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Neutrality is dangerous, whereby thou becomest a necessary prey to the conqueror.
No labor is hard, no time is long, wherein the glory of eternity is the mark we level at.
No man's condition is so base as his;
None more accurs'd than he; for man esteems
Him hateful, 'cause he seems not what he is;
God hates him, 'cause he is not what he seems;
What grief is absent, or what mischief can
Be added to the hate of God and man?
O who would trust this world, or prize what's in it,
That gives and takes, and chops and changes, ev'ry minute?
Obedience to truth known, is the king's highway to that which is still beyond us.
Of all the difficulties in a state, the temper of a true government most felicifies and perpetuates it; too sudden alterations distemper it. Had Nero tuned his kingdom as he did his harp, his harmony had been more honorable, and his reign more prosperous.
Of all vices take heed of drunkenness; other vices are but fruits of disordered affections--this disorders, nay, banishes reason; other vices but impair the soul--this demolishes her two chief faculties, the understanding and the will; other vices make their own way--this makes way for all vices; he that is a drunkard is qualified for all vice.
Opinion is a bold bastard.
Other vices make their own way; this makes way for all vices. He that is a drunkard is qualified for all vice.
Pleasures bring effeminacy, and effeminacy foreruns ruin; such conquests, without blood or sweat, sufficiently do revenge themselves upon their intemperate conquerors.
Poor thieves in halters we behold;
And great thieves in their chains of gold.
Prize not thyself by what thou hast, but by what thou art; he that values a jewel by her golden frame, or a book by her silver clasps, or a man by his vast estate, errs; if thou art not worth more than the world can make thee, thy Redeemer had a bad pennyworth, or thou an uncurious Redeemer.
Proportion thy charity to the strength of thy estate, lest God proportion thy estate to the weakness of thy charity; let the lips of the poor be the trumpet of thy gift, lest in seeking applause, thou lose thy reward. Nothing is more pleasing to God than an open hand and a close mouth.-
- [Benevolence : Charity]
Put off thy cares with thy clothes; so shall thy rest strengthen thy labor, and so thy labor sweeten thy rest.
Rather do what is nothing to the purpose than be idle; that the devil may find thee doing. The bird that sits is easily shot, when fliers scape the fowler. Idleness is the Dead Sea that swallows all the virtues, and the self-made sepulchre of a living man.
Reason can discover things only near,--sees nothing that's above her.
Scandal breeds hatred; hatred begets division; division makes faction, and faction brings ruin.
She was--but room forbids to tell thee what--
Sum all perfection up, and she was--that.
- epitaph on Lady Luchyn [Epitaphs]
Sin is a basilisk whose eyes are full of venom. If the eye of thy soul see her first, it reflects her own poison and kills her; if she see thy soul, unseen, or seen too late, with her poison, she kills thee: since therefore thou canst not escape thy sin, let not thy sin escape thy observation.
So use prosperity, that adversity may not abuse thee: if in the one, security admits no fears, in the other, despair will afford no hopes; he that in prosperity can foretell a danger can in adversity foresee deliverance.
Sweet tastes have sour closes; and he repents on thorns that sleeps in beds of roses.
Temper your enjoyments with prudence, lest there be written upon your heart that fearful word "satiety."
That friendship will not continue to the end which is begun for an end.
The birds of the air die to sustain thee; the beasts of the field die to nourish thee; the fishes of the sea die to feed thee. Our stomachs are their common sepulchre. Good God! with how many deaths are our poor lives patched up! how full of death is the life of momentary man!
The fountain of beauty is the heart, and every generous thought illustrates the walls of your chamber.
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