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" A celibate, like the fly in the heart of an apple, dwells in a perpetual sweetness, but sits alone, and is confined and dies in singularity. "
" He that is proud of riches is a fool. For if he is exalted above his neighbors because he has more gold, how much inferior is he to a gold mine. "
" To be proud of learning is the greatest ignorance. "
" Love is friendship set on fire. "
" A religion without mystery must be a religion without God. "
" Conscience in most men, is but the anticipation of the opinions of others. "
" Habits are the daughters of action, but then they nurse their mother, and produce daughters after her image, but far more beautiful and prosperous. "
" Secrecy is the chastity of friendship. "
" It is impossible to make people understand their ignorance, for it requires knowledge to perceive it; and, therefore, he that can perceive it hath it not. "
" Men are apt to prefer a prosperous error to an afflicted truth. "
" Know that you are your greatest enemy, but also your greatest friend. "
" Revenge... is like a rolling stone, which, when a man hath forced up a hill, will return upon him with a greater violence, and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion. "
" He that does a base thing in zeal for his friend burns the golden thread that ties their hearts together. "
" If anger proceeds from a great cause, it turns to fury; if from a small cause, it is peevishness; and so is always either terrible or ridiculous. "
" The best theology is rather a divine life than a divine knowledge. "
" Whatsoever we beg of God, let us also work for it. "
" Marriage is the mother of the world. It preserves kingdoms, and fills cities and churches, and heaven itself. "
" God hath given to man a short time here upon earth, and yet upon this short time eternity depends. "
" Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit. "
" Dive on them and squash them if you must. "
" He that speaketh against his own reason speaks against his own conscience, and therefore it is certain that no man serves God with a good conscience who serves him against his reason. "
" No man is poor who does not think himself so. But if in a full fortune with impatience he desires more, he proclaims his wants and his beggarly condition. "
" When you lie down with a short prayer, commit yourself into the hands of your Creator; and when you have done so, trust Him with yourself, as you must do when you are dying. "
" Curiosity is the direct incontinency of the spirit. "
" He that loves not his wife and children feeds a lioness at home, and broods a nest of sorrows. "