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BISHOP ROBERT SOUTH
English theologian and author
(1634 - 1716)
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He who is truly a good man is more than half way to being a Christian, by whatever name he is called.
      - [Christianity]

He who will fight the devil at his own weapon, must not wonder if he finds him an overmatch.
      - [Evil]

Honor is but the reflection of a man's own actions shining bright in the face of all about him, and from thence rebounding upon himself.
      - [Honor]

Idleness is both a great sin, and the cause of many more.
      - [Idleness]

Idolatry is certainly the first-born of folly, the great and leading paradox; nay, the very abridgment and sum total of all absurdities.
      - [Idolatry]

If anything can legalize revenge, it should be injury from an extremely obliged person; but revenge is so absolutely the peculiar of heaven that no consideration whatever can empower even the best men to assume the execution of it.
      - [Revenge]

If it is a pleasure to be envied and shot at, to be maligned standing and to be despised falling, then it is a pleasure to be great.
      - [Greatness]

If the calumniator bespatters and belies me, I will endeavor to convince him by my life and manners, but not by being like him.
      - [Calumny]

If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.
      - [Generosity]

Ill-nature consists of a proneness to do ill turns, attended with a secret joy upon the sight of any mischief that befalls another.
      - [Ill-nature]

Impatience is a quality sudden, eager and insatiable, which grasps at all, and admits of no delay; scorning to wait God's leisure, and attend humbly and dutifully upon the issues of His wise and just Providence.
      - [Impatience]

In all worldly things that a man pursues with the greatest eagerness and intention of mind imaginable, he finds not half the pleasure in the actual possession of them, as he proposed to himself in the expectation.
      - [Anticipation]

In great families, some one false, paltry, tale-bearer, by carrying stories from one to another, shall inflame the minds and discompose the quiet of the whole family.
      - [Talking]

In the soul, when the supreme faculties move regularly, the inferior passions and faculties following, there arises a serenity infinitely beyond the highest quintessence of worldly delight.
      - [Happiness]

Innocence is like polished armor; it adorns and defends.
      - [Innocence]

It is a noble and a great thing to cover the blemishes and to excuse the failings of a friend; to draw a curtain before his stains, and to display his perfections; to bury his weaknesses in silence, but to proclaim his virtues upon the house-top.
      - [Forbearance]

It is fit and necessary that some persons in the world should be in love with a splendid servitude.
      - [Servitude]

It is not the back, but the heart, that must bleed for sin.
      - [Sin]

It is the work of fancy to enlarge, but of judgment to shorten and contract; and therefore this must be as far above the other as judgment is a greater and nobler faculty than fancy or imagination.
      - [Brevity]

It would be a rarity worth seeing could any one show us such a thing as a perfectly reconciled enemy.
      - [Enemies]

Jeer not others upon any occasion. If they be foolish, God hath denied them understanding; if they be vicious, you ought to pity, not revile them; if deformed, God framed their bodies, and will you scorn His workmanship? Are you wiser than your Creator? If poor, poverty was designed for a motive to charity, not to contempt; you cannot see what riches they have within.
      - [Jeering]

Look over the whole creation, and you shall see that the band, or cement, that holds together all the parts of this great and glorious fabric is gratitude.
      - [Gratitude]

Men are atheistical because they are first vicious, and question the truth of Christianity because they hate the practice.
      - [Atheism]

Modesty is a kind of shame or bashfulness proceeding from the sense a man has of his own defects compared with the perfections of him whom be comes before.
      - [Modesty]

Much reading is like much eating,--wholly useless without digestion.
      - [Reading]


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