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JOHN TILLOTSON
English theologian and archbishop of Canterbury
(1630 - 1694)
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A good word is an easy obligation, but not to speak ill, requires only our silence, which costs us nothing.
      - [Civility : Courtesy]

A little wit and a great deal of ill-nature will furnish a man for satire; but the greatest instance of wit is to commend well.
      - [Satire]

A more glorious victory cannot be gained over another man than this, that when the injury began on his part, the kindness should begin on ours.
      - [Kindness]

Abstinence is many times very helpful to the end of religion.
      - [Abstinence]

Are we proud and passionate, malicious and revengeful? Is this to be like-minded with Christ, who was meek and lowly?
      - [Christ]

Convulsive anger storms at large; or pale
  And silent, settles into full revenge.
      - [Anger]

Every Christian is endued with a power whereby he is enabled to resist temptations.
      - [Temptation]

Fear is that passion which hath the greatest power over us, and by which God and His laws take the surest hold of us.
      - [Fear]

Great is the advantage of patience.
      - [Patience]

He who is sincere hath the easiest task in the world, for, truth being always consistent with itself, he is put to no trouble about his words and actions; it is like traveling in a plain road, which is sure to bring you to your journey's end better than byways in which many lose themselves.
      - [Sincerity]

He who provides for this life, but takes no care for eternity, is wise for a moment, but a fool forever.
      - [Fools]

How often might a man, after he had jumbled a set of letters in a bag, fling them out upon the ground before they would fall into an exact poem,--yea, or so much as make a good discourse in prose? And may not a little book be as easily made by chance as this great volume of the world?
      - [Creation]

If a man were only to deal in the world for a day, and should never have occasion to converse more with mankind, never more need their good opinion or good word, it were then no great matter (speaking as to the concernments of this world), if a man spent his reputation all at once, and ventured it at one throw; but if he be to continue in the world, and would have the advantage of conversation while he is in it, let him make use of truth and sincerity in all his words and actions; for nothing but this will last and hold out to the end.
      - [Reputation]

If God were not a necessary being of Himself, He might almost seem to be made for the use and benefit of men.
      - [God]

If our souls be immortal, this makes amends for the frailties of life and the sufferings of this state.
      - [Soul]

If people would but provide for eternity with the same solicitude and real care as they do for this life, they could not fail of heaven.
      - [Eternity]

If the show of any thing be good for any thing, I am sure sincerity is better; for why does any man dissemble, or seem to be that which he is not, but because he thinks it good to have such a quality as he pretends to?
      - [Sincerity]

If they be principles evident of themselves, they need nothing to evidence them.
      - [Principles]

Ignorance and inconsideration are the two great causes of the ruin of mankind.
      - [Ignorance]

In all the affairs of this world, so much reputation is in reality so much power.
      - [Reputation]

In matters of great concern, and which must be done, there is no surer argument of a weak mind than irresolution; to be undetermined where the case is so plain, and the necessity so urgent. To be always intending to live a new life, but never to find time to set about it; this is as if a man should put off eating, and drinking, and sleeping, from one day and night to another, till he is starved and destroyed.
      - [Indecision : Irresolution]

Integrity gains strength by use.
      - [Honesty]

Is not he imprudent, who, seeing the tide making haste towards him apace, will sleep till the sea overwhelms him?
      - [Procrastination]

It is hard to personate and act a part long; for where Truth is not the bottom, Nature will always be endeavoring to return, and will peep and betray herself one time or other.
      - [Action]

It is pleasant to be virtuous and good, because that is to excel many others; it is pleasant to grow better, because that is to excel ourselves; it is pleasant to mortify and subdue our lusts, because that is victory; it is pleasant to command our appetites and passions, and to keep them in due order within the bounds of reason and religion, because this is empire.
      - [Goodness]


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