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JOHN BUNYAN
English clergyman, writer and author of The Pilgrim's Progress
(1628 - 1688)
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A pearl may in a toad's head dwell,
  And may be found too in an oyster shell.
      - [Proverbs]

An idle man's brain is the devil's workshop.
      - [Idleness]

And so I penned
  It down, until at last it came to be
    For length and breadth the bigness which you see.
      - [Authorship]

Every tub must stand upon its own bottom.
      - [Resolution]

Friend, howsoever thou camest by this book, I will assure thee thou wert least in my thoughts when I writ it.
      - [Authorship]

He that forgets his friend is ungrateful to him; but he that forgets his Saviour is unmerciful to himself.
      - [Ingratitude]

Humility is the light of the understanding.
      - [Understanding]

I come from the Town of Stupidity; it lieth about four degrees beyond the City of Destruction.
      - [Intelligence : Stupidity]

If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a golden slipper on a gouty foot.
      - [Quiet]

If you have sinned, do not lie down without repentance; for the want of repentance after one has sinned makes the heart yet harder and harder.
      - [Repentance]

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
      - [Prayer]

It is impossible for that man to despair who remembers that his Helper is omnipotent.--Jeremy Taylor. Mr. Fearing had, I think, a dough of despond in his mind, a slough that he carried everywhere with him, or else he could never have been as he was.
      - [Despair]

Let dissolution come when it will, it can do the Christian no harm, for it will be but a passage out of a prison into a palace; out of a sea of troubles into a haven of rest; out of a crowd if enemies to an innumerable company of true, loving, and faithful friends; out of shame, reproach, and contempt, into exceeding great and eternal glory.
      - [Death]

Now, as I said, the way to the Celestial City lies just through this Town, where this lusty Fair is kept; and he that will go to the City, and yet not go through this Town, must needs go out of the World.
      - [Necessity]

Old truths are always new to us, if they come with the smell of heaven upon them.
      - [Truth]

Prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan.
      - [Prayer]

Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.
      - [Prayer]

Religion is the best armor in the world, but the worst cloak.
      - [Religion]

Temptations, when we meet them at first, are as the lion that roared upon Samson; but if we overcome them, the next time we see them we shall find a nest of honey within them.
      - [Temptation]

The heart, when broken, is like sweet gums and spices when beaten; for as such cast their fragrant scent into the nostrils of men, so the heart, when broken, casts its sweet smell into the nostrils of God.
      - [Heart]

The more he cast away the more he had.
      - [Generosity]

The Pilgrim they laid in a large upper chamber, whose window opened toward the sun-rising; the name of the chamber was Peace, where he slept till break of day, and then he awoke and sang.
      - [Peace]

The relations of Christians to each other are like the several flowers in a garden that have upon each the dew of heaven, which, being shaken by the wind, they let all the dew at each other's roots, whereby they are jointly nourished, and become nourishers of one another.
      - [Christianity]

The shepherds led the pilgrims to Mount Charity, where they showed them a man that had a bundle of cloth lying before him, out of which he cut coats and garments for the poor that stood about him; yet his bundle or roll of cloth was never the less. Then said they: "What should this be?" "This is," said the shepherds, "to show you that he who has a heart to give of his labor to the poor shall never want wherewithal. 'He that watereth shall be watered himself.' And the cake that the widow gave to the prophet did not cause that she had the less in her barrel."
      - [Charity]

You can do more than pray, after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.
      - [Prayer]


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