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Quotes by Tryon Edwards


Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.


Compromise is but the sacrifice of one right or good in the hope of retaining another – too often ending in the loss of both.


What we gave, we have; what we spent, we had; what we left, we lost.


To rejoice in another’s prosperity is to give content to your lot; to mitigate another’s grief is to alleviate or dispel your own.


Age does not depend upon years, but upon temperament and health. Some men are born old, and some never grow up.


Anxiety is the poison of human life; the parent of many sins and of more miseries. In a world where everything is doubtful, and where we may be disappointed, and be blessed in disappointment, why this restless stir and commotion of mind? Can it alter the cause, or unravel the mystery of human events?


Any act often repeated soon forms a habit; and a habit allowed steady gains in strength. At first it may be but as a spider’s web, easily broken through, but if not resisted it soon binds us with chains of steel.


Doctrine is the necessary foundation of duty; if the theory is not correct the practice cannot be right. Tell me what a man believes, and I will tell you what he will do.


Between two evils, choose neither; between two goods, choose both.