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ZEAL
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Inwardly drunk with a certain belief.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Zeal without humility is like a ship without a rudder, liable to be stranded at any moment.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

It is admirably remarked, by a most excellent writer, that zeal can no more hurry a man to act in direct opposition to itself than a rapid stream can carry a boat against its own current.
      - Henry Fielding

There is no zeal blinder than that which is inspired with a love of justice against offenders.
      - Henry Fielding

I do not love a man who is zealous for nothing.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Zeal will do more than knowledge.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Zeal, unless it be rightly guided, when it endeavors the most busily to please God, forceth upon Him those unseasonable offices which please Him not.
      - Richard Hooker

A single zealot may commence prosecutor, and better men be his victims.
      - Thomas Jefferson

The hopes of zeal are not wholly groundless.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

I remember a passage in Goldsmith's "Vicar of Wakefield," which he was afterwards fool enough to expunge: "I do not love a man who is zealous for nothing."
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson

Blind zeal can only do harm.
  [Ger., Blinder Eifer schadet nur.]
      - Magnus Gottfried Lichtwer,
        Die Katzen under der Hausherr

Every deviation from the rules of charity and brotherly love, of gentleness and forbearance, of meekness and patience, which our Lord prescribes to his disciples, however it may appear to be founded on an attachment to Him and zeal for His service, is in truth a departure from the religion of Him, "the Son of Man," who "came not to destroy men's lives, but to save them."
      - Richard Mant

A father or a brother may be hated zealously, and loved civilly or naturally.
      - John Milton

A Spirit, zealous, as he seemed, to know
  More of the Almighty's works, and chiefly Man,
    God's latest image.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IV, l. 565)

But his zeal
  None seconded, as out of season judged,
    Or singular and rash.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. V, l. 849)

But zeal moved thee;
  To please thy gods thou didst it!
      - John Milton, Samson Agonistes (l. 895)

Nothing can be fairer, or more noble, than the holy fervor of true zeal.
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin)

Zeal without knowledge is like expedition to a man in the dark.
      - Sir Isaac Newton

True zeal is merciful and mild, can pity and forbear.
      - John Newton (1)

Not the zeal alone of those who seek Him proves God, but the blindness of those who seek Him not.
      - Blaise Pascal

It is a coal from God's altar must kindle our fire; and without fire, true fire, no acceptable sacrifice.
      - William Penn

The zeal of fools offends at any time.
      - Alexander Pope

Zeal then, not charity, became the guide.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. 111, l. 261)

I have more zeal than wit.
      - Alexander Pope, Imitations of Horace
         (bk. II, satire VI, l. 56)

Poets heap virtues, painters gems, at will,
  And show their zeal, and hide their want of skill.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. II, l. 185)


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