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I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.

    Author: Isaac Newton

Curiosity is the direct incontinency of the spirit.

    Author: Jeremy Taylor

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.

    Author: Jeremy Taylor

A fair reputation is a plant delicate in its nature, and by no means rapid in its growth. It will not shoot up in a night, like the gourd of the prophet, but like that gourd, it may perish in a night.

    Author: Jeremy Taylor

In self-examination, take no account of yourself by your thoughts and resolutions in the days of religion and solemnity, but examine how it is with you in the days of ordinary conversation and in the circumstances of secular employment.

    Author: Jeremy Taylor

Great knowledge, if it be without vanity, is the most severe bridle of the tongue. For so have I heard, that all the noises and prating of the pool, the croaking of frogs and toads, are hushed and appeased upon the bringing upon them the light of a candle or torch. Every beam of reason and ray of knowledge checks the dissolution of the tongue.

    Author: Jeremy Taylor

Never tell your resolution beforehand.

    Author: John Selden

No one can harm the man who does himself no wrong.

    Author: John Chrysostom

Let your words be the genuine picture of your heart.

    Author: John Wesley

Certainly this is a duty, not a sin. "Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness."

    Author: John Wesley

I have not so great a struggle with my vices, great and numerous as they are, as I have with my impatience. My efforts are not absolutely useless; yet I have never been able to conquer this ferocious wild beast.

    Author: John Calvin

One brave deed makes no hero.

    Author: John Greenleaf Whittier

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