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English moralist and miscellaneous writer
(1602? - 1668)
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It is rare to see a rich man religious; for religion preaches restraint, and riches prompt to unlicensed freedom.
      - [Religion]

It is to be doubted whether he will ever find the way to heaven who desires to go thither alone.
      - [Selfishness]

Knowledge is the treasure of the mind, but discretion is the key to it, without which it is useless. The practical part of wisdom is the best.
      - [Wisdom]

Meditation is the soul's perspective glass, whereby, in her long removes, she discerneth God, as if He were near at hand.
      - [Meditation]

Men are like wine,--not good before the lees of clownishness be settled.
      - [Manners]

Negligence is the rust of the soul, that corrodes through all her best resolves.
      - [Negligence]

No man can expect to find a friend without faults; nor can he propose himself to be so to another. Without reciprocal mildness and temperance there can be no continuance of friendship. Every man will have something to do for his friend, and something to bear with in him. The sober man only can do the first; and for the latter, patience is requisite. It is better for a man to depend on himself, than to be annoyed with either a madman or a fool.
      - [Friends]

Perfection is immutable. But for things imperfect change is the way to perfect them. It gets the name of wilfulness when it will not admit of a lawful change to the better. Therefore constancy without knowledge cannot be always good. In things ill it is not virtue, but an absolute vice.
      - [Change]

Pleasures can undo a man at any time, if yielded to.
      - [Pleasure]

Praise has different effects, according to the mind it meets with; it makes a wise man modest, but a fool more arrogant, turning his weak brain giddy.
      - [Praise]

Promises may get friends, but it is performance that must nurse and keep them.
      - [Friends]

Reason and right give the quickest despatch.
      - [Despatch]

Riches, though they may reward virtues, yet they cannot cause them; he is much more noble who deserves a benefit than he who bestows one.
      - [Riches]

Show me the man who would go to heaven alone if he could, and in that man I will show you one who will never be admitted into heaven.
      - [Bigotry]

Some are so uncharitable as to think all women bad, and others are so credulous as to believe they are all good. All will grant her corporeal frame more wonderful and more beautiful than man's. And can we think God would put a worse soul into a better body?
      - [Women]

Surely, if we considered detraction to be bred of envy, nested only in deficient minds, we should find that the applauding of virtue would win us far more honor than the seeking slyly to disparage it. That would show we loved what we commended, while this tells the world we grudge at what we want in ourselves.
      - [Envy]

Take heed of a speedy professing friend; love is never lasting which flames before it burns.
      - [Friends]

That man is but of the lower part of the world that is not brought up to business and affairs.
      - [Industry]

The boundary of man is moderation. When once we pass that pale our guardian angel quits his charge of us.
      - [Moderation]

The irresolute man flecks from one egg to another, so hatches nothing.
      - [Fickleness]

The noblest part of a friend is an honest boldness in the notifying of errors. He that tells me of a fault, aiming at my good, I must think him wise and faithful--wise in spying that which I see not; faithful in a plain admonishment, not tainted with flattery.
      - [Friends]

There is no detraction worse than to overpraise a man, for if his worth proves short of what report doth speak of him, his own actions are ever giving the lie to his honor.
      - [Flattery]

There is no man but for his own interest hath an obligation to be honest. There may be sometimes temptations to be otherwise; but, all cards cast up, he shall find it the greatest ease, the highest profit, the best pleasure, the most safety, and the noblest fame, to hold the horns of this altar, which, in all assays, can in himself protect him.
      - [Honesty]

There is no one subsists by himself alone.
      - [Dependence]

Time is like a ship which never anchors; while I am on board, I had better do those things that may profit me at my landing, than practice such as shall cause my commitment when I come ashore.
      - [Time]

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