Quotes by Theodore Parker

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Never violate the sacredness of your individual self-respect.

We are a rebellious nation. Our whole history is treason; our blood was attained before we were born; our creeds were infidelity to the mother church; our constitution treason to our fatherland.
Politics is the science of urgencies.
As society advances the standard of poverty rises.
It is very sad for a man to make himself servant to a single thing; his manhood all taken out of him by the hydraulic pressure of excessive business.
Self-denial is indispensable to a strong character, and the highest kind comes from a religious stock.
Outward judgment often fails, inward judgment never.
Wealth and want equally harden the human heart, like frost and fire both are alien to human flesh.
Let us do our duty, in our shop in our kitchen, in the market, the street, the office, the school, the home, just as faithfully as if we stood in the front rank of some great battle, and knew that victory for mankind depends on our bravery, strength, and skill. When we do that, the humblest of us will be serving in that great army which achieves the welfare of the world.
Let others laugh when you sacrifice desire to duty, if they will. You have time and eternity to rejoice in.
The books that help you most are those which make you think that most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.

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