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JOHN TILLOTSON
English theologian and archbishop of Canterbury
(1630 - 1694)
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It was a smart reply that Augustus made to one that ministered this comfort of the fatality of things: this was so far from giving any ease to his mind, that it was the very thing that troubled him.
      - [Fate]

Malice and hatred are very fretting and vexatious, and apt to make our minds sore and uneasy; but he that can moderate these affections will find ease in his mind.
      - [Malice]

Men sunk in the greatest darkness imaginable retain some sense and awe of the Deity.
      - [God]

No man's body is as strong as his appetites, but Heaven has corrected the boundlessness of his voluptuous desires by stinting his strength and contracting his capacities.
      - [Appetite : Passion]

None so nearly disposed to scoffing at religion as those who have accustomed themselves to swear on trifling occasions.
      - [Profanity]

Now the best way in the world to seem to be anything is really to be what we would seem to be. Besides that it is many times as troublesome to make good the pretence of a good quality as to have it, and if a man have it not it is ten to one but he is discovered to want it, and then all his pains and labor to seem to have it is lost.
      - [Sincerity]

Of all parts of wisdom, the practice is the best. Socrates was esteemed the wisest man of his time because he turned his acquired knowledge into morality, and aimed at goodness more than greatness.
      - [Utility]

Of some calamity we can have no relief but from God alone; and what would men do, in such a case if it were not for God?
      - [Calamities]

Our belief or disbelief of a thing does not alter the nature of the thing.
      - [Opinion]

Piety and virtue are not only delightful for the present, but they leave peace and contentment behind them.
      - [Piety]

Religion in a magistrate strengthens his authority, because it procures veneration, and gains a reputation to it. In all the affairs of this world, so much reputation is in reality so much power.
      - [Religion]

Sincerity is to speak as we think, to do as we pretend and profess, to perform and make good what we promise, and really to be what we would seem and appear to be.
      - [Sincerity]

Some things will not bear much zeal; and the more earnest we are about them, the less we recommend ourselves to the approbation of sober and considerate men.
      - [Zeal]

Surely modesty never hurt any cause; and the confidence of man seems to me to be much like the wrath of man.
      - [Confidence]

Take away God and religion, and men live to no purpose, without proposing any worthy end of life to themselves.
      - [Religion]

The angriest person in a controversy is the one most liable to be in the wrong.
      - [Anger]

The covetous man heaps up riches, not to enjoy them, but to have them; and starves himself in the midst of plenty, and most unnaturally cheats and robs himself of that which is his own; and makes a hard shift, to be as poor and miserable with a great estate, as any man can be without it.
      - [Covetousness]

The gospel chargeth us with piety towards God, and justice and charity to men, and temperance and chastity in reference to ourselves.
      - [Duty]

The little and short sayings of nice And excellent men are of great value, like the dust of gold, or the least sparks of diamonds.
      - [Apothegms]

There are two restraints which God has laid upon human nature, shame and fear; shame is the weaker, and has place only in those in whom there are some reminders of virtue.
      - [Shame]

There is little pleasure in the world that is true and sincere besides the pleasure of doing our duty and doing good. I am sure no other is comparable to this.
      - [Duty]

There is no man that is knowingly wicked but is guilty to himself; and there is no man that carries guilt about him but he receives a sting in his soul.
      - [Remorse]

There is one way whereby we may secure our riches, and make sure friends to ourselves of them,--by laying them out in charity.
      - [Riches]

They who are in highest places, and have the most power, have the least liberty, because they are most observed.
      - [Fame]

Though all afflictions are evils in themselves, yet they are good for us, because they discover to us our disease and tend to our cure.
      - [Affliction]


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