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BISHOP ROBERT SOUTH
English theologian and author
(1634 - 1716)
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Seldom is there much spoke, but something or other had better not been spoke.
      - [Speech]

Seldom shall we see in cities, courts, and rich families, where men live plentifully and eat and drink freely, that perfect health, that athletic soundness and vigor of constitution which is commonly seen in the country, in poor houses and cottages, where nature is their cook, and necessity their caterer, and where they have no other doctor but the sun and fresh air, and that such a one as never sends them to the apothecary.
      - [Country]

Similes prove nothing, but yet greatly lighten and relieve the tedium of argument.
      - [Argument]

Sin is the fruitful parent of distempers, and ill lives occasion good physicians.
      - [Sin]

Sin is the only thing in the world which never had an infancy, that knew no minority.
      - [Sin]

Society is built upon trust.
      - [Confidence]

Some corrupt in their morals as vice could make them, have yet been solicitous to have their children soberly, virtuously, and piously brought up.
      - [Parents]

Sorrow, being the natural and direct offspring of sin, that which first brought sin into the world, must, by necessary consequences, bring in sorrow also.
      - [Sorrow]

Temperance is a virtue which casts the truest lustre upon the person it is lodged in, and has the most general influence upon all other particular virtues of any that the soul of man is capable of; indeed so general, that there is hardly any noble quality or endowment of the mind, but must own temperance either for its parent or its nurse; it is the greatest strengthener and clearer of reason, and the best preparer of it for religion, the sister of prudence, and the handmaid to devotion.
      - [Temperance]

That besotting intoxication which verbal magic brings upon the mind.
      - [Eloquence]

That is not wit which consists not with wisdom.
      - [Wit]

The authority of conscience stands founded upon its vicegerency and deputation under God.
      - [Conscience]

The covetous person lives as if the world were made altogether for him, and not he for the world.
      - [Covetousness]

The devil himself would be but a contemptible adversary were he not sure of a correspondent, and a party that held intelligence with him in our own breasts. All the blowing of a fire put under a caldron could never make it boil over, were there not a fullness of water within it.
      - [Sympathy]

The generality of men are wholly governed by names in matters of good and evil, so far as the qualities relate to and affect the actions of men.
      - [Names]

The grateful person, being still the most severe exactor of himself, not only confesses, but proclaims his debt.
      - [Gratitude]

The herb feeds upon the juice of a good soil, and drinks in the dew of heaven as eagerly, and thrives by it as effectually, as the stalled ox that tastes everything that he eats or drinks.
      - [Flowers]

The image of God was no less resplendent in man's practical understanding,--namely, that storehouse of the soul in which are treasured up the rules of action and the seeds of morality.
      - [Soul]

The imputation of being a fool is a thing which mankind, of all others, is the most impatient of, it being a blot upon the prime and specific perfection of human nature.
      - [Fools]

The lasting and crowning privilege of friendship is constancy.
      - [Constancy]

The most voluptuous and loose person breathing, were he tied to follow his hawks and his hounds, his dice and his courtships every day, would find it the greatest torment and calamity that could befall him; he would fly to the mines and galleys for his recreation.
      - [Satiety]

The pleasure of the religious man is an easy and portable pleasure, such an one as he carries about in his bosom, without alarming either the eye or the envy of the world.
      - [Religion]

The poor man's wisdom is despised.
      - [Poverty]

The Scripture vouches Solomon for the wisest of men; and they are his proverbs that prove him so. The seven wise men of Greece, so famous for their wisdom all the world over, acquired all that fame each of them by a single sentence consisting of two or three words.
      - [Proverbs (General)]

The seven wise men of Greece, so famous for their wisdom all the world over, acquired all that fame, each of them, by a single sentence consisting of two or three words.
      - [Brevity]


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