If thou desire the love of God and man, be humble, for the proud heart, as it loves none but itself, is beloved of none but itself. Humility enforces where neither virtue, nor strength, nor reason can prevail.— Francis Quarles
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The average person's ear weighs what you are, not what you were.
The heart is a small thing, but desireth great matters.
It is not sufficient for a kite's dinner, yet the whole world is not sufficient for it.
Luxury is an enticing pleasure, a bastard mirth, which hath honey in her mouth, gall in her heart, and a sting in her tail.
Reason can discover things only near,--sees nothing that's above her.
Read not books alone, but men, and amongst them chiefly thyself.
Be as far from desiring the popular love as fearful to deserve the popular hate;
ruin dwells in both: the one will hug thee to death; the other will crush thee to destruction: to escape the first, be not ambitious; to avoid the second, be not seditious.
If thou wouldst preserve a sound body, use fasting and walking;
if a healthful soul, fasting and praying. Walking exercises the body; praying exercises the soul; fasting cleanses both.
Beware of him that is slow to anger; for when it is long coming, it is the stronger when it comes, and the longer kept. Abused patience turns to fury.
Heaven finds an ear when sinners find a tongue.
O lust, thou infernal fire, whose fuel is gluttony;
whose flame is pride, whose sparkles are wanton words; whose smoke is infamy; whose ashes are uncleanness; whose end is hell.
Read not books alone, but men, and amongst them chiefly thyself.
If thou find anything questionable there, use the commentary of a severe friend, rather than the gloss of a sweet-lipped flatterer there is more profit in a distasteful truth than in deceitful sweetness.
That friendship will not continue to the end which is begun for an end.
The fountain of beauty is the heart and every generous thought illustrates the walls of your chamber.
Has fortune dealt you some bad cards. Then let wisdom make you a good gamester.
Flatter not thyself in thy faith in God if thou hast not charity for thy neighbor.
Mercy turns her back to the unmerciful.
See, here's a shadow found; the human nature Is made th' umbrella to the Deity, To catch the sunbeams of thy just Creator; Beneath this covert thou may'st safely lie.
I wish thee as much pleasure in the reading, as I had in the writing.
Wickedness is its own punishment.
Obedience to truth known, is the king's highway to that which is still beyond us.
The road to perseverance lies by doubt.
Neutrality is dangerous, whereby thou becomest a necessary prey to the conqueror.
Let the fear of a danger be a spur to prevent it; he that fears not, gives advantage to the danger.
Necessity of action takes away the fear of the act, and makes bold resolution the favorite of fortune.
Humility enforces where neither virtue nor strength can prevail, nor reason.
Fear nothing but what thy industry may prevent;
be confident of nothing but what fortune cannot defeat; it is no less folly to fear what is impossible to be avoided than to be secure when there is a possibility to be deprived.
Hath any wounded thee with injuries? Meet them with patience.
Hasty words rankle the wound; soft language dresses it.
He that gives all, though but little, gives much;
because God looks not to the quantity of the gift, but to the quality of the givers.
He that hath no cross deserves no crown.
Scandal breeds hatred; hatred begets division; division makes faction, and faction brings ruin.
Let the ground of all thy religious actions be obedience;
examine not why it is commanded, but observe it because it is commanded. True obedience neither procrastinates nor questions.
Lust is a sharp spur to vice, which always putteth the affections into a false gallop.
If God send thee a cross, take it up willingly and follow him.
Use it wisely, lest it be unprofitable. Bear it patiently, lest it be intolerable. If it be light, slight it not. If it be heavy, murmur not. After the cross is the crown.
Lust is an immoderate wantonness of the flesh, a sweet poison, a cruel pestilence; a pernicious poison, which weakeneth the body of man, and effeminateth the strength of the heroic mind.
Be very vigilant over thy child in the April of his understanding, lest the frost of May nip his blossoms. While he is a tender twig, straighten him; whilst he is a new vessel, season him; such as thou makest him, such commonly shall thou find him. Let his first lesson be obedience and his second shall be what thou wilt.
Tis not, to cry God mercy, or to sit And droop, or to confess that thou hast fail'd: 'Tis to bewail the sins thou didst commit: And not commit those sins thou hast bewail' d. He that bewails and not forsakes them too; Confesses rather what he means to do.
If thou desire to be held wise, be so wise as to hold thy tongue.
Thy pride is but the prologue of thy shame;
where vain-glory commands, there folly counsels; where pride rides, there shame lackeys.
Anger may repast with thee for an hour, but not repose for a night;
the continuance of anger is hatred, the continuance of hatred turns malice.
If thou neglectest thy love to thy neighbor, in vain thou professest thy love to God; for by thy love to God, the love to thy neighbor is begotten, and by the love to thy neighbor thy love to God is nourished.
If opinion hath lighted the lamp of thy name, endeavor to encourage it with thy own oil, lest it go out and stink; the chronical disease of Popularity is shame; if thou be once up, beware; from fame to infamy is a beaten road.
Temper your enjoyments with prudence, lest there be written on your heart that fearful word satiety.
Physicians, of all men, are most happy;
whatever good success soever they have, the world proclaimeth; and what faults they commit, the earth covereth.
Even as the needle that directs the hour, (Touched with the loadstone) by the secret power Of hidden Nature, points upon the pole; Even so the wavering powers of my soul, Touch'd by the virtue of Thy spirit, flee From what is earth, and point alone to Thee.
Is not this lily pure? What fuller can procure A white so perfect, spotless clear As in this flower doth appear?
Let the fear of a danger be a spur to prevent it.
The goods we spend we keep; and what we save We lose; and only what we lose we have.
Of all vices take heed of drunkenness;
other vices are but fruits of disordered affections--this disorders, nay, banishes reason; other vices but impair the soul--this demolishes her two chief faculties, the understanding and the will; other vices make their own way--this makes way for all vices; he that is a drunkard is qualified for all vice.
So use prosperity, that adversity may not abuse thee: if in the one, security admits no fears, in the other, despair will afford no hopes; he that in prosperity can foretell a danger can in adversity foresee deliverance.