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English theologian and author
(1634 - 1716)
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Defeat should never be a source of discouragement but rather a fresh stimulus.
      - [Defeat]

Even when there is a real stock of wit, yet the wittiest sayings and sentences will be found in a great measure the issue of chance, and nothing else but so many lucky hits of a roving fancy.
      - [Wit]

Every man living shall assuredly meet with an hour of temptation, a certain critical hour, which shall more especially try what mettle his heart is made of.
      - [Temptation]

Every morsel to a satisfied hunger is only a new labor to a tired digestion.
      - [Excess]

Every single gross act of sin is much the same thing to the conscience that a great blow or fall is to the head; it stuns and bereaves it of all use of its senses for a time.
      - [Sin]

Excess is not the only thing which breaks men in their health, and in the comfortable enjoyment of themselves; but many are brought into a very ill and languishing habit of body by mere sloth; and sloth is in itself both a great sin, and the cause of many more.
      - [Sloth]

Faith must be not only living, but lively, too; it must be brightened and stirred up by a particular exercise of those virtues specifically requisite to a due performance of duty.
      - [Faith]

Flatterers are the bosom enemies of princes.
      - [Flattery]

Flints may be melted--we see it daily--but an ungrateful heart cannot; no, not by the strongest and the noblest flame.
      - [Ingratitude]

For the external expressions and vent of sorrow, we know that there is a certain pleasure in weeping; it is the discharge of a big and swelling grief, of a full and strangling discontent; and therefore he that never had such a burden upon his heart as to give him opportunity thus to ease it has one pleasure in this world yet to come.
      - [Sorrow]

Friendship consists properly in mutual offices, and a generous strife in alternate acts of kindness.
      - [Friendship]

From the beginning of the world to this day there was never any great villainy acted by men, but it was in the strength of some great fallacy put upon their minds by a false representation of evil for good or good for evil.
      - [Self-deceit]

Give any one fortune, and he shall be thought a wise man.
      - [Success]

God afflicts with the mind of a father, and kills for no other purpose but that he may raise again.
      - [Affliction]

God may, by almighty grace, hinder the absolute completion of sin in final obduracy.
      - [Obduracy]

God's power never produces what His goodness cannot embrace.
      - [God]

Government is an art above the attainment of an ordinary genius.
      - [Government]

He is a treacherous supplanter and underminer of the peace of all families and societies. This being a maxim of an unfailing truth, that nobody ever pries into another man's concerns but with a design to do, or to be able to do him a mischief.
      - [Busybodies]

He that despairs measures Providence by his own little contracted model.
      - [Despair]

He that is a good man is three-quarters of his way towards the being a good Christian, wheresoever he lives, or whatsoever he is called.
      - [Goodness]

He that prolongs his meals, and sacrifices his time as well as his other conveniences, to his luxury, how quickly does he outset his pleasure!
      - [Gluttony]

He that tears away a man's good name tears his flesh from his bones, and, by letting him live, gives him only a cruel opportunity of feeling his misery, of burying his better part, and surviving himself.
      - [Reputation]

He that thinks he shows boldness or height of mind by a scurrilous reply to a scurrilous provocation measures himself by a false standard, and acts not the spirit of a man, but the spleen of a wasp.
      - [Revenge]

He who has a soul wholly devoid of gratitude should set his soul to learn of his body; for all the parts of that minister to one another.
      - [Gratitude]

He who has no mind to trade with the Devil should be so wise as to keep from his shop.
      - [Temptation]

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