It is the duty of every one to strive to gain and deserve a good reputation.
It’s attention to detail that makes the difference between average and stunning,
The things of another world being distant, operate but faintly upon us: to remedy this inconvenience, we must frequently revolve their certainty and importance.
It is impossible to have a lively hope in another life, and yet be deeply immersed in the enjoyments of this.
Hospitality sometimes degenerates into profuseness, and ends in madness and folly.
Affliction is a school of virtue; it corrects levity, and interrupts the confidence of sinning.
It is little the sign of a wise or good man, to suffer temperance to be transgressed in order to purchase the repute of a generous entertainer.
A just and wise magistrate is a blessing as extensive as the community to which he belongs; a blessing which includes all other blessings whatsoever that relate to this life.
The priesthood hath in all nations, and all religions, been held highly venerable.
He who performs his duty in a station of great power must needs incur the utter enmity of many, and the high displeasure of more.
Nothing can be reckoned good or bad to us in this life, any further than it indisposes us for the enjoyment of another.
Those good men who take such pleasure in relieving the miserable for Christ's sake, would not have been less forward to minister onto Christ Himself.
There is a variety in tempers of good men.
The greater absurdities are, the more strongly they evince the falsity of that supposition from whence they flow.
They who are not induced to believe and live as they ought by those discoveries which God hath made in Scriptures would stand out against any evidence whatever, even that of a messenger sent express from the other world.
The practice of all ages and all countries (whether Christian or heathen, polite or barbarous) hath been ... to do honour to those who are invested with public authority.
Should we grieve over a little misplaced charity, when an all knowing, all wise Being showers down every day his benefits on the unthankful and undeserving?
From mere success nothing can be concluded in favor of any nation upon whom it is bestowed.
A very prosperous people, flushed with great victories and successes, are seldom so pious, so humble, so just, or so provident as to perpetuate their happiness.
Luther deters me from solitariness; but he does not mean from a sober solitude that rallies our scattered strengths and prepares us against any new encounter from without.
A sturdy, hardened sinner shall advance to the utmost pitch of impiety, with less reluctance than he took the first step while his conscience was yet vigilant and tender.
A good man not only forbears those gratifications which are forbidden by reason and religion, but even restrains himself in unforbidden instances.
Few consider how much we are indebted to government, because few can represent how wretched mankind would be without it.
If God be infinitely holy, just, and good, He must take delight in those creatures that resemble Him most in these perfections.
What we employ in charitable uses during our lives is given away from ourselves; what we bequeath at our death is given from others only, as our nearest relations.
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