Worldly ambition is founded on pride or envy, but emulation, or laudable ambition, is actually founded in humility; for it evidently implies that we have a low opinion of our present attainments, and think it necessary to be advanced.— Joseph Hall
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Good prayers never come creeping home.
I am sure I shall receive either what I ask, or what I should ask.
Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl chain of all virtues.
If the sun of God's countenance shine upon me, I may well be content to be wet with the rain of affliction.
Every day is a little life, and our whole life is but a day repeated.
Therefore live every day as if it would be the last. Those that dare lose a day, are dangerously prodigal; those that dare misspend it are desperate.
Death did not first strike Adam, the first sinful man, nor Cain, the first hypocrite, but Abel, the innocent and righteous. The first soul that met with death, overcame death; the first soul that parted from earth went to heaven. Death argues not displeasure, because he whom God loved best dies first, and the murderer is punished with living.
Seldom was any knowledge given to keep, but to impart;
the grace of this rich jewel is lost in concealment.
Try to be of some use to others.
Christian society is like a bundle of sticks laid together, whereof one kindles another. Solitary men have fewest provocations to evil, but, again, fewest incitations to good. So much as doing good is better than not doing evil will I account Christian good-fellowship better than an hermitish and melancholy solitariness.
Perfection is the child of time.
Fools measure actions, after they are done, by the event;
wise men beforehand, by the rules of reason and right. The former look to the end, to judge of the act. Let me look to the act, and leave the end with God.
A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was.
If religion might be judged of according to men's intentions, there would scarcely be any idolatry in the world.
Gospel ministers should not only be like dials on watches, or mile-stones upon the road, but like clocks and larums, to sound the alarm to sinners. Aaron wore bells as well as pomegranates, and the prophets were commanded to lift up their voice like a trumpet. A sleeping sentinel may be the loss of the city.
There is no enemy can hurt us but by our own hands.
Satan could not hurt us, if our own corruption betrayed us not. Afflictions cannot hurt us without our own impatience. Temptations cannot hurt us, without our own yieldance. Death could not hurt us, without the sting of our own sins. Sins could not hurt us, without our own impenitence.
What I have done is worthy of nothing but silence and forgetfulness, but what God has done for me is worthy of everlasting and thankful memory.
Tranquillity consisteth in a steadiness of the mind;
and how can that vessel that is beaten upon by contrary waves and winds, and tottereth to either part, be said to keep a steady course? Resolution is the only mother of security.
It is of no small commendation to manage a little well.
To live well in abundance is the praise of the estate, not of the person. I will study more how to give a good account of my little, than how to make it more.
Nothing fools people as much as extreme passion.
We must first pray, that God would make us wise; before we can wish, he would make us happy.
Neutrality in things good or evil is both odious and prejudicial;
but in matters of an indifferent nature is safe and commendable. Herein taking of parts maketh sides, and breaketh unity. In an unjust cause of separation, he that favoreth both parts may perhaps have least love of either side, but hath most charity in himself.
Mark in what order: first, our calling;
then, our election; not beginning with our election first. By our calling, arguing our election.
Ambition is torment enough for an enemy;
for it affords as much discontentment in enjoying as in want, making men like poisoned rats, which, when they have tasted of their bane, cannot rest till they drink, and then can much less rest till they die
As the most generous vine, if it is not pruned, runs out into many superfluous stems, and grows at last weak and fruitless; so dote the best man, if he be not cut short of his desires and pruned with afflictions. If it be painful to bleed, it is worse to wither. Let me be pruned, that I may grow, rather than be cut up to burn.
For whom he means to make an often guest, One dish shall serve; and welcome make the rest.
Earthly greatness is a nice thing, and requires so much chariness in the managing, as the contentment of it cannot requite.
There would not be so many open mouths if there were not so many open ears.
Virtues go ever in troops; they go so thick, that sometimes some are hid in the crowd; which yet are, but appear not.
The life of doctrine is in application.
That which the French proverb hath of sickness is true of all evils, that they come on horseback, and go away on foot; we have often seen a sudden fall or one meal's surfeit hath stuck by many to their graves; whereas pleasures come like oxen, slow, and heavily, and go away like post-horses, upon the spur.
I will rather suffer a thousand wrongs than offer one.
I have always found that to strive with a superior is injurious; with an equal, doubtful; with an inferior, sordid and base; with any, full of unquietness.
Heaven hath many tongues to talk of it, more eyes to behold it, but few hearts that rightly affect it.
Recreation is intended to the mind as whetting is to the scythe, to sharpen the edge of it, which otherwise would grow dull and blunt,--as good no scythe as no edge.
It is a shame for the tongue to cast itself upon the uncertain pardon of other's ears
A good man is kinder to his enemy than bad men are to their friends.
Revenge commonly hurts both the offerer and sufferer;
as we see in a foolish bee, which in her anger invenometh the flesh and loseth her sting, and so lives a drone ever after.
He is a very humble man, that thinks not himself better than some others.
Our good purposes foreslowed are become our tormentors upon our deathbed.
Garments that have once one rent in them are subject to be torn on every nail, and glasses that are once cracked are soon broken; such is man's good name once tainted with just reproach.
I have seldom seen much ostentation and much learning met together.
The sun, rising and declining, makes long shadows; at mid day, when he is highest, none at all.
The proud man hath no God; the envious man hath no neighbor; the angry man hath not himself.
He is great enough that is his own master.
Satan would seem to be mannerly and reasonable;
making as if he would be content with one-half of the heart, whereas God challengeth all or none: as, indeed, He hath most reason to claim all that made all. But this is nothing but a crafty fetch of Satan; for he knows that if he have any part, God will have none: so the whole falleth to his share alone.
The idle man is the devil's cushion.
The best ground untilled, soonest runs out into rank weeds.
A man of knowledge that is negligent or uncorrected, cannot but grow wild and godless.
Rich people should consider that they are only trustees for what they posses, and should show their wealth to be more in doing good than merely in having it.
There is many a rich stone laid up in the bowels of the earth, many a fair pearl laid up in the bosom of the sea, that never was seen, nor never shall be.
Sorrows, because they are lingering guests, I will entertain but moderately, knowing that the more they are made of the longer they will continue: and for pleasures, because they stay not, and do but call to drink at my door, I will use them as passengers with slight respect. He is his own best friend that makes the least of both of them.
How easy it is for men to be swollen with admiration of their own strength and glory, and to be lifted up so high as to lose sight both of the ground whence they rose, and the hand that advanced them.
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