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JOSEPH GLANVILL
English divine and controversial writer
(1636 - 1680)

Did we but compare the miserable scantiness of our capacities with the vast profundity of things, truth and modesty would teach us wary language.
      - [Ignorance]

It is the great beauty of true religion that it shall be universal, and a departure in any instance from universality is a corruption of religion itself.
      - [Religion]

Justice is but the distributing to everything according to the requirements of its nature.
      - [Justice]

Obstinacy in opinions holds the dogmatist in the chains of error, without hope of emancipation.
      - [Obstinacy]

Some pretences daunt and discourage us, while others raise us to a brisk assurance.
      - [Pretension]

The precipitancy of disputation, and the stir and noise of passions that usually attend it, must needs be prejudicial to verity.
      - [Controversy]

The sages of old live again in us, and in opinions there is a metempsychosis.
      - [Opinion]

The understanding also hath its idiosyncrasies as well as other faculties.
      - [Understanding]

The woman in us still prosecutes a deceit like that begun in the garden.
      - [Women]

There is nothing in words and styles out suitableness that makes them acceptable and effective.
      - [Style]

These spiritual joys are dogged by no sad sequels.
      - [Joy]

They that never peeped beyond the common belief in which their easy understandings were at first indoctrinated are strongly assured of the truth of their receptions.
      - [Prejudice]

Time, as a river, hath brought down to us what is more light and superficial, while things more solid and substantial have been immersed.
      - [Time]

We deride all that is pardonable in us from ancient fountains.-Dryden. The sages of old live again in us, and in opinions there is a metempsychosis.
      - [Ancients]

We have a mistaken notion of antiquity, calling that so which in truth is the world's nonage.
      - [Antiquity]


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