Middle age is youth without levity, and age without decay.

— Daniel Defoe

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It is never too late to be wise.

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Fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself.

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For I cannot think that GOD Almighty ever made them [women] so delicate, so glorious creatures; and furnished them with such charms, so agreeable and so delightful to mankind; with souls capable of the same accomplishments with men: and all, to be only Stewards of our Houses, Cooks, and Slaves.

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The best of men cannot suspend their fate; The good die early, and the bad die late.

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Today we love what tomorrow we hate, today we seek what tomorrow we shun, today we desire what tomorrow we fear, nay, even tremble at the apprehensions of.

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The height of human wisdom is to bring our tempers down to our circumstances, and to make a calm within, under the weight of the greatest storm without.

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Expect nothing and you'll always be surprised

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A rich man is an honest man--no thanks to him;

for he would be a double knave, to cheat mankind when he had no need of it: he has no occasion to press upon his integrity, nor so much as to touch upon the borders of dishonesty.

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Wherever God erects a house of prayer the Devil always builds a chapel there;

And 't will be found, upon examination, the latter has the largest congregation.

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Vice came in always at the door of necessity, not at the door of inclination.

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She is always married too soon, who gets a bad husband, and she is never married too late, who gets a good one.

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Though I don't like the crew, I won't sink the ship.

In fact, in time of storm I'll do my best to save it. You see, we are all in this craft and must sink or swim together.

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About Daniel Defoe

Quotes 83 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Journalist
Birthday October 16

Friends are good,--good, if well chosen.

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'Tis no sin to cheat the devil.

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Not the man in the moon, not the groaning-board, not the speaking of friar Bacon's brazen- head, not the inspiration of mother Shipton, or the miracles of Dr. Faustus, things as certain as death and taxes, can be more firmly believed.

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Self-destruction is the effect of cowardice in the highest extreme.

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Tis very strange men should be so fond of being wickeder than they are.

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As covetousness is the root of all evil, so poverty is the worst of all snares.

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It happen'd one Day about Noon going towards my Boat, I was exceedingly surpriz'd with the Print of a Man's naked Foot on the Shore.

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And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.

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And I add this part here, to hint to whoever shall read it, that whenever they come to a true Sense of things, they will find Deliverance from Sin a much greater Blessing than Deliverance from Affliction.

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All men would be tyrants if they could.

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In trouble to be troubled, Is to have your trouble doubled.

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I have often thought of it as one of the most barbarous customs in the world, considering us as a civilized and a Christian country, that we deny the advantages of learning to women.

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Pleasure is a thief to business.

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Why then should women be denied the benefits of instruction? If knowledge and understanding had been useless additions to the sex, God almighty would never have given them capacities.

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In the course of our lives, the evil which in itself we seek most to shun, and which, when we are fallen into, is the most dreadful to us, is oftentimes the very means or door of our deliverance, by which alone we can be raised again from the affliction we are fallen into.

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We are very fond of some families because they can be traced beyond the Conquest, whereas indeed the farther back, the worse, as being the nearer allied to a race of robbers and thieves.

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The Dutch must be understood as they really are, the Middle Persons in Trade, the Factors and Brokers of Europe... they buy to sell again, take in to send out again, and the greatest Part of their vast Commerce consists in being supply'd from All Parts of the World, that they may supply All th World Again.

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Justice is always violent to the party offending, for every man is innocent in his own eyes.

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Avery fine city; the four principal streets are the fairest for breadth, and the finest built that I have ever seen in one city together? In a word,'tis the cleanest and beautifullest, and best built city in Britain, London excepted.

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Things as certain as death and taxes, can be more firmly believed.

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Wit is the Fruitful Womb where Thoughts conceive.

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Pride the first peer and president of hell.

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In trouble to be troubled, Is to have your trouble doubled! [People who get upset and worried at the first sign of misfortune are only making their situation worse and thereby doubling their troubles. Stay calm and happy. Cool and joyful heads are more likely to survive and prevail.]

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Call upon me in the Day of Trouble, and I will deliver, and thou shalt glorify me...Wait on the Lord, and be of good Cheer, and he shall strengthen thy Heart; wait, I say, on the Lord:' It is impossible to express the Comfort this gave me. In Answer, I thankfully laid down the Book, and was no more sad, at least, not on that Occasion.

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Great families of yesterday we show, And lords, whose parents were the Lord knows who.

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Law is but a heathen word for power.

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How strange a checker-work of Providence is the life of man!

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These reflections made me very sensible of the goodness of Providence to me, and very thankful for my present condition, with all its hardships and misfortunes ; and this part also I cannot but recommend to the reflection of those who are apt, in their misery, to say, Is any affliction like mine? Let them consider how much worse the cases of some people are, and their case might have been, if Providence had thought fit.

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Actions receive their tincture from the times, And as they change are virtues made or crimes

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Abused prosperity is oftentimes made the very means of our greatest adversity.

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I am giving an account of what was, not of what ought or ought not to be.

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Thus we never see the true state of our condition till it is illustrated to us by its contraries, nor know how to value what we enjoy, but by the want of it.

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He look'd a little disorder'd, when he said this, but I did not apprehend any thing from it at that time, believing as it us'd to be said, that they who do those things never talk of them; or that they who talk of such things never do them.

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All evils are to be considered with the good that is in them, and with what worse attends them.

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And which I take notice of here, to put those discontented people in mind of it, who cannot enjoy comfortably what God has given them, because they see and covet something that he has not given them. All our discontents about what we want appeared to me to spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have.

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In their religion they are so uneven, That each man goes his own byway to heaven.

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Now, said I aloud, My dear Father's Words are come to pass: God's Justice has overtaken me, and I have none to help or hear me: I rejected the Voice of Providence.

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