He that loves not his wife and children feeds a lioness at home, and broods a nest of sorrows.— Jeremy Taylor
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God hath given to man a short time here upon earth, and yet upon this short time eternity depends.
Revenge... is like a rolling stone, which, when a man hath forced up a hill, will return upon him with a greater violence, and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion.
All virtuous women, like tortoises, carry their house on their heads, and their chappel in their heart, and their danger in their eye, and their souls in their hands, and God in all their actions.
It is impossible for that man to despair who remembers that his Helper is omnipotent.
Marriage hath in it less of beauty but more of safety, than the single life;
it hath more care, but less danger, it is more merry, and more sad; it is fuller of sorrows, and fuller of joys; it lies under more burdens, but it is supported by all the strengths of love and charity, and those burdens are delightful.
No man can hinder our private addresses to God;
every man can build a chapel in his breast, himself the priest, his heart the sacrifice, and the earth he treads on, the altar.
A celibate, like the fly in the heart of an apple, dwells in a perpetual sweetness, but sits alone, and is confined and dies in singularity.
By friendship you mean the greatest love, the greatest usefulness, the most open communication, the noblest sufferings, the severest truth, the heartiest counsel, and the greatest union of minds which brave men and women are capable.
A good wife is heaven's last, best gift to man, - his gem of many virtues, his casket of jewels; her voice is sweet music, her smiles his brightest day, her kiss the guardian of his innocence, her arms the pale of his safety.
It is impossible to make people understand their ignorance, for it requires knowledge to perceive it; and, therefore, he that can perceive it hath it not.
Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit;
and our wandering thoughts in prayer are but the neglects of meditation and recessions from that duty; according as we neglect meditation, so are our prayers imperfect, - meditation being the soul of prayer and the intention of our spirit.
Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.
God is pleased with no music below so much as with the thanksgiving songs of relieved widows and supported orphans; of rejoicing, comforted, and thankful persons.
A wise man shall overrule his stars, and have a greater influence upon his own content than all the constellations and planets of the firmament.
Whatsoever we beg of God, let us also work for it.
God is everywhere present by His power.
He rolls the orbs of heaven with His hand; He fixes the earth with His foot; He guides all creatures with His eye, and refreshes them with His influence; He makes the powers of hell to shake with His terrors, and binds the devils with His word.
It is not the eye that sees the beauty of the heaven, nor the ear that hears the sweetness of music or the glad tidings of a prosperous occurrence, but the soul, that perceives all the relishes of sensual and intellectual perfections; and the more noble and excellent the soul is, the greater and more savory are its perceptions.
Curiosity is the direct incontinence of the spirit.
Dive on them and squash them if you must.
Enjoy the blessings of this day, if God sends them;
and the evils of it bear patiently and sweetly: for this day only is ours, we are dead to yesterday, and we are not yet born to the morrow.
Secrecy is the chastity of friendship.
Mistake not. Those pleasures are not pleasures that trouble the quiet and tranquillity of thy life.
From David learn to give thanks for everything.
Every furrow in the book of Psalms is sown with the seeds of thanksgiving.
Conscience in most men, is but the anticipation of the opinions of others.
Friendship is the allay of our sorrows, the ease of our passions, the discharge of our oppressions, the sanctuary to our calamities, the counselor of our doubts, the clarity of our minds.
This grace (purity of intention) is so excellent that it sanctifies the most common actions of our life and yet is so necessary that without it, the very best actions of our devotion are imperfect and vicious.
Nothing is greater or more fearful sacrilege than to prostitute the great name of God to the petulancy of an idle tongue.
Thus Nero went up and down Greece and challenged the fiddlers at their trade.
Æropus, a Macedonian king, made lanterns; Harcatius, the king of Parthia, was a mole-catcher; and Biantes, the Lydian, filed needles.
The private devotions and secret offices of religion are like the refreshing of a garden with the distilling and petty drops of a waterpot; but addressed from the temple, they are like ram from heaven.
In self-examination, take no account of yourself by your thoughts and resolutions in the days of religion and solemnity; examine how it is with you in the days of ordinary conversation and in the circumstances of secular employment.
Impatience turns an ague into a fever, a fever to the plague, fear into despair, anger into rage, loss into madness, and sorrow to amazement.
Know that you are your greatest enemy, but also your greatest friend.
Marriage is divine in its institution, sacred in its union, holy in the mystery, sacramental in its signification, honourable in its appellative, religious in its employments: it is advantage to the societies of men, and it is "holiness to the Lord.
For there is some virtue or other to be exercised, whatever happens.
The best theology is rather a divine life than a divine knowledge.
Curiosity is the direct incontinency of the spirit.
A religion without mystery must be a religion without God.
Adultery itself in its principle is many times nothing but a curious inquisition after, and envy of another man's enclosed pleasures: and there have been many who refused fairer objects that they might ravish an enclosed woman from her retirement and single possessor.
Love is friendship set on fire.
Humility is like a tree, whose root when it sets deepest in the earth rises higher, and spreads fairer and stands surer, and lasts longer, and every step of its descent is like a rib of iron.
Men are apt to prefer a prosperous error to an afflicted truth.
A great fear, when it is ill-managed, is the parent of superstition;
but a discreet and well-guided fear produces religion.
The greatest evils, are from within us; and from ourselves also we must look for the greatest good.
Covetousness teaches people to be cruel and crafty, industrious and evil, full of care and malice; and after all this, it is for no good to itself, for it dares not spend those heaps of treasure which it has snatched.
Ye shall fear every man his mother and his father.
The devil does not tempt people whom he finds suitably employed.
If anger proceeds from a great cause, it turns to fury;
if from a small cause, it is peevishness; and so is always either terrible or ridiculous.
Some friendships are made by nature, some by contract, some by interest, and some by souls.
The bodies of the damned shall be crowded together in hell, like grapes in a wine-press, which press one another till they burst; every distinct sense and organ shall be assailed with its own appropriate and most exquisite sufferings.