Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
Professors: Too Often Deceptive
'In the sweet valley between Chamouni and the Valais, at every turn of the pleasant pathway, where the scent of the thyme lies richest upon its rocks, we shall see a little cross and shrine set under one of them, and go up to it, hoping to receive some happy thought of the Redeemer, by whom all these lovely things were made, and still consist. But when we come near, behold, beneath the cross a rude picture of souls tormented in red tongues of hell fire, and pierced by demons.'Ruskin.
Too often the house of a fair professor turns out to be much the same; the beauty at a distance changes into hideous deformity when near. Oh, to be found, when closest watched, better than observers would at first sight have conceived us to be!
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Professors: Too Often Deceptive'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/p/professors-too-often-deceptive.html. 1870.