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RELIGION, THE PROTESTANT.—- Where was your church before Luther ?" asked a Roman Catholic, of the famous John Wilkes. “ Where was your face before it was washed this morning ?" was the prompt and pointed answer.
RELIGION, THE PROTESTANT, ITS INFLUENCE ON COMMUNITIES. — Tell me where the Protestant religion and the Bible are, and where they are not, and I will write a moral geography of the world. I will show what, in all particulars, is the physical condition of that people. One glance of your eye will inform you where the Bible is, and where it is not. Go to Italy-decay, degradation, suffering, meet you on every side. Commerce droops, agriculture sickens, the useful arts languish. There is a heaviness in the air ; you feel cramped by some invisible power; the people dare not speak aloud; they walk slowly; an armed soldiery is around their dwellings; the armed police take from the stranger his Bible, before he enters the territory. Ask for the Bible in the bookstores; it is not there, or in a form so large and extensive as to be beyond the reach of the common people. The preacher takes no text from the Bible. Enter the Vatican, and inquire for a Bible, and you will be pointed to some case where it reposes among prohibited books, side by side with the works of Diderot, Rousseau, and Voltaire. But pass over the Alps into Switzerland, and down the Rhine into Holland, and over the Channel to England and Scotland, and what an amazing contrast meets the eye! Men look with an air of independence; there are industry, neatness, instruction for children. Why this difference? There is no brighter sky—there are no fairer scenes of nature—but they have the Bible; and happy are the people who are in such a case, for it is righteousness that exalteth a nation.-W. Adams.
RELIGION, THE SUPPORT OF STATES.-It was an admirable and true saying of Plutarch, “ That a city may as well be built in the air, as a commonwealth or kingdom be either
constituted or preserved without the support of religion."-Porteus.
RELIGION, TO BE PRACTICAL.—The faith that only reaches to the head, will never sanctify the heart. Knowledge, without experience, will no more sanctify, than painted fire will burn, or the sight of water cleanse. It may do good to others, as the knowledge of Noah's carpenters was useful to him, while they perished in the flood ! RELIGION, TRUE, RARE.-
-We have such an habitual persuasion of the general depravity of human nature, that in falling in with strangers we almost always reckon on their being irreligious, till we discover some specific indication of the contrary.-J. Foster.
RELIGION, WHAT MAKES US DISREGARD IT ?— The three great apostles of practical atheism, that make converts without persecuting, and retain them without preaching, are health, wealth, and power.—Colton.
RELIGION, WHAT THE SUM OF.—The sum and substance of the preparation needed for a coming eternity is, that you believe what the Bible tells you, and do what the Bible bids you.— Chalmers.
RELIGION, WHAT THE SUM OF.—Fear God, and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.-Sol
RELISH, MENTAL. --The relish of the mind is as various as that of the body, and like that too, may be altered; and it is a mistake to think that men cannot change the displeasingness or indifference that is in actions, into pleasure and desire, if they will but do what is in their power; a due consideration will do it in some cases, and practice and custom in most. Locke.
REMEDIES, GOOD.--For drunkenness, drink cold water; for health, rise early; to be happy, be honest; to please all, mind your own business.
REMORSE.—Let the virtuous remember, amidst their affliction, that though the heart of a good man may bleed even to death, it will never feel a torment equal to the rendings of remorse.—Man of the World.
REPARATION.-If thou hast done a wrong or injury to another, rather acknowledge and endeavor to repair, than to defend it. One way thou gainest forgiveness; the other, thou doublest the wrong and the reckoning.-W. Penn.
REPENTANCE.—There are two kinds of repentance: one is that of Judas, the other that of Peter; the one is “ice broken, the other ice melted." Repentance unto life, will be repentance in the life.
REPENTANCE.-Repentance is a hearty sorrow for our past misdeeds, and a sincere resolution and endeavor to the utmost of our power, to conform all our actions to the law of God. So that repentance does not consist in one single. act of sorrow (though that being the first and leading act, gives denomination to the whole), but in doing works meet for repentance, in a sincere obedience to the law of Christ, for the remainder of our lives.- Locke.
REPENTANCE.— True repentance consists in the heart being broken for sin and broken from sin. Some often repent, yet never reform; they resemble a man travelling in a dangerous path, who frequently starts and stops, but never turns back.— Thornton.
REPENTANCE.— It is a common error, and the greater and more mischievous for being so common, to believe that repentance best becomes and most concerns dying men. Indeed, what is necessary every hour of our life is necessary
the hour of death too, and as long as he lives he will have need of repentance, and therefore it is necessary in the hour of death too; but he who hath constantly exercised himself in it in his health and vigor, will do it with less pain in his sickness and weakness; and he who hath practised it all his life, will do it with more ease and less perplexity in the hour of his death: as he who hath diligently cast up every page of a large account will better be able to state the whole sum upon a little warning in the last leaf, than he can do who must look over every one of them.--Johnson.
REPENTANCE.—Repentance, without amendment, is like continually pumping without mending the leak.—Dilwyn.
REPENTANCE.—Repentance is a magistrate that exacts the strictest duty and humility, because the reward it gives is inestimable and everlasting; and the pain and punishment it redeems men from, is of the same continuance, and yet intolerable.- Clarendon.
REPENTANCE.—He that waits for repentance, waits for that which cannot be had as long as it is waited for. It is absurd for a man to wait for that which he himself has to do. - Nevins.
REPENTANCE AT DEATH.— Whatever stress some may lay upon it, a death-bed repentance is but a weak and slender plank to trust our all upon.-Sterne. REPRESENTATIVES.—
-It ought to be the happiness and glory of a representative, to live in the strictest union, the closest correspondence, and the most unreserved communication, with his constituents. Their wishes ought to have great weight with him; their opinion high respect; their business unremitted attention. It is his duty to sacrifice his repose, his pleasures, his satisfactions, to theirs; and, above all, ever, and in all cases, to prefer their interest to his own. But, his unbiassed opinion, his mature judgment, his enlightened conscience, he ought not to sacrifice to you, to any man, or to any set of men living. These he does not derive from your pleasure; no, nor from the law and the constitution. They are a trust from providence, for the abuse of which he is deeply answerable. Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.-Burketo the Electors of Bristol.
REPROACH.—Does a man reproach thee for being proud or ill-natured, envious or conceited, ignorant or detracting? Consider within thyself whether his reproaches are true. If they are not, consider that thou art not the person whom he reproaches, but that he reviles an imaginary being, and perhaps loves what thou really art, though he hates what thou appearest to be. If his reproaches are true, and if thou art the envious, ill-natured man he takes thee for, give thyself another turn, and become mild, affable, and obliging, and his reproaches of thee will naturally cease, or if they continue, thou art no longer the person he reproaches.--Addison.
REPROOF.—Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee ; rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.—Solomon.
REPROOF.—Confront improper conduct, not by retaliation, but by example.-J. Foster.
REPROOF.--When the most insignificant person tells us we are in error, we should listen, and examine ourselves, and see if it is so. To believe it possible we may be in error,
is the first step toward getting out of it.
REPROOF.—He who, when called upon to speak a disagreeable truth, tells it boldly and has done, is both bolder and milder than he who nibbles in a low voice, and nover ceases nibbling.-Lavater.
REPUTATION.-The way to gain a good reputation, is, to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. -Socrates.