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Tryon Edwards

Birthdate: 7. August 1809
Date of death: 4. January 1894

Tryon Edwards was an American theologian, best known for compiling A Dictionary of Thoughts, a book of quotations. He published the works of Jonathan Edwards in 1842. He also compiled and published the sixteen sermons of his great grandfather, Jonathan Edwards, on 1 Corinthians 13, the "Love Chapter", titling the book "Charity And Its Fruits; Christian love as manifested in the heart and life", which was thought by some to be the most thorough analysis of the text of 1 Corinthians 13 ever written. An original quote of Tryon Edwards is: “Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.” ~ Tryon Edwards

He was minister of the Second Congregational Church in New London, Connecticut, from 1845-1857, after having served in Rochester, New York.

Some representative entries from A Dictionary of Thoughts are:



"Between two evils, choose neither; between two goods, choose both."

"The first step to improvement, whether mental, moral, or religious, is to know ourselves—our weaknesses, errors, deficiencies, and sins, that, by divine grace, we may overcome and turn from them all."

"Science has sometimes been said to be opposed to faith, and inconsistent with it. But all science, in fact, rests on a basis of faith, for it assumes the permanence and uniformity of natural laws – a thing which can never be demonstrated."

"If you would know anything thoroughly, teach it to others."

"Right actions for the future are the best apologies for wrong ones in the past."

"True humility is not an abject, groveling, self-despising spirit ; it is but a right estimate of ourselves as God sees us."

„Preventives of evil are far better than remedies; cheaper and easier of application, and surer in result.“

—  Tryon Edwards

Source: A Dictionary of Thoughts, 1891, p. 442.

„Age does not depend upon years, but upon temperament and health. Some men are born old, and some never grow so.“

—  Tryon Edwards

Source: A Dictionary of Thoughts, 1891, pp. 11–12.

„Hell is truth seen too late — duty neglected in its season.“

—  Tryon Edwards

Source: A Dictionary of Thoughts, 1891, p. 225.

„Facts are God’s arguments : we should be careful never to misunderstand or pervert them.“

—  Tryon Edwards

Source: A Dictionary of Thoughts, 1891, p. 162.

„Contemplation is to knowledge, what digestion is to food – the way to get life out of it.“

—  Tryon Edwards

Source: A Dictionary of Thoughts, 1891, p. 86.

„Have something to say; say it; and stop when you’ve done.“

—  Tryon Edwards

Source: A Dictionary of Thoughts, 1891, p. 51.

„Prejudices are rarely overcome by argument; not being founded in reason they cannot be destroyed by logic.“

—  Tryon Edwards

Source: A Dictionary of Thoughts, 1891, p. 26.

„This world is the land of the dying; the next is the land of the living.“

—  Tryon Edwards

Source: A Dictionary of Thoughts, 1891, p. 103.

„Never be so brief as to become obscure.“

—  Tryon Edwards

Source: A Dictionary of Thoughts, 1891, p. 52.

„Thoroughly to teach another is the best way to learn for yourself.“

—  Tryon Edwards

Source: A Dictionary of Thoughts, 1891, p. 562.

„There is often as much independence in not being led, as in not being driven.“

—  Tryon Edwards

Source: A Dictionary of Thoughts, 1891, p. 253.

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