Natural emotion is the soul of poetry, as melody is of music; the same faults are engendered by overstudy of either art; there is a lack of sincerity, of irresistible impulse in both the poet and the composer.
Emotion has no value in the Christian system, save as it stands connected with right conduct as the cause of it. Emotion is the bud, not the flower, and never is it of value until it expands into a flower.
There are three orders of emotions,those of pleasure, which refer to the senses; those of harmony, which refer to the mind; and those of happiness, which are the natural result of a union between harmony and pleasure.
We are but shadows: we are not endowed with real life, and all that seems most real about us is but the thinnest substance of a dream,till the heart be touched. That touch creates usthen we begin to bethereby we are beings of reality and inheritors of eternity.