"Subordination to morality can be slavish or vain or self- interested or resigned or gloomily enthusiastic or thoughtless or an actof despair, just as subordination to a prince can be: in itself it is nothing moral."
"Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to bedone, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a man's training begins, its probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly."
"Natural knowledge, seeking to satisfy natural wants, has found the ideas which can alone still spiritual cravings. I say that natural knowledge, in desiring to ascertain the laws of comfort, has been driven to discover those of conduct, and to lay the foundations of a new morality."
"I protest that if some great Power would agree to make me always think what is true and do what is right, on condition of being turned into a sort of clock and would up every morning before I got out of bed, I should instantly close with the offer."
"It may be well to remember that the highest level of moral aspiration recorded in history was reached by a few ancient Jews--Micah, Isaiah, and the rest--who took no count whatever of what might not happen to them after death. It is not obvious to me why the same point should not by and by be reached by the Gentiles."
"Tell my son how anxious I am that he may read and learn his Book, that he may become the possessor of those things that a gratefulcountry has bestowed upon his papa--Tell him that his happiness through life depends upon his procuring an education now; and with it, to imbibe proper moral habits that can entitle him to the possession of them."
"There are few things more disturbing than to find, in somebody we detest, a moral quality which seems to us demonstrably superiorto anything we ourselves possess. It augurs not merely an unfairness on the part of creation, but a lack of artistic judgement.... Sainthood is acceptable only in saints."