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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
H. Ballou
  Doubt is an incentive to truth, and patient inquiry leadeth the way.  1
  Education commences at the mother’s knee, and every word spoken within the hearing of little children tends towards the formation of character.  2
  Envy is the most acid fruit that grows on the stock of sin, a fluid so subtle that nothing but the fire of divine love can purge it from the soul.  3
  Exaggeration is a blood relation to falsehood.  4
  Falsehood is cowardice; truth is courage.  5
  Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul; and the heart of man knoweth none more fragrant.  6
  Judgment is not a swift-growing plant; it requires time and culture to mature it.  7
  Preaching is of much avail, but practice is far more effective. A godly life is the strongest argument that you can offer to the sceptic.  8
  Prosperity seems to be scarcely safe, unless it be mixed with a little adversity.  9
  Rage is mental imbecility.  10
  Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit!  11
  Sin is like the bee, with honey in its mouth but a sting in its tail.  12
  Tears of joy, like summer rain-drops, are pierced by sunbeams.  13
  Theories are very thin and unsubstantial; experience only is tangible.  14
  Unkindness has no remedy at law; let its avoidance be with you a point of honour.  15
  Weary the path that does not challenge reason. Doubt is an incentive to truth, and patient inquiry leadeth the way.  16

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