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ARCHBISHOP ROBERT LEIGHTON
English eminent divine
(1611 - 1684)

Calumny would soon starve and die of itself if nobody took it in and gave it lodging.
      - [Slander]

Faith is an humble, self-denying grace; it makes the Christian nothing in himself, and all in God.
      - [Faith]

God hath many sharp-cutting instruments and rough files for the polishing of His jewels; and those He especially loves and means to make the most resplendent, He hath oftenest His tools upon.
      - [Trials]

God's sweet dews and showers of grace slide off the mountains of pride, and fall on the low valleys of humble hearts, and make them pleasant and fertile.
      - [Humility]

God's way of forgiving is thorough and hearty,--both to forgive and to forget; and if thine be not so, thou hast no portion of His.
      - [Forgiveness]

Good words do more than hard speeches, as the sunbeams without any noise will make the traveler cast off his cloak, which all the blustering winds could not do, but only make him bind it closer to him.
      - [Words]

If thou wouldst find much favor and peace with God and man, be very low in thine own eyes; forgive thyself little, and others much.
      - [Humility]

Many afflictions will not cloud and obstruct peace of mind so much as one sin: therefore, if you would walk cheerfully, be most careful to walk holily. All the winds about the earth make not an earthquake, but only that within.
      - [Sin]

Riches oftentimes, if nobody takes them away, make to themselves wings and fly away; and truly, many a time the undue sparing of them is but letting their wings grow, which makes them ready to fly away; and the contributing a part of them to do good only clips their wings a little and makes them stay the longer with their owner.
      - [Riches]

Sin first is pleasing, then it grows easy, then delightful, then frequent, then habitual, then confirmed; then the man is impenitent, then he is obstinate, then he is resolved never to repent, and then he is ruined.
      - [Sin]

Study to follow His will in all, to have no will but His. This is thy duty and thy wisdom. Nothing is gained by spurning and struggling, but to hurt and vex thyself; but by complying all is gained,--sweet peace.
      - [Will]

Suppose a more complete assemblage of sublunary enjoyments, and a more perfect system of earthly felicity than ever the sun beheld, the mind of man would instantly devour it, and, as if it was still empty and unsatisfied, would require something more.
      - [Covetousness]

The flower that follows the sun does so even in cloudy days.
      - [Flowers]

Were the visage of sin seen at a full light, undressed and unpainted, it were impossible, while it so appeared, that any one soul could be in love with it, but would rather flee from it as hideous and abominable.
      - [Sin]

When we consider how weak, we are in ourselves, yea, the very strongest of us, and how assaulted, we may justly wonder that we can continue one day in the state of grace; but when we look on the strength by which we are guarded, the power of God, then we see the reason of our stability to the end; for omnipotency supports us, and the everlasting arms are under us.
      - [Dependence]

Nobody, I believe, will deny, that we are to form our judgment of the true nature of the human mind, not from sloth and stupidity of the most degenerate and vilest of men, but from the sentiments and fervent desires of the best and wisest of the species.
      - Theological Lectures
         (no. 5, Of the Immorality of the Soul)
        [Mind]


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