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after he has converted a man, convey him to heaven; but suffers him first to be beaten upon by many temptations, and then exalts him to his crown.-Cecil.

The hardest trial of the heart is, whether it can bear a rival's failure without triumph.-Aikin.

The cloud which appeared to the prophet Ezekiel carried with it winds and storms, but it was environed with a golden circle; so the storms of affliction which happen to God's children, are encompassed with brightness and smiling felicity.-N. Caussin.

God often lays the sum of his amazing providences in very dismal afflictions; as the limner first puts on the dusky colors, on which he intends to draw the portraiture of some illustrious beauty-Charnock.

A truly virtuous person is like good metal, the more he is fired, the more he is fined; the more he is opposed, the more he is approved. Wrongs may well try him and touch him, but they cannot imprint on him any false stamp.-Richelieu.

Every man will have his own criterion in forming his judgment of others. 1 depend very much on the effect of affliction. I consider how a man comes out of the furnace; gold will lie for a month in the furnace without losing a grain.-Cecil.

As the musician straineth his strings, and yet he breaketh none of them but maketh thereby a sweeter melody and better concord; so God, through affliction, makes his own better unto the fruition and enjoying of the life to come.-Cawdrey.

God had one Son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.Augustine.

The brightest crowns that are worn in heaven have been tried, and smelted, and polished, and glorified through the furnaces of tribulation.-E. H. Chapin.

God often afflicts his people to bring them nearer and keep them nearer to himself, to make earth less attractive and heaven more desirable.

Under the shadow of earthly disappointment, all unconsciously to ourselves, our Divine Redeemer is walking by our side.-E. H. Chapin.

Blessed be the discipline that makes me reach out to a closer union with Jesus!-Blessed be the dews of the spirit that keep my leaf ever green!-Blessed be the trials which shake down the ripe golden fruits from the branches.-T. L. Cuyler.

Great trials seem to be a necessary preparation for great duties.-E. Thom


In the time of Jesus, the mount of transfiguration was on the way to the cross. In our day the cross is on the way to the mount of transfiguration.-If you would be on the mountain, you must consent to pass over the road to it.-H. C. Trumbull.

It is the easiest thing in the world to obey God when he commands us to do what we like, and to trust him when the path is all sunshine. The real victory of faith is to trust God in the dark, and through the dark.-T. L. Cuyler.

Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps, till the legend, "over steep ways to the stars" fulfils itself.-W. C. Doane.

There are many trials in life which do not seem to come from unwisdom or folly; they are silver arrows shot from the bow of God, and fixed inextricably in the quivering heart.-They are to be borne. They were not meant, like snow or water, to melt as soon as they strike; but the moment an ill can be patiently borne it is disarmed of its poison, though not of its pain.-H. W. Beecher.

As in nature, and in the arts, so in grace; it is rough treatment that gives souls, as well as stones, their lustre.The more the diamond is cut the brighter it sparkles, and in what seems hard dealing God has no end in view but to perfect our graces. He sends tribulations, but tells us their purpose, that "tribulation worketh patience, and patience experience, and experience hope."-Guthrie.

Outward attacks and troubles rather fix than unsettle the Christian, as tempests from without only serve to root the oak more firmly in the ground.H. More.

The surest way to know our gold is to look upon it and examine it in God's

furnace, where he tries it that we may see what it is. If we have a mind to know whether a building stands strong or no, we must look upon it when the wind blows. If we would know whether a staff be strong, or a rotten, broken reed, we must observe it when it is leaned on and weight is borne upon it. If we would weigh ourselves justly we must weigh ourselves in God's scales that he makes use of to weigh us.-Jonathan Edwards.

It is trial that proves one thing weak and another strong.-A house built on the sand is in fair weather just as good as if builded on a rock.-A cobweb is as good as the mightiest cable when there is no strain upon it.-H. W. Beecher.

As sure as ever God puts his children in the furnace, he will be in the furnace with them.-Spurgeon.

Among my list of blessings infinite stands this the foremost, that my heart has bled.-Young.

There are no crown-wearers in heaven that were not cross-bearers here below. -Spurgeon.

