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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
Theodore Parker
  Cities have always been the fire-places (i.e., foci) of civilisation, whence light and heat radiated out into the dark, cold world.  1
  Covetous men need money least, yet most affect it; and prodigals, who need it most, do least regard it.  2
  Disappointment is often the salt of life.  3
  Every man has at times in his mind the ideal of what he should be, but is not. In all men that really seek to improve, it is better than the actual character.  4
  Gratitude is one of the rarest of virtues.  5
  Greatness is its own torment.  6
  Justice is the keynote of the world, and all else is ever out of tune.  7
  Let men laugh when you sacrifice desire to duty, If they will. You have time and eternity to rejoice in.  8
  Man is the jewel of God, who has created this material world to keep his treasure in.  9
  Marriages are best of dissimilar material.  10
  Outward judgment often fails, inward justice never.  11
  Politics is the science of exigencies.  12
  Self-denial is indispensable to a strong character, and the loftiest kind thereof comes only of a religious stock.  13
  The books which help you most are those which make you think the most.  14
  The great man has more of human nature than other men organised in him.  15
  The greatest star is that at the little end of the telescope,—the star that is looking, not looked after, nor looked at.  16
  Wealth and want equally harden the human heart, as frost and fire are both alien to the human flesh. Famine and gluttony alike drive nature away from the heart of man.  17
  Work is the only universal currency which God accepts. A nation’s welfare will depend on its ability to master the world; that, on power of work; that, on its power of thought.  18

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