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RICHARD BAXTER
English theologian and religious writer
(1615 - 1691)

Christ leads me through no darker rooms
  Than He went through before.
      - [Affliction]

God takes men's hearty desires and will, instead of the deed, where they have not power to fulfill it; but he never took the bare deed instead of the will.
      - [Will]

Hell is paved with infants' skulls.
      - in Hazlitt's "Table Talk" [Hell]

I must confess, as the experience of my own soul, that the expectation of loving my friends in heaven principally kindles my love to them while on earth.
      - [Heaven]

Idleness is a constant sin, and labor is a duty. Idleness is the devil's home for temptation, and for unprofitable, distracting musings; while labor profiteth others and ourselves.
      - [Idleness]

If I were but sure that I should live to see the coming of the Lord, it would be the joyfulest tidings in the world. O that I might see His kingdom come! It is the characteristic of His saints to love His appearing, and to look for that blessed hope. "The Spirit and the bride say, 'Come.' "Even so, come, Lord Jesus."
      - [Advent]

If they can see you love them, you can say anything to them.
      - [Love]

In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity.
      - [Charity]

It is not the reading of many books which is necessary to make a man wise or good, but the well-reading of a few, could he be sure to have the best. And it is not possible to read over many on the same subject without a great deal of loss of precious time.
      - [Reading]

Keep up you conjugal love in constant heat and vigor.
      - [Love]

Overvalue not therefore the manner of your own worship, and overvilify not other men's of a different mode.
      - [Tolerance]

Paganism attributes the creation of the world to blind chance.
      - [Pagan]

Sinners, hear and consider; if you wilfully condemn your souls to bestiality, God will condemn them to perpetual misery.
      - [Intemperance]

The churchyard is the market-place where all things are rated at their true value, and those who are approaching it talk of the world and its vanities with a wisdom unknown before.
      - [Death]

The soul that lives, ascends frequently, and runs familiarly through the streets of the heavenly Jerusalem, visiting the patriarchs and prophets, saluting the apostles, and admiring the army of martyrs. So do thou lead on thy heart and bring it to the palace of the Great King.
      - [Soul]

Though selfishness hath defiled the whole man, yet sensual pleasure is the chief part of its interest, and therefore by the senses it commonly works, and these are the doors and the windows by which iniquity entereth into the soul.
      - [Sensuality]

Use sin as it will use you; spare it not, for it will not spare you; it is your murderer, and the murderer of the whole world. Use it, therefore, as a murderer should be used; kill it before it kills you; and though it brings you to the grave, as it did your head, it shall not be able to keep you there. You love not death; love not the cause of death.
      - [Sin]

You little know what you have done, when you have first broke the bounds of modesty; you have set open the door of your fancy to the devil, so that he can, almost at his pleasure ever after, represent the same sinful pleasure to you anew.
      - [Modesty]

You will cast away your cards and dice when you find the sweetness of youthful learning.
      - [Wisdom]

An aching tooth is better out than in,
  To lose a rotten member is a gain.
      - Hypocrisy [Fear]

Dangers bring fears, and fears more dangers bring.
      - Love Breathing Thanks and Praise [Fear]

I preached as never sure to preach again,
  And as a dying man to dying men.
      - Love Breathing Thanks and Praise
         (pt. 2, st. 29) [Preaching]

An ounce of wit is worth a pound of sorrow.
      - Of Self-Denial [Wit]

Despair of ever being saved, "except thou be born again," or of seeing God "without holiness," or of having part in Christ except thou "love him above father, mother, or thy own life." This kind of despair is one of the first steps to heaven.
      - Saint's Rest (ch. VI) [Despair]

An ounce of mirth is worth a pound of sorrow.
      - Self Denial [Merriment]


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