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Whoever loves, if he do not propose the right true end of love, he's one that goes to sea for nothing but to make him sick.
Wicked is not much worse than indiscreet.
My forces are not enfeebled, I find no decay in my strength; my provisions are not cut off, I find no abhorring in mine appetite; my counsels are not corrupted nor infatuated, I find no false apprehensions to work upon mine understanding; and yet they see that invisibly, and I feel that insensibly, the disease prevails.
- Devotions (X, Meditation) [Appetite]
If we consider eternity, into that time never entered; eternity is not an everlasting flux of time, but time is as a short parenthesis in a long period; and eternity had been the same as it is, though time had never been.
- Devotions (XIV, Meditation) [Eternity]
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friendís or of thine own were: any manís death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.
- Devotions upon Emegent Occasions
[Death : Isolation : Mortality]
Perchance he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that he knows not it tolls for him; and perchance I may think myself so much better than I am, as that they who are about me, and see my state, may have caused it to toll for me, and I know not that. The church is Catholic, universal, so are all her actions; all that she does belongs to all. When she baptizes a child, that action concerns me; for that child is thereby connected to that body which is my head too, and ingrafted into that body whereof I am a member. And when she buries a man, that action concerns me: all mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated; God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice; but Godís hand is in every translation, and his hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again for that library where every book shall lie open to one another.
- Devotions upon Emergent Occasions
(Meditation XVII) [God : Isolation]
He was the word that spake it,
He took the bread and brake it;
And what that word did make it,
I do believe and take it.
- Divine Poems--On the Sacrament,
(Flesher's Edition) [Doctrine]
No spring, nor summer beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one autumnal face;
Young beauties force our love, and that's a rape;
This doth but counsel, yet you cannot scape.
- Elegy IX--The Autumnal [Age : Autumn]
Her by her sight; her pure and eloquent blood
Spoke in her cheeks, and so distinctly wrought
That one might almost say her body thought.
- Funeral Elegies--Of the Progress of the Soul--Death of Mistress Elizabeth Drury
Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those, whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
- Holy Sonnets (no. X) [Death]
One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
And Death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.
- Holy Sonnets (no. X) [Death]
'Twas much, that man was made like God before,
But, that God should be made like man, much more.
- Holy Sonnets (no. XV) [God]
And pictures in our eyes to get
Was all our propagation.
- The Ecstacy [Eyes]
Who are a little wise, the best fools be.
- The Triple Fool [Wisdom]
Be then thine own home, and in thyself dwell;
Inn anywhere; continuance maketh hell.
And seeing the snail, which everywhere doth roam,
Carrying his own home still, still is at home;
Follow--for he is easy paced--this snail,
Be thine own palace, or the world's thy gaol.
- To Sir Henry Wotton [Women]
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