Defeat should never be a source of discouragement but rather a fresh stimulus.
An obstacle is often an unrecognized opportunity
Much reading is like much eating -wholly useless without digestion.
The covetous person lives as if the world were made altogether for him, and not he for the world.
Pain is an outcry of sin.
So he that despairs, limits an Infinite Power to a Finite Apprehension, and measures Providence by his own little, contracted Model.
Passion is the drunkenness of the mind.
A true friend is the gift of God, and He only who made hearts can unite them.
Aristotle was but a wreck of an Adam, and Athens but the rubbish of an Eden. How completely sin has defaced the divine image in man! That man has lost his righteousness and happiness is clearly evident as we look at the state of the world today!
A man's life is an appendix to his heart.
Innocence is like polished armor; it adorns and defends.
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.
He who has no mind to trade with the Devil should be so wise as to keep from his shop.
Action is the highest perfection and drawing forth of the utmost power, vigor, and activity of man's nature.
The grateful person fears no court or judge, no sentence or executioner, but what he carries about him in his own breast: and being still the most severe exactor of himself, not only confesses but proclaims his debts.
He who does a kindness to an ungrateful person, sets his seal to a flint and sows his seed upon the sand; on the former he makes no impression, and from the latter finds no product.
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.
Abstinence is the great strengthener and clearer of reason.
That in all these worldly Things, that a Man pursues with the greatest Eagerness and Intention of Mind imaginable, he finds not half the Pleasure in the actual Possession of them, that he proposed to himself in the Expectation.
Anger is a transient hatred; or at least very like it.
Folly enlarges men's desires while it lessens their capacities.
The mind begins to boggle at unnatural substances as things paradoxical and incomprehensible.
Guilt upon the conscience, like rust upon iron, both defiles and consumes it, gnawing and creeping into it, as that does which at last eats out the very heart and substance of the metal.
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.
Speech was given to the ordinary sort of men, whereby to communicate their mind; but to wise men, whereby to conceal it.
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