None are so empty as those who are full of themselves.— Benjamin Whichcote
The most practical Benjamin Whichcote quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you
Among politicians the esteem of religion is profitable; the principles of it are troublesome.
Truth is not only a man's ornament but his instrument;
it is the great man's glory, and the poor man's stock: a man's truth is his livelihood, his recommendation, his letters of credit.
A benefactor is a representative of God.
The government of man should be the monarchy of reason: it is too often the democracy of passions or the anarchy of humors.
A wise man will not communicate his differing thoughts to unprepared minds, or in a disorderly manner.
Fear is the denomination of the Old Testament; belief is the denomination of the New.
A guilty mind can be eased by nothing but repentance;
by which what was ill done is revoked and morally voided and undone.
It is altogether as worthy of God and as much becoming Him to pardon and show mercy, in case of repentance and submission and reformation, as to punish, in case of impenitency and obstinacy.
All is not done when we have spoken to God by prayer;
our petitions are to be pursued with real endeavours.
Modesty and humility are the sobriety of the mind, as temperance and chastity are of the body.
There is no better way to learn than to teach.
Some things must be good in themselves, else there could be no measure whereby to lay out good and evil.
That power is in vain which is never in use.
Take away the self-conceited, and there will be elbowroom in the world.
We never better enjoy ourselves than when we most enjoy God.
He that is conceited of his Wisdom, is readier to impose Error, than to receive Truth.
Such an explication of Grace as sets men at liberty in morals, makes void the Law through Faith.
Nothing spoils human nature more than false zeal.
The good nature of a heathen is more God-like than the furious zeal of a Christian.
Religion is ... being as much like God as man can be.
Right and truth are greater than any power, and all power is limited by right.
Good men study to spiritualize their bodies; bad men to incarnate their souls.
Either be a true friend or a mere stranger: a true friend will delight to do good--a mere stranger will do no harm.
Those who live not by law would be justified by Custom: but, as common practice is the worst teacher that ever was, so the truth and goodness of things is not to be estimated by the entertainment and acceptance they find in the world.
The judge is nothing but the law speaking.
Ah! when in the immortal ranks enlisted, I sometimes wonder if we shall not find That not by deeds, but by what we've resisted, Our places are assigned.
An ill principle in the mind is worse than the matter of a disease in the body.
Man is a wonder to himself; he can neither govern nor know himself.
If a man will be righteous and equal, let him see, with his neighbour's eyes, in his own case; and with his own eyes, in his neighbour's case.
Those that differ upon Reason, may come together by Reason.
No man doth think others will be better to him than he is to them.
No men stand more in fear of God than those who most deny Him.
No man is greatly jealous who is not in some measure guilty.
What is Perfected hereafter, must be begun here.
A good man's life is all of a piece.
He that does not repent, sins again.
An idol is what man makes and then has to carry. God makes a man and then carries him.
We are made for one another, and each is to be a supply to his neighbor.
Conscience without judgment is superstition.
Repentance doth alter a man's case with God: and therefore repentance should alter the case between one man and another.
The Devil often finds work for them who find none for themselves.
Conscience is ... the God dwelling in us.
It is impossible for a man to be made happy by putting him in a happy place, unless he be first in a happy state.
None are known to be good, till they have opportunity to be bad.
Entrance into Heaven is not at the hour of death, but at the moment of conversion.
None more deceive themselves than they who think their religion is true and genuine, thought it refines not their spirits and reforms not their lives.
Did Christians live according to their Religion, they would do nothing but what Truth, Righteousness, and Goodness do, according to their understanding and ability: and then one man would be a God unto another.
It is hypocrisy for man to make any other use of his religion, or the credit of it, than to sanctify and save his soul.
He that neither knows himself nor thinks he can learn of others is not fit for company.
The more mysterious, the more imperfect;
as darkness is, in comparison with light--so is mystery, in comparison with knowledge.