Quotes by Hosea Ballou

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Hosea Ballou (April 30, 1771 - June 7, 1852) was an American Universalist clergyman and theological writer.

Hosea Ballou was born in Richmond, New Hampshire. The son of Maturin Ballou, a Baptist minister, he was self-educated, and devoted himself early on to the ministry. In 1789 he converted to Universalism, and in 1794 became a pastor of a congregation in Dana, Massachusetts.

He preached at Barnard, Vermont and surrounding towns in 1801-1807; at Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1807-1815; at Salem, Massachusetts in 1815-1817; and as pastor of the Second Universalist Church in Boston from December 1817 until his death there.

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Hatred is self-punishment. Hatred it the coward's revenge for being intimidated.

Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.
Falsehood is cowardice, the truth courage.
Disease is the retribution of outraged Nature.
The act of divine worship is the inestimable privilege of man, the only created being who bows in humility and adoration.
Preaching is to much avail, but practice is far more effective. A godly life is the strongest argument you can offer the skeptic.
Doubt is the incentive to truth and inquiry leads the way.
Never let your zeal outrun your charity. The former is but human, the latter is divine.
Those who commit injustice bear the greatest burden.
Brevity and conciseness are the parents of correction.
Theories are always very thin and insubstantial, experience only is tangible.
Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.
Suspicion is far more to be wrong than right; more often unjust than just. It is no friend to virtue, and always an enemy to happiness.
A single bad habit will mar an otherwise faultless character, as an ink-drop soileth the pure white page.
The oppression of any people for opinion's sake has rarely had any other effect than to fix those opinions deeper, and render them more important.
Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken within hearsay of little children tends toward the formation of character.
Exaggeration is a blood relation to falsehood and nearly as blamable.

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