"To be asleep avails no one"; "Sloth takes away a man's welfare."
But as Paul wrote: ` Even if I give my body up to be burned and have not charity, it avails me naught.'
Jerome, like Gregory, insists on the point that residence in Jerusalem has in itself no religious value: it is not locality, but character, that avails, and the gates of Heaven are as open in Britain as in Jerusalem (Ep. 58, 3).
Just as whatsoever stars there be, their radiance avails not the sixteenth part of the radiance of the moon.
Confesses, in his correspondence with Azurara, that the sword avails nothing without the pen.
In answering this question, Hutcheson avails himself of the scholastic distinction between " material " and " formal " goodness.
What avails it that you are Christian, if you are not purer than the heathen, if you deny yourself no more, if you are not more religious?
Thus his famous general formula for virtue, that it is a mean or middle state, always to be found somewhere between the vices which stand to it in the relation of excess and defect, scarcely avails to render his treatment more systematic.