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English theologian and author
(1634 - 1716)
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The shortest and surest way to prove a work possible is strenuously to set about it; and no wonder if that proves it possible that for the most part makes it so.
      - [Earnestness : Energy]

The soul and spirit that animates and keeps up society is mutual trust.
      - [Trust]

The Stoics held a fatality, and a fixed, unalterable course of events; but they held also that they fell out by a necessity emergent from and inherent in the things themselves, which God Himself could not alter.
      - [Fate]

The tale-bearer and the tale-hearer should be both hanged up, back to back, one by the tongue, the other by the ear.
      - [Rumor]

The understanding, that should be eyes to the blind faculty of the will, is blind itself; and so brings all the inconveniences that attend a blind follower under the conduct of a blind guide.
      - [Understanding]

The unsuitableness of one man's aspect to another man's fancy has raised such aversion as has produced a perfect hatred of him.
      - [Physiognomy]

The very society of joy redoubles it; so that, whilst it lights upon my friend it rebounds upon myself, and the brighter his candle burns the more easily will it light mine.
      - [Joy]

The vices of old age have the stiffness of it, too; and as it is the unfittest time to learn in, so the unfitness of it to unlearn will be found much greater.
      - [Age]

The vulgar and the many are fit only to be led or driven.
      - [People]

Their dull ribaldry must be offensive to any one who does not, for the sake of the sin, pardon the ugliness of its circumstances.
      - [Ugliness]

There are such things as a man shall remember with joy upon his death-bed; such as shall cheer and warm his heart even in that last and bitter agony.
      - [Death]

There are two functions of the soul,--contemplation and practice,--according to the general division of objects; some of which only entertain our speculations, other employ our actions.
      - [Practice]

There can be no greater labor than to be always dissembling; there being so many ways by which a smothered truth is apt to blaze and break out.
      - [Deceit]

There is a certain majesty in plainness; as the proclamation of a prince never frisks in its tropes or fine conceits, in numerous and well-turned periods, but commands in sober, natural expressions.
      - [Style]

There is a vast difference between sins of infirmity and those of presumption, as vast as between inadvertency and deliberation.
      - [Sin]

There is an evil spirit continually active and intent to seduce.
      - [Spirits]

There is hardly any noble quantity or endowment of the mind but must own temperance, either for its parent or its nurse.
      - [Temperance]

There is no action in the behavior of one man toward another of which human nature is more impatient than of contempt, it being the undervaluing of a man upon a belief of his utter uselessness and inability.
      - [Contempt]

There is no harder work in the world than sin.
      - [Sin]

There is no such thing as a perfect secrecy to encourage a rational mind to the perpetration of any base action; for a man must first extinguish and put out the great light within him, his conscience; he must get away from himself, and shake off the thousand witnesses which he always carries about him, before he can be alone.
      - [Solitude]

There is no weariness like that which rises from doubting, from the perpetual jogging of unfixed reason. The torment of suspense is very great; and as soon as the wavering, perplexed mind begins to determine, be the determination which way soever, it will find itself at ease.
      - [Doubt]

There is none so homely but loves a looking-glass.
      - [Pride]

There is not the least flower but seems to hold up its head and to look pleasantly, in the secret sense of the goodness of its Heavenly Maker.
      - [Flowers]

There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate.
      - [Compassion]

They have no other doctor but sun and the fresh air, and that such an one as never sends them to the apothecary.
      - [Physicians]

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