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JOSEPH HALL
English bishop, moral philosopher, satirist and miscellaneous writer
(1574 - 1656)
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There is no word or action but may be taken with two hands,--either with the right hand of charitable construction, or the sinister interpretation of malice and suspicion; and all things do succeed as they are taken. To construe an evil, action well is but a pleasing and profitable deceit to myself; but to misconstrue a good thing is a treble wrong,--to myself, the action, and the author.
      - [Action]

There would not be so many open mouths if there were not so many open ears.
      - [Slander]

These who give not till they die show that they would not then if they could keep it any longer.
      - [Covetousness]

This field is so spacious that it were easy for a man to lose himself in it; and if I should spend all my pilgrimage in this walk, my time would sooner end than my way.
      - [Quotations]

Those that dare lose a day are dangerously prodigal; those that dare misspend it, desperate.
      - [Time]

Those who give not till they die show that they would not then if they could keep it any longer.
      - [Covetousness]

Tranquillity consisteth in a steadiness of the mind; and how can that vessel that is beaten upon by contrary waves and winds, and tottereth to either part, be said to keep a steady course? Resolution is the only mother of security.
      - [Quiet]

Try to be of some use to others.
      - [Benevolence]

Virtues go ever in troops; they go so thick, that sometimes some are hid in the crowd; which yet are, but appear not.
      - [Virtue]

We are often infinitely mistaken, and take the falsest measures, when we envy the happiness of rich and great men; we know not the inward canker that eats out all their joy and delight, and makes them really much more miserable than ourselves.
      - [Envy]

What I have done is worthy of nothing but silence and forgetfulness, but what God has done for me is worthy of everlasting and thankful memory.
      - [Gratitude]

Words are as they are taken, and things are as they are used. There are even cursed blessings.
      - [Blessings]

Worldly ambition is founded on pride or envy, but emulation, or laudable ambition, is actually founded in humility; for it evidently implies that we have a low opinion of our present attainments, and think it necessary to be advanced.
      - [Emulation]

For whom he means to make an often guest,
  One dish shall serve; and welcome make the rest.
      - Come Dine with Me [Guests]

There is many a rich stone laid up in the bowells of the earth, many a fair pearle in the bosome of the sea, that never was seene nor never shall bee.
      - Contemplations--Veil of Moses
         (I, VI, p. 872) [Ocean]

Death borders upon our birth; and our cradle stands in our grave.
      - Epistles (decade III, ep. II) [Death]

Fond fool! six feet shall serve for all thy store,
  And he that cares for most shall find no more.
      - Satires (no. III, second series) [Graves]


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