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ROBERT BOYLE
Irish chemist and philosopher
(1626 - 1691)

As rivers, when they overflow, drown those grounds, and ruin those husbandmen, which, whilst they flowed calmly betwixt their banks, they fertilized and enriched; so our passions, when they grow exorbitant and unruly, destroy those virtues, to which they may be very serviceable whilst they keep within their bounds.
      - [Passion]

As the moon, though darkened with spots, gives us a much greater light than the stars that sewn all-luminous, so do the Scriptures afford more light than the brightest human authors. In them the ignorant may learn all requisite knowledge, and the most knowing may learn to discern their ignorance.
      - [Bible]

Darkness, that here surrounds our purblind understanding, will vanish at the dawning of eternal day.
      - [Eternity]

Exalt your passion by directing and settling it upon an object the due con-templation of whose loveliness may cure perfectly all hurts received from mortal beauty.
      - [Beauty]

Female beauties are as fickle in their faces as in their minds; though casualties should spare them, age brings in a necessity of decay.
      - [Beauty]

God may rationally be supposed to have framed so great and admirable an automaton as the world for special ends and purposes.
      - [Creation]

He that condescended so far, and stooped so low, to invite and bring us to heaven, will not refuse us a gracious reception there.
      - [Christ]

I think myself obliged, whatever my private apprehensions may be of the success, to do my duty, and leave events to their Disposer.
      - [Duty]

In an arch each single stone which, if severed from the rest, would be perhaps defenceless is sufficiently secured by the solidity and entireness of the whole fabric, of which it is a part.
      - [Dependence]

In the Bible the ignorant may learn all requisite knowledge, and the most knowing may learn to discern their ignorance.
      - [Bible]

It is not strange to me that persons of the fair sex should like, in all things about them, the handsomeness for which they find themselves most liked.
      - [Taste]

I use the Scriptures, not as an arsenal to be resorted to only for arms and weapons, but as a matchless temple, where I delight to be, to contemplate the beauty, the symmetry, and the magnificence of the structure, and to increase my awe, and excite my devotion to the Deity there preached and adored.
      - Some Consideration Touching the Style of the Holy Scriptures
        [Bible]

He that said it was not good for man to be alone, placed the celibate amongst the inferior states of perfection.
      - Works
         (vol. VI, p. 292, Letter for Mr. Evelyn)
        [Matrimony]


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