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Born: 1939-09-17
Profession: Judge
Nation: American
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It is much easier to modify an opinion if one has not already persuasively declared it.

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Guilt upon the conscience, like rust upon iron, both defiles and consumes it, gnawing and creeping into it, as that does which at last eats out the very heart and substance of the metal.

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Defeat should never be a source of discouragement, but rather a fresh stimulus.

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If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.

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Most of the appearance of mirth in the world is not mirth, it is art. The wounded spirit is not seen, but walks under a disguise.

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Action is the highest perfection and drawing forth of the utmost power, vigor, and activity of man's nature.

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Innocence is like polished armor; it adorns and defends.

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Passion is the drunkenness of the mind.

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Truth will lose its credit, if delivered by a person that has none.

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Wonder is from surprise, and surprise stops with experience.

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It is idleness that creates impossibilities; and where people don't care to do anything, they shelter themselves under a permission that it cannot be done.

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Defeat should never be a source of discouragement but rather a fresh stimulus.

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Abstinence is the great strengthener and clearer of reason.

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Anger is a transient hatred; or at least very like it.

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The mind begins to boggle at unnatural substances as things paradoxical and incomprehensible.

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God expects from men something more than at such times, and that it were much to be wished for the credit of their religion as well as the satisfaction of their conscience that their Easter devotions would in some measure come up to their Easter dress.

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An Aristotle was but the rubbish of an Adam, and Athens but the rudiments of Paradise.

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Folly enlarges men's desires while it lessens their capacities.

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God afflicts with the mind of a father, and kills for no other purpose but that he may raise again.

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Let a man be but in earnest in praying against a temptation as the tempter is in pressing it, and he needs not proceed by a surer measure.

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Loquacity storms the ear, but modesty takes the heart.

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Novelty is the great parent of pleasure.

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Problems can become opportunities when the right people come together.

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Similes prove nothing, but yet greatly lighten and relieve the tedium of argument.

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Speech was given to the ordinary sort or men, whereby to communicate their mind; but to wise men, whereby to conceal it.

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In all worldly things that a man pursues with the greatest eagerness he finds not half the pleasure in the possession that he proposed to himself in the expectation.

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It is the work of fancy to enlarge, but of judgment to shorten and contract; and therefore this must be as far above the other as judgment is a greater and nobler faculty than fancy or imagination.

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The seven wise men of Greece, so famous for their wisdom all the world over, acquired all that fame, each of them, by a single sentence consisting of two or three words.

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Another night I dreamed I heard heavenly music sounding in my ears, and a flock of sheep was gathering round it. When the music ceased, the sheep leaped for joy, and ran together, shaking their heads; and one shook his head almost off, and seemed to have nothing but ears.

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In this manner, I continued with Satan for ten days. His answer and blasphemy were too shocking to pen; till I was worn out with rage and malice against him, I could not bear myself.

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At the end of 1795 and beginning of 1796, I was ordered to write to the Church ministers.

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I am the fool, and must be the sufferer, if it be not of God.

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I was now ordered to have my writings copied, and put into the printer's hand.

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In 1792, my Sister told me, I was growing out of my senses.

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The first is last, and the last is first.

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The next summer, 1794, corn grew dear, and distress began in our land.

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The Spirit of the Lord is with them that fear him.

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What you know not now you will know hereafter.

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Another night, I dreamed I saw my father sweeping out the barn floor clean, and would not suffer the wheat to be brought in the barn. He appeared to me to be in anger.

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I shall now proceed to my own experience, which hath truly convinced me, the Lord is awakened as one out of sleep; and the voice of the Lord will shake terribly the earth.

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I shall omit former particulars, and begin with informing the Reader, that, in 1792, I was strangely visited, by day and night, concerning what was coming upon the whole earth.

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If they can prove that I am wrong by that time, I will give it up to their wisdom, but not after to any one's judgment, till I see the end of another year; for the Lord will begin with a new century; and I will see what he will do, before I will hearken to any man's judgment.

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In 1795, I sent him another letter, telling him, that danger still stood before us, and that the truth of what I had written in 1792 was to be proved by 12 men.

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My faith grew strong, and I sent a letter (as I was ordered) to the Rev. Dignitary of the Cathedral of Exeter. I was assured, before I sent it, he would not answer it.

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New-Year's Day arriving, and the ministers, to whom I wrote, remaining silent, I consider their silence as evidence, that they cannot prove what I said not to be from the Lord, and have therefore published as I was directed.

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The end of all things is at hand; that Satan's kingdom will be destroyed, and Satan chained down for a thousand years, and Christ's kingdom established upon earth.

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