But this is not the question-that with which we chiefly reproach them is, that they ignore completely the physiology of man-that they have not the least knowledge of hereditary influence, and that they believe when they find a pupil idle, captious, or rebellious, that the remedy is perpetually to punish. The first thing ought to be to ascertain if the evil proceed from constitution, from education, or from hereditary causes. In this latter case all chastisement, far from correcting, will only aggravate the evil and hasten the explosion of the disease. Dr. Forbes Winslow.
Race and temperament go for much in influencing opinion. Lady Morgan.
Can that man be dead
Whose spiritual influence is upon his kind?
No human being can come into this world without increasing or diminishing the sum total of human happiness, not only of the present, but of every subsequent age of humanity. No one can detach himself from this connection. There is no sequestered spot in the universe, no dark niche along the disc
of non-existence, to which he can retreat from his relations to others, where he can withdraw the influence of his existence upon the moral destiny of the world; everywhere his presence or absence will be felt-everywhere he will have companions who will be better or worse for his influence. It is an old saying, and one of fearful and fathomless import, that we are forming characters for eternity. Forming characters! Whose? our Own or others? Both-and in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence. Who is sufficient for the thought? Thousands of my fellow-beings will yearly enter eternity with characters differing from those they would have carried thither had I never lived. The sunlight of that world will reveal my finger marks in their primary formations, and in their successive strata of thought and life.
INGRATITUDE-Crimes attendant on. Where ingratitude, that sin of upstarts, And vice of cowards, once takes root, a thousand
Base, grov'ling crimes cling round its monstrous growth,
Like ivy to old oaks, to hide its rottenness. Themistocles.
INGRATITUDE-like the Cuckoo.
We seldom find people ungrateful as long as we are in a condition to render them services. La Rochefoucauld.
Is it not as this mouth should tear his hand, For lifting food to't? Shakspeare.
He that's ungrateful, has no guilt but one; All other crimes may pass for virtues in him. Young.
He that calls a man ungrateful, sums up all the evil that a man can be guilty of. Swift.
I hate ingratitude more in a man,
Ingratitude? that marble-hearted fiend,
One ungrateful man does an injury to all who stand in need of aid. Publius Syrius.
She has tied Sharp-tooth'd unkindness, like a vulture here; Look'd black upon me; struck me with her tongue,
Most serpent-like, upon the very heart.
Both false and faithless! Draw near, ye well-join'd wickedness, ye serpents,
Whom I have in my kindly bosom warm'd,
INGRATITUDE-No Laws against.
As there are no laws extant against ingratitude, so it is utterly impossible to contrive any that in all circumstances shall reach it. If it were actionable, there would not be courts enough in the whole world to try the causes in. There can be no setting a day for the requiting of benefits as for the payment of money; nor any estimate upon the benefits themselves; but the whole matter rests in the conscience of both parties: and then there are so many degrees of it, that the same rule will never serve all. Seneca.
INGRATITUDE-to One's Self.
He that forgets his friend is ungrateful to him; but he that forgets his Saviour, is unmerciful to himself. Bunyan. INGRATITUDE-Rebellious Spirit of. To break thy faith, And turn a rebel to so good a master, Is an ingratitude unmatch'd on earth. The first revolting angel's pride could only Do more than thou hast done; thou copiest well, And keep'st the black original in view. Rowe.
All should unite to punish the ungrateful:
As man's ingratitude;
Although thy breath be rude. Shakspeare. INJURIES-Forgiveness of.
Tell us, ye men who are so jealous of right and of honour, who take sudden fire at every insult, and suffer the slightest imagination of another's contempt, or another's unfairness, to chase from your bosom every feeling of complacency; ye men, whom every fancied affront puts in such a turbulence of emotion, and in whom every fancied infringement stirs up the quick, and the resentful appetite for justice, how will you stand the rigorous application of that test by which the forgiven of God are ascertained, even that the spirit of forgiveness is in them, aud by which it will be pronounced, whether you are, indeed, the children of the Highest, and perfect as your Father in Heaven is perfect? Chalmers.
Slight small injuries, and they will become none at all. Fuller.
INJURY-unanswered Dies away.
An injury unanswered, in course grows weary of itself, and dies away in a voluntary remorse. In bad dispositions, capable of no restraint but fear, it has a different effectthe silent digestion of one wrong provokes a second. Sterne.
If light wrongs touch me not,
Injustice arises either from precipitation or indolence, or from a mixture of both. The rapid and the slow are seldom just; the unjust wait either not at all, or wait too long.
To send the injured unredress'd away,
The man who wears injustice by his side Though powerful millions follow'd him to war, Combats against the odds-against high Havard.
He that acts unjustly, Is the worst rebel to himself; and though now Ambition's trumpet and the drum of power May drown the sound, yet conscience will one day Speak loudly to him. Ibid.
INJUSTICE of Trespassing on Others.
He who will take up another's time and fortune in his service, though he has no prospect of rewarding his merit towards him, is as unjust in his dealings as he who takes up goods of a tradesman without intention or ability to pay him. Steele.
INN (Village)-Reminiscences of the. Near yonder thorn, that lifts its head on high, Where once the sign-post caught the passing eye,
Low lies that inn where nut-brown draughts inspired,
Where honest swains and smiling toil retired; Where village statesmen talk'd with looks profound,
And news much older than their ale went round.
The varnish'd clock that click'd behind the door;
The chest, contrived a double debt to pay,