Charles Henry Parkhurst Quotes

Charles Henry Parkhurst (April 17, 1842 – September 8, 1933) was an American clergyman and social reformer, born in Framingham, Massachusetts. Although scholarly and reserved, he preached two sermons in 1892 in which he attacked the political corruption of New York City government. Backed by the evidence he collected, his statements led to both the exposure of Tammany Hall and to subsequent social and political reforms.

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Charles Henry Parkhurst


Home interprets heaven. Home is heaven for beginners.

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Every thought was once a poem.

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My sin is the black spot which my bad act makes, seen against the disk of the Sun of Righteousness. Hence religion and sin come and go together.

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Laws of Nature are God's thoughts thinking themselves out in the orbs and the tides.

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The man who lives by himself and for himself is likely to be corrupted by the company he keeps.

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Sympathy is two hearts tugging at one load.

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Virtue is safe only when it is inspired.

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Little works, little thoughts, little loves, little prayers for little Christians, and larger and larger as the years grow.

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Genius does not care much for a set of explicit regulations, but that does not mean that genius is lawless.

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Ideals we do not make. We discover, not invent, them.

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Hell is both sides of the tomb, and a devil may be respectable and wear good clothes.

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Faith is a kind of winged intellect. The great workmen of history have been men who believed like giants.

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Christ took hold of the work of the world's saving in a larger way than it is possible for us to do, and therefore the burden of His undertaking came upon Him in a heavier, wider, and more crushing way than it can come upon us; and therefore, while it overwhelmed Him in sorrow, our smaller mission and lighter task can with entire propriety leave us buoyant and gladsome.

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“All great discoveries are made by men whose feelings run ahead of their thinking.”

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“Faith is the heroism of the intellect.”

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