Quotes by Hosea Ballou


Falsehood is cowardice, the truth courage.
– Hosea Ballou
A single bad habit will mar an otherwise faultless character, as an ink-drop soileth the pure white page.
– Hosea Ballou
Brevity and conciseness are the parents of correction.
– Hosea Ballou
Disease is the retribution of outraged Nature.
– Hosea Ballou
Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken within hearsay of little children tends toward the formation of character.
– Hosea Ballou
Everything in the world exists to end up in a book.
– Hosea Ballou
Exaggeration is a blood relation to falsehood and nearly as blamable.
– Hosea Ballou
Forty is the old age of youth, fifty is the youth of old age.
– Hosea Ballou
Hatred is self-punishment. Hatred it the coward's revenge for being intimidated.
– Hosea Ballou
It is easy to be beautiful; it is difficult to appear so.
– Hosea Ballou
Never be so brief as to become obscure.
– Hosea Ballou
Never let your zeal outrun your charity. The former is but human, the latter is divine.
– Hosea Ballou
No one has a greater asset for his business than a man's pride in his work.
– Hosea Ballou
Preaching is to much avail, but practice is far more effective. A godly life is the strongest argument you can offer the skeptic.
– Hosea Ballou
Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.
– Hosea Ballou
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.
– Hosea Ballou
Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.
– Hosea Ballou
The act of divine worship is the inestimable privilege of man, the only created being who bows in humility and adoration.
– Hosea Ballou
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.
– Hosea Ballou
Theories are always very thin and insubstantial, experience only is tangible.
– Hosea Ballou