TRIFLES. (See "LITTLE THINGS.") Trifles make perfection, but perfection itself is no trifle.-Michael Angelo. There is nothing insignificant-nothing.-Coleridge.

Nothing is more unworthy of a wise man, or ought to trouble him more, than to have allowed more time for trifling, and useless things, than they deserved.-Plato.

He that has "a spirit of detail" will do better in life than many who figured beyond him in the university.-Such an one is minute and particular.-He adjusts trifles; and these trifles compose most of the business and happiness of life. Great events happen seldom, and affect few; trifles happen every moment to everybody; and though one occurrence of them adds little to the happiness or misery of life, yet the sum total of their continual repetition is of the highest consequence.-Daniel Webster.

There are no trifles in the moral universe of God. Speak but one true word to-day, and it shall go ringing on through the ages.-W. M. Punshon.

It is in those acts which we call tri

vialities that the seeds of joy are forever wasted.-George Eliot.

He who esteems trifles for themselves is a trifler; he who esteems them for the conclusions to be drawn from them, or the advantage to which they can be put, is a philosopher.-Bulwer.

One kernel is felt in a hogshead; one drop of water helps to swell the ocean; a spark of fire helps to give light to the world. None are too small, too feeble, too poor to be of service. Think of this and act. Life is no trifle.

A life devoted to trifles, not only takes away the inclination, but the capacity for higher pursuits. The truths of Christianity have scarcely more influence on a frivolous than on a profligate character.-Hannah More.

Think naught a trifle, though it small appear; sands make the mountain, moments make the year, and trifles, life. Your care to trifles give, else you may die ere you have learned to live.Young.

Johnson well says, "He who waits to do a great deal of good at once will never do anything." Life is made up of little things. It is very rarely that an occasion is offered for doing a great deal at once. True greatness consists in being great in little things.-C. Sim


There is a kind of latent omniscience not only in every man, but in every particle.-Emerson.

Delude not yourself with the notion that you may be untrue and uncertain in trifles and in important things the contrary. Trifles make up existence, and give the measure by which to try us; and the fearful power of habit, after a time, suffers not the best will to ripen into action.-C. M. von Weber.

The chains which cramp us most are those which weigh on us least.-Mad. Swetchine.

Trifles make the sum of human things, and half our misery from our foibles springs.-H. More.

Trifles discover character more than actions of seeming importance; what one is in little things he is also in great.

Small causes are sufficient to make a man uneasy when great ones are not in

the way. For want of a block he will stumble at a straw.-Swift.

The great moments of life are but moments like the others. Your doom is spoken in a word or two. A single look from the eyes, a mere pressure of the hand, may decide it; or of the lips, though they cannot speak.-Thackeray.

Those who give too much attention to trifling things become generally incapable of great ones.-Rochefoucauld.

Trifles we should let not plague us only, but also gratify us; we should seize not their poison-bags only, but their honey-bags also.-Richter.

Those who place their affections at first on trifles for amusement, will find these become at last their most serious concerns.-Goldsmith.

As it would be great folly to shoe horses, as Nero did, with gold, so it is to spend time in trifles.-J. Mason.

Whoever shall review his life will find that the whole tenor of his conduct has been determined by some accident of no apparent moment.-Johnson.

The power of duly appreciating little things belongs to a great mind; a narrow-minded man has it not, for to him they are great things.-Whately.

Trifles discover a character more than actions of importance. In regard to the former, a person is off his guard, and thinks it not material to use disguise. It is no imperfect hint toward the discovery of a man's character to say he looks as though you might be certain of finding a pin upon his sleeve.-Shenstone.

There is no real elevation of mind in a contempt of little things. It is, on the contrary, from too narrow views that we consider those things of little importance, which have, in fact, such extensive consequences.-Fénelon.

There is a care for trifles which proceeds from love of conscience, and is most holy; and a care for trifles which comes of idleness and frivolity, and is most base.-Ruskin.

Great merit, or great failings, will make you respected or despised; but trifles, little attentions, mere nothings, either done or neglected, will make you either liked or disliked in the general run of the world.-Chesterfield.

