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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
J. G. Holland
  A man is always nearest to his good when at home, and farthest from it when away.  1
  A man who feels that his religion is a slavery has not begun to comprehend the real nature of it.  2
  A man who has nothing to do is the devil’s playfellow.  3
  A woman in love is a very poor judge of character.  4
  Better far to die in the old harness than to try to put on another.  5
  Better is an ass that carries us than a horse that throws us.  6
  Character is a thing that will take care of itself.  7
  Communion is the law of growth, and homes only thrive when they sustain relations with each other.  8
  Duty, especially out of the domain of love, is the veriest slavery in the world.  9
  Every man who strikes blows for power, for influence, for institutions, for the right, must be just as good an anvil as he is a hammer.  10
  Every man’s powers have relation to some kind of work, and wherever he finds that kind of work which he can do best, he finds that by which he can best build up or make his manhood.  11
  Everything a man parts with is the cost of something. Everything he receives is the compensation of something.  12
  Everything good in a man thrives best when properly recognised.  13
  Fashion is aristocratic-autocratic.  14
  God gives every bird its nest, but does not throw it into the nest.  15
  God only opened His hand to give flight to a thought that He had held imprisoned from eternity.  16
  Home, in one form or another, is the great object of life.  17
  Humanity is constitutionally lazy.  18
  Ideals are the world’s masters.  19
  If you want learning, you must work for it.  20
  It is better to be a self-made man, filled up according to God’s original pattern, than to be half a man, made after some other man’s pattern.  21
  It is not a question how much a man knows, but what use he can make of what he knows.  22
  It is the life in literature that acts upon life.  23
  Labour is the instituted means for the methodical development of all our powers under the direction and control of the will.  24
  Laws are the very bulwarks of liberty. They define every man’s rights, and stand between and defend the individual liberties of all.  25
  Life was intended to be so adjusted that the body should be the servant of the soul, and always subordinate to the soul.  26
  Like talks best with like, laughs best with like, works best with like, and enjoys best with like; and it cannot help it.  27
  Love makes labour light.  28
  Many men and women spend their lives in unsuccessful attempts to spin the flax God sends them upon a wheel they can never use.  29
  No nation can be destroyed while it possesses a good home life.  30
  One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.  31
  Perfect love holds the secret of the world’s perfect liberty.  32
  Power, in its quality and degree, is the measure of manhood.  33
  Public opinion is democratic.  34
  Repose is the cradle of power.  35
  Responsibility walks hand in hand with capacity and power.  36
  Scholarship, save by accident, is never the measure of a man’s power.  37
  The charity that thinketh no evil trusts in God and trusts in man.  38
  The choicest thing this world has for a man is affection.  39
  The Christian religion is an inspiration and life—God’s life breathed into a man and breathed through a man.  40
  The great soul that sits on the throne of the universe is not, never was, and never will be, in a hurry.  41
  The man who does not learn to live while he is getting a living is a poorer man after his wealth is won than he was before.  42
  The proverbs of a nation furnish the index to its spirit and the results of its civilisation.  43
  The secret of man’s success resides in his insight into the moods of men, and his tact in dealing with them.  44
  There are no twin souls in God’s universe.  45
  There is no well-doing, no godlike doing, that is not patient doing.  46
  There is nothing more precious to a man than his will; there is nothing which he relinquishes with so much reluctance.  47
  “Work and wait,” “Work and wait,” is what God says to us in creation and in providence.  48
  Work for immortality if you will: then wait for it.  49
  Work was made for man, and not man for work.  50

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