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JAMES SHARP
Scottish archbishop
(1618 - 1679)

All solitary enjoyments, quickly fall, or become painful, so that, perhaps, no more insufferable misery can be conceived than that which must follow incommunicable privileges. Only imagine a human being condemned to perpetual youth while all around him decay and die. O, how sincerely would he call upon death for deliverance!
      - [Enjoyment]

I would not cross the street to make a Baptist, but I would go round the world to make a Christian.
      - [Titles]

It is difficulties which give birth to miracles.
      - [Difficulties]

It is in vain to expect any advantage from our profession of the truth, if we be not sincerely just and honest in our actions.
      - [Principles]

It is not every calamity that is a curse, and early adversity is often a blessing. Perhaps Madame de Maintenon would never have mounted a throne had not her cradle been rocked in a prison. Surmounted obstacles not only teach, but hearten us in our future struggles; for virtue must be learnt, though, unfortunately, some of the vices come as it were by inspiration.
      - [Difficulties]

It is vain to expect any advantage from our profession of the truth, if we be not sincerely just and honest in our actions.
      - [Action]

Proverbs are, for the most part, rules of morals, and as such are often effective.
      - [Apothegms]

Satirical writers and speakers are not half so clever as they think themselves, nor as they are thought to be. They do winnow the corn, it is true, but it is to feed upon the chaff. I am sorry to add that they who are always speaking ill of others are also very apt to be doing ill to them. It requires some talent and some generosity to find out talent and generosity in others, though nothing but self-conceit and malice are needed to discover or to imagine faults. It is much easier for an ill-natured man than for a good-natured man to be smart and witty.
      - [Satire]


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