Meditation is the soul's perspective glass.

— Owen Feltham

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Every man should study conciseness in speaking;

it is a sign of ignorance not to know that long speeches, though they may please the speaker, are the torture of the hearer.

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He who would be singular in his apparel had need have something superlative to balance that affectation.

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Negligence is the rust of the soul that corrodes through all her best resolves.

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Owen Feltham quote The greatest results in life are usually

The greatest results in life are usually attained by common sense and perseverance.

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The greatest results in life are usually attained by simple means and the exercise of ordinary qualities. These may for the most part be summed up in these two - common sense and perseverance.

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Promises may get friends, but it is performance that must nurse and keep them.

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It is much safer to reconcile an enemy than to conquer him;

victory may deprive him of his poison, but reconciliation of his will.

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There is no belittling worse than to over praise a man.

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By gaming we lose both our time and treasure - two things most precious to the life of man.

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Where there is plenty, charity is a duty, not a courtesy

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Business is the salt of life, which not only gives a grateful smack to it, but dries up those crudities that would offend, preserves from putrefaction and drives off all those blowing flies that would corrupt it.

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Virtue is the truest liberty.

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Truth and fidelity are the pillars of the temple of the world;

when these are broken, the fabric falls, and crushes all to pieces.

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About Owen Feltham

Quotes 75 sayings
Nationality British
Profession Author
Birthday October 16

Works without faith are like a fish without water, it wants the element it should live in. A building without a basis cannot stand; faith is the foundation, and every good action is as a stone laid.

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Praise has different effects, according to the mind it meets with;

it makes a wise man modest, but a fool more arrogant, turning his weak brain giddy.

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When two friends part they should lock up one another's secrets, and interchange their keys.

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Fear, if it be not immoderate, puts a guard about us that does watch and defend us; but credulity keeps us naked, and lays us open to all the sly assaults of ill-intending men: it was a virtue when man was in his innocence; but since his fall, it abuses those that own it.

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I love the man that is modestly valiant;

that stirs not till he most needs, and then to purpose. A continued patience I commend not.

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The boundary of man is moderation. When once we pass that pale our guardian angel quits his charge of us.

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He that despairs degrades the Deity, and seems to intimate that He is insufficient, or not just to His word; and in vain hath read the scriptures, the world, and man.

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The greatest results in life are usually attained by common sense and perseverance.

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If ever I should affect injustice, it would be in this, that I might do courtesies and receive none.

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It is rare to see a rich man religious;

for religion preaches restraint, and riches prompt to unlicensed freedom.

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The noblest part of a friend is an honest boldness in the notifying of errors.

He that tells me of a fault, aiming at my good, I must think him wise and faithful--wise in spying that which I see not; faithful in a plain admonishment, not tainted with flattery.

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Take heed of a speedy professing friend; love is never lasting which flames before it burns.

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Perfection is immutable. But for things imperfect, change is the way to perfect them.

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Zeal without humanity is like a ship without a rudder, liable to be stranded at any moment

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We pick our own sorrows out of the joys of other men, and from their sorrows likewise we derive our joys.

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It is to be doubted whether he will ever find the way to heaven who desires to go thither alone.

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A sentence well couched takes both the sense and understanding.

I love not those cart-rope speeches that are longer than the memory of man can fathom.

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For converse among men, beautiful persons have less need of the mind's commending qualities. Beauty in itself is such a silent orator, that it is ever pleading for respect and liking, and by the eyes of others is ever sending, to their hearts for love.

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Any man shall speak the better when he knows what others have said, and sometimes the consciousness of his inward knowledge gives a confidence to his outward behavior, which of all other is the best thing to grace a man in his carriage.

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Discontents are sometimes the better part of our life.

I know not well which is the most useful; joy I may choose for pleasure, but adversities are the best for profit; and sometimes those do so far help me, as I should, without them, want much of the joy I have.

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Show me the man who would go to heaven alone if he could, and in that man I will show you one who will never be admitted into heaven.

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Discontent is like ink poured into water, which fills the whole fountain full of blackness.

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Some are so uncharitable as to think all women bad, and others are so credulous as to believe they are all good. All will grant her corporeal frame more wonderful and more beautiful than man's. And can we think God would put a worse soul into a better body?

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Human life has not a surer friend, nor oftentimes a greater enemy, than hope.

It is the miserable man's god, which in the hardest gripe of calamity never fails to yield to him beams of comfort. It is the presumptuous man's devil, which leads him a while in a smooth way, and then suddenly breaks his neck.

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How many would die did not hope sustain them.

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There is no detraction worse than to overpraise a man, for if his worth proves short of what report doth speak of him, his own actions are ever giving the lie to his honor.

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Shall I speak truly what I now see below? The World is all a carkass, smoak and vanity, The shadow of a shadow, a play And in one word, just Nothing.

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Surely, if we considered detraction to be bred of envy, nested only in deficient minds, we should find that the applauding of virtue would win us far more honor than the seeking slyly to disparage it. That would show we loved what we commended, while this tells the world we grudge at what we want in ourselves.

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All men will be Peters in their bragging tongue, and most men will be Peters in their base denial; but few men will be Peters in their quick repentance.

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In business, three things are necessary: knowledge, temper, and time.

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Virtue dwells at the head of a river, to which we cannot get but by rowing against the stream.

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Hope is to a man as a bladder to a learning swimmer--it keeps him from sinking in the bosom of the waves, and by that help he may attain the exercise; but yet it many times makes him venture beyond his height, and then if that breaks, or a storm rises, he drowns without recovery. How many would die, did not hope sustain them! How many have died by hoping too much! This wonder we find in Hope, that she is both a flatterer and a true friend.

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Irresolution is a worse vice than rashness.

He that shoots best may sometimes miss the mark; but he that shoots not at all can never hit it. Irresolution loosens all the joints of a state; like an ague, it shakes not this nor that limb, but all the body is at once in a fit. The irresolute man is lifted from one place to another; so hatcheth nothing, but addles all his actions.

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He that, when he should not, spends too much, shall, when he would not, have too little to spend.

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No man can expect to find a friend without faults;

nor can he propose himself to be so to another. Without reciprocal mildness and temperance there can be no continuance of friendship. Every man will have something to do for his friend, and something to bear with in him. The sober man only can do the first; and for the latter, patience is requisite. It is better for a man to depend on himself, than to be annoyed with either a madman or a fool.

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To trust God when we have securities in our iron chest is easy, but not thankworthy; but to depend on him for what we cannot see, as it is more hard for man to do, so it is more acceptable to God.

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Reason and right give the quickest despatch.

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