Faith & Spirit Quotations


It might seem that I had some spite against the priest, but not so, I am on as good terms with him as with another man.—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers 
It is necessary not to be Christian, to appreciate the beauty and significance of the life of Christ.—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers 
If it were not for death & funerals I think the institution of the Church would not stand longer.—Journal, 16 November 1851
That nation is not Christian where the principles of humanity so not prevail, but the prejudices of race.—Journal, 25 September 1851
I expect the Christian not to be superstitious but to be distinguished by the clearness of his knowledge, the strength of his faith, the breadth of his humanity.—Journal, 25 September 1851
The bigoted & sectarian forget that without religion or devotion of some kind nothing great was ever accomplished.—Journal, 27 July 1852
I suppose that what in other men is religion is in me love of nature.—Journal, 30 October 1842
Faith, indeed, is all the reform that is needed; it is itself a reform.—"Paradise (to be) Regained"
Give me the old familiar walk, postoffice and all, with this ever new self, with this infinite expectation and faith, which does not know when it is beaten. We'll go nutting once more. We'll pluck the nut of the world, and crack it in the winter evenings. Theaters and all other sightseeing are puppet-shows in comparison. I will take another walk to the Cliff, another row on the river, another skate on the meadow, be out in the first snow, and associate with the winter birds. Here I am at home. In the bare and bleached crust of the earth I recognize my friend.—Journal, 1 November 1858
How happens it we reverence the stones which fall from another planet, and not the stones which belong to this — another globe, not this — heaven, and not earth? Are not the stones in Hodge’s wall as good as the aerolite at Mecca? Is not our broad back-door-stone as good as any corner-stone in heaven.—Journal, 30 August 1856
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