A great man, I take it, is a man so inspired and permeated with the ideas of God and the Christly spirit as to be too magnanimous for vengeance, and too unselfish to seek his own ends.
P. 293. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
Unselfish and noble acts are the most radiant epochs in the biography of souls.Thomas David
Amusements are to religion like breezes of air to the flame; gentle ones will fan it, but strong ones will put it out.Thomas David
How free from every thing like art were the reasonings and language of Christ.Thomas David
Every sinful act is another cord woven into that mighty cable of habit, which binds the spirit to the throne of darkness.Thomas David
The Divine government of the world is like a stream that rolls under us; men are only as bubbles that rise on its surface; some are brighter and larger, and sparkle longer in the sun than others; but all must break; whilst the mighty current rolls on in its wonted majesty!Thomas David
Truth does not require your painting, brother; it is itself beauty. Unfold it, and men will be captivated. Take your brush to set off the rainbow, or give a new tinge of splendor to the setting sun, but keep it away from the "Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley."Thomas David