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THOMAS ADAMS
English clergyman of wit and learning
(fl. 1612 - 1653)

Ahab cast a covetous eye at Naboth's vineyard, David a lustful eye at Bathsheba. The eye is the pulse of the soul; as physicians judge of the heart by the pulse, so we by the eye; a rolling eye, a roving heart. The good eye keeps minute time, and strikes when it should; the lustful, crochet-time, and so puts all out of tune.
      - [Eyes]

Conscience is God's deputy in the soul.
      - [Conscience]

Death is as near to the young as to the old; here is all the difference: death stands behind the young man's back, before the old man's face.
      - [Death]

He who sends the storm steers the vessel.
      - [Providence]

The ambitious climbs up high and perilous stairs, and never cares how to come down; the desire of rising hath swallowed up his fear of a fall.
      - [Ambition]

The covetous man is like a camel with a great hunch on his back; heaven's gate must be made Higher and broader, or he will hardly get in.
      - [Covetousness]

The covetous man pines in plenty, like Tantalus up to the chin in water, and yet thirsty.
      - [Covetousness]

His father was no man's friend but his owne, and he (saith the prouerbe) is no man's for else.
      - Diseases of the Soul (p. 53) [Enemies]


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