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. I should not like to be merely a great doctor, a great lawyer, a great minister, a great politician. I should like to be, also, something of a man.
As quoted in A Dictionary of Thoughts : Being a Cyclopedia of Laconic Quotations from the Best Authors, Both Ancient and Modern (1891) edited by Tryon Edwards. p. 326.
Truth never yet fell dead in the streets; it has such affinity with the soul of man, the seed however broadcast will catch somewhere and produce its hundredfold.Theodore Parker
Truth stood on one side and Ease on the other; it has often been so.Theodore Parker
All men desire to be immortal.Theodore Parker
Every rose is an autograph from the hand of the Almighty God. On this world about us He has inscribed His thought, in these marvelous hieroglyphics which sense and science have been these many thousand years seeking to understand. The universe itself is a great autograph of the Almighty.Theodore Parker
Remorse is the pain of sin.Theodore Parker
Wealth and want equally harden the human heart, like frost and fire both are alien to human flesh. Famine and gluttony alike drive nature away from the heart of man.Theodore Parker
Outward judgment often fails, inward judgment never.Theodore Parker
Let others laugh when you sacrifice desire to duty, if they will. You have time and eternity to rejoice in.Theodore Parker
The books that help you the most are those which make you think the most.Theodore Parker
Every man has at times in his mind the ideal of what he should be, but is not. This ideal may be high and complete, or it may be quite low and insufficient; yet in all men that really seek to improve, it is better than the actual character. * * * Man never falls so low that he can see nothing higher than himself.Theodore Parker
The Roman Christian mythology (and theology) discourages the vice of licentiousness, and so this is better than the heathen, but it encourages bigotry, hypocrisy, cant, and many another vice which the older Mother of Abominations kept clear from.Theodore Parker
Never violate the sacredness of your individual self-respect. Be true to your own mind and conscience, your heart and your soul. So only can you be true to God.Theodore Parker
Yet, if he would, man cannot live all to this world. If not religious, he will be superstitious. If he worship not the true God , he will have his idols .Theodore Parker