A stray hair, by its continued irrita

tion, may give more annoyance than a smart blow.-J. R. Lowell.

If the nose of Cleopatra had been a little shorter it would have changed the history of the world.-Pascal.

Men are led by trifles.-Napoleon.

A grain of sand leads to the fall of a mountain when the moment has come for the mountain to fall.-Ernest Renan.

Frivolous curiosity about trifles, and laborious attentions to little objects which neither require nor deserve a moment's thought, lower a man, who from thence is thought, and not unjustly, incapable of greater matters.-Chesterfield.

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.-Emerson.

The mind of the greatest man on earth is not so independent of circumstances as not to feel inconvenienced by the merest buzzing noise about him; it does not need the report of a cannon to disturb his thoughts. The creaking of a vane or a pully is quite enough. Do not wonder that he reasons ill just now; a fly is buzzing by his ear; it is quite enough to unfit him for giving good counsel.-Pascal.

A little and a little, collected together, become a great deal; the heap in the barn consists of single grains, and drop and drop make the inundation.Saadi.

Think nothing too little; seek for the cross in the daily incidents of life, look for the cross in everything. Nothing is too little which relates to man's salvation, nor is there anything too little in which either to please God or to serve Satan.-Pusey.

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Men are born to trouble at first, and are exercised in it all their days.-There is a cry at the beginning of life and a groan at the end of it.-Arnot.

When troubles come from God, then naught behoves like patience; but for troubles wrought of men, patience is hard-I tell you it is hard.-Jean Ingelow.

Would you touch a nettle without being stung by it; take hold of it stoutly. Do the same to other annoyances, and hardly will anything annoy you.-Hare.

If all men were to bring their miseries together in one place, most would be glad to take each his own home again rather than take a portion out of the common stock.-Solon.

It is a kind and wise arrangement of Providence that weaves our sorrows into the elements of character; and that all the disappointments, and conflicts, and afflictions of life may, if rightly used, become the means of improvement, and create in us the sinews of strength.Trouble is a marvellous mortifier of pride, and an effectual restrainer of selfwill. Difficulties string up the energies to loftier effort, and intensity is gained from repression. By sorrow the temper is mellowed and the feeling is refined. When suffering has broken up the soil, and made the furrows soft, there can be implanted the hardy virtues which outbrave the storm. In short, trial is God's glorious alchemy, by which the dross is left in the crucible, the baser metals are transmuted, and the character is enriched with gold.-W. M. Punshon.

The little troubles and worries of life, so many of which we meet, may be as stumbling blocks in our way, or we may make them stepping-stones to a noble character and to Heaven.

Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.-H. W. Beecher.

If the sun of God's countenance shine upon me, I may well be content to be wet with the rain of affliction.-Bp. Hall.

Never borrow trouble. If the evil is not to come, it is useless, and so much waste; if it is to come, best keep all your strength to meet it.-Tryon Edwards.

When thou hast truly thanked the Lord for every blessing sent, but little time will then remain for murmur or lament.

Outward attacks and troubles rather fix than unsettle the Christian, as tempests from without only serve to root the oak faster; while an inward canker will gradually rot and decay it.-Hannah More.

Tribulation will not hurt you, unless it does-what, alas! it too often does-unless it hardens you, and makes you sour and narrow and sceptical.-E. H. Chapin.

It is not the will of God to give us more troubles than will bring us to live by faith on him; he loves us too well to give us a moment of uneasiness but for our good.-Romaine.

Troubles are usually the brooms and shovels that smoothe the road to a good man's fortune; and many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away hunger.-Basil.

Men's happiness springs mainly from moderate troubles, which afford the mind a healthful stimulus, and are followed by a reaction which produces a cheerful flow of spirits.-E. Wigglesworth.

If you tell your troubles to God, you put them into the grave; they will never rise again when you have committed them to him. If you roll your burden anywhere else, it will roll back again, like the stone of Sisyphus.-Spurgeon.

Instead of cares, burdens, and troubles being so many misfortunes, they are the influences by which God means to develop every element of our being, and polish it, and make it meet for his kingdom.-H. W. Beecher.

