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JOHN TILLOTSON
English theologian and archbishop of Canterbury
(1630 - 1694)
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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.
      - [Procrastination]

To be happy is not only to be freed from the pains and diseases of the body, but from anxiety and vexation of spirit; not only to enjoy the pleasures of sense, but peace of conscience and tranquillity of mind.
      - [Happiness]

Truth is always consistent with itself, and needs nothing to help it out. It is always near at hand, and sits upon our lips, and is ready to drop out before we are aware; whereas a lie is troublesome, and sets a man's invention upon the rack; and one trick needs a great many more to make it good.
      - [Truth]

Truth is the shortest and nearest way to our end, carrying us thither in a straight line.
      - [Truth]

Virtue and vice are not arbitrary things; but there is a natural and eternal reason for goodness and virtue, and against vice and wickedness.
      - [Virtue]

Was ever any wicked man free from the stings of a guilty conscience?
      - [Wickedness]

We anticipate our own happiness, and eat out the heart and sweetness of worldly pleasures by delightful forethought of them.
      - [Expectation]

Whatever convenience may be thought to be in falsehood and dissimulation, it is soon over; but the inconvenience of it is perpetual, because it brings a man under everlasting jealousy and suspicion, so that he is not believed when he speaks the truth, nor trusted when perhaps he means honestly.
      - [Falsehood]

When a man has once forfeited the reputation of his integrity, he is set fast, and nothing will then serve his turn, neither truth nor falsehood.
      - [Falsehood]

When men live as if there were no God, it becomes expedient for them that there should be none; and then they endeavor to persuade themselves so.
      - [Atheism]

Whether religion be true or false, it must be necessarily granted to be the only wise principle and safe hypothesis for a man to live and die by.
      - [Religion]

Wickedness is a kind of voluntary frenzy, and a chosen distraction.
      - [Wickedness]

Wisdom and understanding are synonymous words; they consist of two propositions, which are not distinct in sense, but one and the same thing variously expressed.
      - [Wisdom]

With the history of Moses no book in the world, in point of antiquity, can contend.
      - [Bible]

Zeal is fit for wise men, but flourishes chiefly among fools.
      - [Zeal]

The being of God is so comfortable, so convenient, so necessary to the felicity of Mankind, that, (as Tully admirably says) Dii immortales ad usum hominum fabricati pene videantur, if God were not a necessary being of himself, he might almost seem to be made on purpose for the use and benefit of men.
      - Works--Sermon 93 (vol. I, p. 696),
        (ed. 1712), probable origin of Voltaire's phrase
        [God]


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