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BISHOP GILBERT BURNET
Scottish theologian and religious leader
(1643 - 1715)

Let us be adventurers for another world. It is at least a fair and noble chance; and there is nothing in this worth our thoughts or our passions. If we should be disappointed, we are still no worse than the rest of our fellow-mortals; and if we succeed in our expectations we are eternally happy.
      - [Eternity]

That is not the best sermon which makes the hearers go away talking to one another, and praising the speaker, but which makes them go away thoughtful and serious, and hastening to be alone.
      - [Sermon]

There is no lasting pleasure but contemplation; all others grow flat and insipid upon frequent use; and when a man hath run through a set of vanities, in the declension of his age, he knows not what to do with himself, if he cannot think; he saunters about from one dull business to another, to wear out time; and hath no reason to value Life but because he is afraid of death.
      - [Contemplation]

The law of England is the greatest grievance of the nation, very expensive and dilatory.
      - History of His Own Times [Law]

People differ in their discourse and profession about these matters, but men of sense are really but of one religion . . . "What religion?" . . . the Earl said, "Men of sense never tell it."
      - History of his Own Times
         (vol. I, bk. I, sec. 96),
        footnote by Onslow, referring to Earl of Shaftesbury
        [Religion]


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