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English author and divine
(1608 - 1661)
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Make not thy friends too cheap to thee, nor thyself to thy friend.
      - [Familiarity]

Many hope that the tree will be felled who hope to gather chips by the fall.
      - [Reformation]

Marriage is not, like the hill of Olympus, wholly clear, without clouds.
      - [Wedlock]

Measure not men by Sundays, without regarding what they do all the week after.
      - [Religion]

Memory, like a purse, if it be overfull that it cannot shut, all will drop out of it; take heed of a gluttonous curiosity to feed on many things, lest the greediness of the appetite of thy memory spoil the digestion thereof.
      - [Memory]

Most marvellous and enviable is that fecundity of fancy which can adorn whatever it touches, which can invest naked fact and dry reasoning with unlooked-for beauty, make flowerets bloom even on the brow of the precipice, and, when nothing better can be had, can turn the very substance of rock itself into moss and lichens. This faculty is incomparably the most important for the vivid and attractive exhibition of truth to the minds of men.
      - [Fancy]

Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune.
      - [Music]

Nature hath appointed the twilight as a bridge to pass us out of day into night.
      - [Twilight]

Neither hear nor tell secrets.
      - [Secrecy]

No better armor against the darts of death than to be busied in God's service.
      - [Death]

No man can be stark naught at once. Let us stop the progress of sin in our soul at the first stage, for the farther it goes the faster it will increase.
      - [Sin]

Oh the difference of divers men in the tenderness of their consciences! Some are scarcely touched with a wound while others are wounded with a touch therein.
      - [Conscience]

One month in the school of affliction will teach thee more than the great precepts of Aristotle in seven years; for thou canst never judge rightly of human affairs, unless thou hast first felt the blows, and found out the deceits of fortune.
      - [Adversity]

Our eyes when gazing on sinful objects are out of their calling and God's keeping.
      - [Eyes]

Place not thy amendment only in increasing thy devotion, but in bettering thy life. This is the damning hypocrisy of this age; that it slights all good morality, and spends its zeal in matters of ceremony, and a form of godliness without the power of it.
      - [Religion : Repentance]

Poetry is music in words, and music is poetry in sound: both excellent sauce, but they have lived and died poor, that made them their meat.
      - [Poetry]

Praise not people to their faces, to the end that they may pay thee in the same coin. This is so thin a cobweb that it may with little difficulty be seen through; it is rarely strong enough to catch flies of any considerable magnitude.
      - [Flattery]

Purchase no friends by gifts; when thou ceasest to give such will cease to love.
      - [Friendship]

Rashness is the fruitful but unhappy parent of misfortune.
      - [Rashness]

Reasons are the pillars of the fabric of a sermon, but similitudes are the windows which give the best light.
      - [Reason]

Reward a good servant well; and rather get quit of a bad one than disquiet thyself with him.
      - [Servants]

Satan, as a master, is bad; his work much worse; and his wages worst of all.
      - [Satan]

Scoff not at the natural defects of any which are not in their power to amend. Oh, it is cruel to beat a cripple with his own crutches.
      - [Jeering]

Silence gives consent.
      - [Proverbs]

Slight small injuries, and they'll become none at all.
      - [Injury]

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