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C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.

Sermon (See Preaching)

I would not have preachers torment their hearers, and detain them with long and tedious preaching.


A divine ought to calculate his sermons as an astrologer does his almanac—to the meridian of the place and people where he lives.


Reasons are the pillars of the fabric of a sermon, but similitudes are the windows which give the best light. The faithful minister avoids such stories whose mention may suggest bad thoughts to the auditors, and will not use a light comparison to make thereof a grave application, for fear lest his poison go further than his antidote.