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English ecclesiastic and controversialist
(1662 - 1732)
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A good character when established should not be rested in as an end, but only employed as a means of doing still further good.
      - [Character]

A good man not only forbears those gratifications which are forbidden by reason and religion, but even restrains himself in unforbidden instances.
      - [Sacrifice]

A just and wise magistrate is a blessing as extensive as the community to which he belongs; a blessing which includes all other blessings whatsoever that relate to this life.
      - [Magistrates]

A sturdy, hardened sinner shall advance to the utmost pitch of impiety, with less reluctance than he took the first step while his conscience was yet vigilant and tender.
      - [Sin]

A very prosperous people, flushed with great victories and successes, are seldom so pious, so humble, so just, or so provident as to perpetuate their happiness.
      - [States]

Affliction is a school of virtue; it corrects levity, and interrupts the confidence of sinning.
      - [Affliction]

Even the wisdom of God hath not suggested more pressing motives, more powerful incentives to charity, than these, that we shall be judged by it at the last dreadful day.
      - [Charity]

Few consider how much we are indebted to government, because few can represent how wretched mankind would be without it.
      - [Government]

From mere success nothing can be concluded in favor of any nation upon whom it is bestowed.
      - [Success]

He had such a gentle method of reproving their faults that they were not so much afraid as ashamed to repeat them.
      - [Reproof]

He who performs his duty in a station of great power must needs incur the utter enmity of many, and the high displeasure of more.
      - [Office]

Hospitality sometimes degenerates into profuseness, and ends in madness and folly.
      - [Hospitality]

If God be infinitely holy, just, and good, He must take delight in those creatures that resemble Him most in these perfections.
      - [God]

It is impossible to have a lively hope in another life, and yet be deeply immersed in the enjoyments of this.
      - [Heaven]

It is little the sign of a wise or good man, to suffer temperance to be transgressed in order to purchase the repute of a generous entertainer.
      - [Intemperance]

It is the duty of every one to strive to gain and deserve a good reputation.
      - [Reputation]

Luther deters me from solitariness; but he does not mean from a sober solitude that rallies our scattered strengths and prepares us against any new encounter from without.
      - [Solitude]

Nothing can be reckoned good or bad to us in this life, any further than it indisposes us for the enjoyment of another.
      - [Future]

Shall we repine at a little misplaced charity--we who could no way foresee the effect--when an all-knowing, all-wise Being showers down every day His benefits on the unthankful and undeserving?
      - [Alms : Charity]

The greater absurdities are, the more strongly they evince the falsity of that supposition from whence they flow.
      - [Absurdity]

The priesthood hath in all nations, and all religions, been held highly venerable.
      - [Ministers]

The smallest act of charity shall stand us in great stead.
      - [Charity]

The temptations of prosperity insinuate themselves after a gentle, but very powerful manner; so that we are but little aware of them and less able to withstand them.
      - [Prosperity]

The things of another world being distant, operate but faintly upon us: to remedy this inconvenience, we must frequently revolve their certainty and importance.
      - [Future]

There is a variety in tempers of good men.
      - [Variety]

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