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He, who gives what he would as readily throw away, gives without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self-sacrifice.

    Topics: Giving, Sacrifice

Right intention is to the actions of a man what the soul is to the body, or the root to the tree.

    Topics: Good and Evil

Nothing is a greater, or more fearful sacrilege than to prostitute the great name of God to the petulancy of an idle tongue.

    Topics: Gossip, The Tongue

In the use of the tongue God hath distinguished us from beasts, and by the well cr ill using it we are distinguished from one another; and therefore, though silence be innocent at death, yet it is rather the state of death than life.

    Topics: Gossip

Habits are the daughters of action, but then they nurse their mother, and produce daughters after her image, but far more beautiful and prosperous.

    Topics: Habits, Beauty

Look upon pleasures not upon that side that is next the sun, or where they look beauteously, that is, as they come toward you to be enjoyed, for then they paint and smile, and dress themselves up in tinsel, and glass gems, and counterfeit imagery.

    Topics: Habits

Men of the noblest dispositions think themselves happiest when others share their happiness with them.

    Topics: Happiness, Men

God threatens terrible things if we will not be happy.

    Topics: Happiness

A pure mind in a chaste body is the mother of wisdom and deliberation; sober counsels and ingenuous actions; open deportment and sweet carriage; sincere principles and unprejudiced understanding; love of God and self-denial; peace and confidence; holy prayers and spiritual comfort; and a pleasure of spirit infinitely greater than the sottish pleasure of unchastity.

    Topics: Holiness, Wisdom, Comfort

If these little sparks of holy fire thus heaped up together do not give life to your prepared and already enkindled spirit, yet they will sometimes help to entertain a thought, to actuate a passion, to employ and hallow a fancy.

    Topics: Holy Spirit, Fire, Passion

An unjust acquisition is like a barbed arrow, which must be drawn backward with horrible anguish, or else will be your destruction.

    Topics: Honesty

It is a little learning, and but a little, which makes men conclude hastily. Experience and humility teach modesty and fear.

    Topics: Humility, Learning, Modesty

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