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English theologian and author
(1634 - 1716)
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They who lie soft and warm in a rich estate seldom come to heat themselves at the altar.
      - [Prosperity]

This is the great instrument and engine of nature, the bond and cement of society, the spring and spirit of the universe. Love is such an affection as cannot so properly be said to be in the soul, as the soul to be in that. It is the whole man wrapt up into one desire, all the powers vigor, and faculties of the soul abridged into one inclination.
      - [Love]

Those are generally good at flattering who are good for nothing else.
      - [Flattery]

Though reason is not to be relied upon as universally sufficient to direct us what to do, yet it is generally to be relied upon and obeyed where it tells us what we are not to do.
      - [Reason]

To all intents and purposes, he who will not open his eyes is, for the present, as blind as he who cannot.
      - [Prejudice]

To make our reliance upon Providence both pious and rational, we should, in every great enterprise we take in hand, prepare all things with that care, diligence, and activity, as if there were no such thing as Providence for us to depend upon; and again, when we have done all this, we should as wholly and humbly rely upon it, as if we had made no preparations at all.
      - [Providence]

True repentance has a double aspect; it looks upon things past with a weeping eye, and upon the future with a watchful eye.
      - [Repentance]

Truth makes the face of that person shine who speaks and owns it.
      - [Face]

Variety is nothing else but a continued novelty.
      - [Variety]

Virtue is that which must tip the preacher's tongue and the ruler's sceptre with authority.
      - [Virtue]

We may compare the soul to a linen cloth; it must be first washed to take off its native hue and color, and to make it white; and afterwards it must be ever and anon washed to preserve it white.
      - [Soul]

What makes a governor justly despised is viciousness and ill morals. Virtue must tip the preacher's tongue and the ruler's sceptre with authority.
      - [Government]

Whatever the will commands, the whole man must do; the empire of the will over all the faculties being absolutely overruling and despotic.
      - [Will]

When once infidelity can persuade men that they shall die like beasts, they will soon be brought to live like beasts also.
      - [Infidelity]

When the tongue is the weapon, a man may strike where he cannot reach; and a word shall do execution both further and deeper than the mightiest blow.
      - [Censure]

When thy brother has lost all that he ever had, and lies languishing, and even gasping under the utmost extremities of poverty and distress, dost thou think to lick him whole again only with thy tongue?
      - [Charity]

Where fraud and falsehood invade society, the band presently breaks.
      - [Falsehood]

You may rest upon this as an unfailing truth, that there neither is, nor never was, any person remarkably ungrateful, who was not also insufferably proud. In a word, ingratitude is too base to return a kindness, too proud to regard it, much like the tops of mountains, barren indeed, but yet lofty; they produce nothing; they feed nobody; they clothe nobody; yet are high and stately, and look down upon all the world.
      - [Ingratitude]

Let a man be but in earnest in praying against a temptation as the tempter is in pressing it, and he needs not proceed by a surer measure.
      - vol. VI, sermon 10 [Temptation]

Speech was given to the ordinary sort or men, whereby to communicate their mind; but to wise men, whereby to conceal it.
      - Sermon [Speech]

The mind begins to boggle at unnatural substances as things paradoxical and incomprehensible.
      - Sermons [Paradoxes]

God expects from men something more than at such times, and that it were much to be wished for the credit of their religion as well as the satisfaction of their conscience that their Easter devotions would in some measure come up to their Easter dress.
      - Sermons (vol. II, ser. 8) [Easter]

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