It is distrust of God, to be troubled about what is to come; impatience against God, to be troubled with what

present; and anger at God, to be troubled for what is past.-Bp. Patrick.

Heart troubles in God's husbandry are not wounds, but the putting in of the spade before planting the seeds.—H. W. Beecher.

Trouble is the next best thing to enjoyment; there is no fate in the world so horrible as to have no share in either its joys or sorrows.—Longfellow.

When Anaxagoras was told of the death of his son, he only said "I knew he was mortal." So we in all casualties of life should say, I knew my riches were uncertain; that my friend was but a man. Such considerations would soon pacify us, because all our troubles proceed from their being unexpected.-Plutarch.

Set about doing good to somebody. Put on your hat, and go and visit the sick and poor of your neighborhood; inquire into their circumstances, and minister to their wants. Seek out the

desolate, and afflicted, and oppressed, and tell them of the consolations of religion. I have often tried this method, and have always found it the best medicine for a heavy heart.-Howard.

There are many troubles which you cannot cure by the Bible and the hymn book, but which you can cure by a good perspiration and a breath of fresh air.H. W. Beecher.

Sorrow comes soon enough without despondency; it does a man no good to carry around a lightning-rod to attract trouble.-Anon.

Perhaps when the light of heaven shows us clearly the pitfalls and dangers of the earth road that led to the heavenly city, our sweetest songs of gratitude will be not for the troubles we have conquered, but for those we have escaped.-Barr.

The true

way of softening one's

troubles is to solace those of others.Mad. de Maintenon.

In all troublous events we may find comfort, though it be only in the negative admission that things might have been worse.-Barr.

TRUISMS.-Half the noblest passages in poetry are truisms; but these truisms are the great truths of humanity; and he is the true poet who draws them from their fountains in elemental purity, and gives us to drink.-L. E. Landon.


Deny first-truths, and reasoning is void. If an opponent denies them, we only add: "Be not as the horse and the mule, who have no understanding."-C. Simmons.

Never reason from what you do not know. Ramsay.

Fundamental truths should be both clear and familiar truths; self-evident truths are a solid foundation for reasoning.-C. Simmons.

TRUST.-To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.-J. Macdonald.

The soul and spirit that animates and keeps up society is mutual trust.-South.

I think that we may safely trust a good deal more than we do. We may waive just so much care of ourselves as we honestly bestow elsewhere.-Thor


The man who trusts men will make

fewer mistakes than he who distrusts them.-Cavour.

Trust God where you cannot trace him. Do not try to penetrate the cloud he brings over you; rather look to the bow that is on it. The mystery is God's; the promise is yours.-Macduff.

Trust not any man with thy life, credit, or estate. For it is mere folly for a man to enthrall himself to his friend, as though, occasion being offered, he might not become an enemy.-Burleigh.

Trust him little who praises all, him less who censures all, and him least who is indifferent about all.-Lavater.

If thou be subject to any great vanity or ill, then therein trust no man; for every man's folly ought to be his greatest secret.-Sir W. Raleigh.

Take special care that thou never trust any friend or servant with any matter that may endanger thine estate; for so shalt thou make thyself a bondslave to him that thou trustest, and leave thyself always to his mercy.-Sir W. Raleigh.

We trust as we love, and where we love. If we love Christ much, surely we shall trust him much.-T. Brooks.

Trust in God does not supersede the employment of prudent means on our part. To expect God's protection while we do nothing is not to honor but to tempt providence.-Quesnel.

Look at that beautiful butterfly, and learn from it to trust in God. One might wonder where it could live in tempestuous nights, in the whirlwind, or in the stormy day; but I have noticed it is safe and dry under the broad leaf while rivers have been flooded, and the mountain oaks torn up from their roots.Jeremy Taylor.

How calmly may we commit ourselves to the hands of him who bears up the world.-Richter.

I have never committed the least matter to God, that I have not had reason for infinite praise.-Anna Shipton.

An undivided heart, which worships God alone, and trusts him as it should, is raised above all anxiety for earthly wants.-Geikie.

Trust God for great things; with your five loaves and two fishes, he will show

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