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William Mountford (1816 – 1885)


English Unitarian preacher and author.
William Mountford
This earth will be looked back on like a lowly home, and this life of ours be remembered like a short apprenticeship to duty.
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There is no burden of the spirit but is lightened by kneeling under it. Little by little, the bitterest feelings are sweetened by the mention of them in prayer. And agony itself stops swelling, if we can only cry sincerely, " My God, my God!"
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Night by night I will lie down and sleep in the thought of God, and in the thought, too, that my waking may be in the bosom of the Father; and some time it will be, so I trust.




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Where is the subject that does not branch out into infinity? For every grain of sand is a mystery; so is every daisy in summer, and so is every snow-flake in winter. Both upwards and downwards, and all around us, science and speculation pass into mystery at last.
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Yes, what I am to be everlastingly, I am growing to be now now in this present time so little thought of, this time which the sun rises and sets in, and the clock strikes in, and I wake and sleep in.
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The years of old age are stalls in the cathedral of life in which for aged men to sit and listen and meditate and be patient till the service is over, and in which they may get themselves ready to say "Amen" at the last, with all their hearts and souls and strength.
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The second childhood of a saint is the early infancy of a happy immortality, as we believe.
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To understand at all what life means, one must begin with Christian belief. And I think knowledge may be sorrow with a man unless he loves.
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Let a disciple live as Christ lived, and he will easily believe in living again as Christ does.
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At ease in a world in which my Lord was such a sufferer!
William Mountford
All noblest things are religious, not temples and martyrdoms only, but the best books, pictures, poetry, statues, and music.




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A man who is not poor nor ill, nor about to be stoned to death, must not distress himself if he does not feel all through his life what faith Stephen had only in his last moments.
William Mountford
I do not say the mind gets informed by action, bodily action; but it does get earnestness and strength by it, and that nameless something that gives a man the mastership of his faculties.
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It is our souls which are the everlastingness of God's purpose in this earth.
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Ownership in the world I have none, but I have an infinite interest in it; for if not my own it is my God's; and so it is mine in a higher than a legal sense. Yes, this is the beauty, this is the whole sublimity, this is the tender delight of life that it is of God's governing.
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With a mind not diseased, a holy life is a life of hope; and at the end of it, death is a great act of hope.
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Not every hour, nor every day, perhaps, can generous wishes ripen into kind actions; but there is not a moment that cannot be freighted with prayer.
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No martyr ever went the way of duty, and felt the shadow of death upon it. The shadow of death is darkest in the valley, which men walk in easily, and is never felt at all on a steep place, like Calvary. Truth is everlasting, and so is every lover of it; and so he feels himself almost always.
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And so among the ruins of our pride, we grow to be loving children of the Most High.
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Duty reaches down the ages in its effects, and into eternity; and when the man goes about it resolutely, it seems to me now as though his footsteps were echoing beyond the stars, though only heard faintly in the atmosphere of this world.


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