Quotes by Edwin Hubbel Chapin

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The best men are not those who have waited for chances but who have taken them; besieged the chance; conquered the chance; and made chance the servitor.

Never does the human soul appear so strong and noble as when it forgoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.
Pride is the master sin of the devil, and the devil is the father of lies.
Do not judge from mere appearances; for the lift laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy. The bosom can ache beneath diamond brooches; and many a blithe heart dances under coarse wool.
No more duty can be urged upon those who are entering the great theater of life than simple loyalty to their best convictions.
Whatever touches the nerves of motive, whatever shifts man's moral position, is mightier than steam, or calorie, or lightening.
Poetry is the utterance of deep and heart-felt truth -- the true poet is very near the oracle.
The essence of justice is mercy.
The creed of a true saint is to make the best of life, and to make the most of it.
Not in achievement, but in endurance, of the human soul, does it show its divine grandeur and its alliance with the infinite.
Bigotry dwarfs the soul by shutting out the truth.
Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
Objects close to the eye shut out much larger objects on the horizon; and splendors born only of the earth eclipse the stars. So it is with people who sometimes cover up the entire disc of eternity with a dollar, and so quench transcendent glories with a little shining dust.
Ostentation is the signal flag of hypocrisy.
Profaneness is a brutal vice. He who indulges in it is no gentleman.
Skepticism has never founded empires, established principles, or changed the world's heart. The great doers in history have always been people of faith.
At the bottom of not a little of the bravery that appears in the world, there lurks a miserable cowardice. Men will face powder and steel because they have not the courage to face public opinion.
An aged Christian, with the snow of time upon his head, may remind us that those points of earth are whitest which are nearest to heaven.
Tribulation will not hurt you, unless as it too often does; it hardens you and makes you sour, narrow and skeptical.

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