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Grief is only the memory of widowed affection. The more intense the delight in the presence of the object, the more poignant must be the impression of the absence.
James Martineau (Unitarian, clergy)
God has so arranged the chronometry of our spirits that there shall be thousands of silent moments between the striking hours.
James Martineau, “The Tides of the Spirit” Hours of Thought (1876) p.12 (Unitarian, clergy, theologian)
'Til you get down to the foundations of your natural piety and touch sacred ground, you cannot raise the superstructure of either your knowledge or your action.
James Martineau, “The Bread of Life,” Hours of Thought p.168 (Unitarian, theologian, clergy)
High hearts are never long without hearing some new call, some distant clarion of God, even in their dreams; and soon they are observed to break up the camp of ease, and start on some fresh march of faithful service
James Martineau (Unitarian, clergy, theologian)
There is no human life so poor and small as not to hold many a divine possibility.
James Martineau (Unitarian, theologian, clergy)
Now is the time, and here is the world, committed to our trust; and any form of activity that looks another way in neglect of their pressing appeals, may well be suspected as an evasion or a romance.
James Martineau (Unitarian, theologian, clergy) “The Unknown Paths,” Hours of Thought p.180
In every earnest life, there are weary flats to tread, with the heavens out of sight, - no sun, no moon, — and not a tint of light upon the path below; when the only guidance is the faith of brighter hours, and the secret Hand we are too numb and dark to feel.
James Martineau (Unitarian, clergy, theologian) “The Tides of the Spirit” Hours of Thought (1876) p.11
Duty has its artisan, who labors by prescription to the will; and its artist who shapes forth the love within his heart.
James Martineau, “The Better Part,” Hours of Thought p.66 (Unitarian, clergy, theologian)
We are each of us responsible for the evil we might have prevented.
James Martineau (Unitarian, theologian, clergy)
The laugh of mirth that vibrates through the heart; the tears that freshen the dry wastes within; the music that brings childhood back; the prayer that calls the future near; the doubt which makes us meditate; the death which startles us with mystery; the hardship which forces us to struggle; the anxiety that ends in trust; are the true nourishment of our natural being
James Martineau (Unitarian, clergy, theologian)