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BISHOP ROBERT SOUTH
English theologian and author
(1634 - 1716)
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Nature itself, after it has done an injury, will ever be suspicious; and no man can love the person he suspects.
      - [Suspicion]

No evangelical precept jostles out that of a lawful self-preservation.
      - [Self-preservation]

No man ever offended his own conscience but first or last it was revenged upon him for it.
      - [Conscience]

No man's religion ever survives his morals.
      - [Religion]

No villainy or flagitious action was ever yet committed but, upon a due inquiry into the cause of it, it will be found that a lie was first or last the principal engine to effect it.
      - [Lying]

No wringing of the hands and knocking the breast, or wishing one's self unborn; all which are but the ceremonies of sorrow, the pomp and ostentation of an effeminate grief, which speak not so much the greatness of the misery as the smallness of the mind.
      - [Sorrow]

Nothing is comparable to the pleasure of an active and prevailing thought,--a thought prevailing over the difficulty and obscurity of the object, and refreshing the soul with new discoveries and images of things; and thereby extending the bounds of apprehension, and as it were enlarging the territories of reason.
      - [Thought]

Novelty is the great parent of pleasure.
      - [Novelty]

Of covetousness we may truly say that it makes both the Alpha and Omega in the devil's alphabet, and that it is the first vice in corrupt nature which moves, and the last which dies.
      - [Covetousness]

Old age seizes upon an ill-spent youth like fire upon a rotten house.
      - [Retribution]

One man pursues power in order to possess wealth, and another pursues wealth in order to possess power; which last is the safer way, and generally followed.
      - [Wealth]

One man, perhaps, proves miserable in the study of law, who might have flourished in that of physic or divinity; another runs his head against the pulpit, who might have been serviceable to his country at the plough; and a third proves a very dull and heavy philosopher, who possibly would have made a good mechanic, and have done well enough at the useful philosophy of the spade or anvil.
      - [Occupations]

Pain is an outcry of sin.
      - [Pain]

Partiality is properly the understanding's judging according to the inclination of the will and affections, and not according to the exact truth of things, or the merits of the cause.
      - [Partiality]

Passion is the drunkenness of the mind.
      - [Passion]

Passion is the infatuation of the mind.
      - [Infatuation]

People young, and raw, and self-natured, think it an easy thing to gain love, and reckon their own friendship a sure price of any man's; but when experience shall have shown them the hardness of most hearts, the hollowness of others, and the baseness and ingratitude of almost all, they will then find that a true friend is the gift of God, and that He only who made hearts can unite them.
      - [Friendship]

Piety enjoins no man to be dull.
      - [Gravity]

Premeditation of thought and brevity of expression are the great ingredients of that reverence that is required to a pious and acceptable prayer.
      - [Prayer]

Pride is of such intimate connection with ingratitude that the actions of ingratitude seem directly resolvable into pride as the principal reason of them.
      - [Pride]

Pride is the common forerunner of a fall. It was the devil's sin, and the devil's ruin; and has been, ever since, the devil's stratagem, who, like an expert wrestler, usually gives a man a lift before he gives him a throw.
      - [Pride]

Reason is not compatible with zeal run mad.
      - [Fanaticism]

Religion intrenches upon some of our privileges, invades none of our pleasures.
      - [Religion]

Repentance hath a purifying power, and every tear is of a cleansing virtue; but these penitential clouds must be still kept dropping: one shower will not suffice; for repentance is not one single action, but a course.
      - [Repentance]

Reproach is a concomitant of greatness.
      - [Greatness]


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