Robert Hall (minister)

(Rev. Robert Hall)

Robert Hall (minister)
Robert Hall (minister)
  • Born: May 2, 1764
  • Died: February 21, 1831
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Clergyman

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Between the period of national honor and complete degeneracy there is usually an interval of national vanity, during which examples of virtue are recounted and admired without being imitated. The Romans were never more proud of their ancestors than when they ceased to resemble them. From being the freest and most high-spirited people in the world, they suddenly fell into the tamest and most abject submission. Human Nature
Government is the creature of the people, and that which they have created they surely have a right to examine. Democracies & Republics ;Secrecy & Transparency
It is certain two nations cannot engage in hostilities but one party must be guilty of injustice War & Peace
Nothing in reality renders legitimate governments so insecure as extreme ignorance in the people. It is this which yields them an easy prey to seduction, makes them the victims of prejudices and false alarms, and so ferocious withal that their interference in a time of public commotion is more to be dreaded than the eruption of a volcano. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Some have objected to the instruction of the lower classes from an apprehension that it would lift them above their sphere, make them dissatisfied with their station in life, and, by impairing the habits of subordination, endanger the tranquility of the state; an objection devoid surely of all force and validity. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The extreme profligacy, improvidence, and misery which are so prevalent among the laboring classes in many countries are chiefly to be ascribed to the want of education. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
To fill the minds of the public with hatreds, jealousies, and suspicions is to poison the fountains of public security. Propaganda & Disinformation
Turn a Christian society into an established church and it is no longer a voluntary assembly for the worship of God; it is a powerful corporation full of such sentiments and passions as usually distinguish these bodies: a dread of innovation, an attachment to abuses, a propensity to tyranny and oppression. Religion & God
A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide, and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity. Friendship
Call things by their right names - Glass of brandy and water! That is the current, but not the appropriate name; ask for a glass of liquid fire and distilled damnation.
In matters of conscience, first thoughts are best. In matters of prudence, last thoughts are best.
In the power of fixing the attention lies the most precious of the intellectual habits. Power
Mankind are apt to be strongly prejudiced in favor of whatever is countenanced by antiquity, enforced by authority, and recommended by custom.
Of all the species of literary composition, perhaps biography is the most delightful. The attention concentrated on one individual gives a unity to the materials of which it is composed, which is wanting in general history. History
We are to seek wisdom and understanding only in the length of days. Life
We should be more anxious that our afflictions should benefit us than that they should be speedily removed from us.

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