Universalist Quote of the Day #125

“The mere lapse of years is not life.  To eat, and drink, and sleep; to be exposed to darkness and the light; to pace around the mill of habit and turn the wheel of wealth; to make reason our bookeeper, and turn thought into implements of trade–this is not life.  In all this, but a poor fraction of the consciousness of humanity is awakened, and the sanctities still slumber which make it most worth while to be.  Knowledge, truth, love, beauty, goodness, faith alone can give vitality to the mechanism of existence.–The laugh of mirth, which vibrates through the heart; the tears which freshen the dry wastes within; the music, that brings childhood back; the prayer, that calls us near; the doubt, which makes us meditate; the death, which startles us with mystery; the hardship, that forces us to struggle; the anxiety, that ends in trust–these are the true nourishments of our natural being.”

–Anonymous, “The True Life,” The Gospel Teacher and Universalist Miscellany (December 1849): 165

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