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Christianity teacheth me that what I charitably give alive, I carry with me dead; and experience teacheth me that what I leave behind, I lose. I will carry that treasure with me by giving it, which the worldling loseth by keeping it; so, while his corpse shall carry nothing but a winding cloth to his grave, I shall be richer under the earth than I was above it.

    Topics: Charity, Worldliness
    Source: A Puritan Golden Treasury

I would fain know all that I need, and all that I may. I leave God's secrets to himself. It is happy for me that God makes me of his court, and not of his council.

    Topics: Contentment

If the sun of God's countenance shine upon me, I may well be content to be wet with the rain of affliction.

    Topics: Contentment, Affliction

Our body is a well-set clock, which keeps good time, but if it be too much or indiscreetly tampered with, the alarm runs out before the hour.

    Topics: Death

Death did not first strike Adam, the first sinful man, nor Cain, the first hypocrite, but Abel, the innocent and righteous. The first soul that met death overcame death; the first soul parted from earth went to heaven. Death argues not displeasure, because he whom God loved best dies first, and the murderer is punished with living.

    Topics: Death, Murder

Those who give not till they die show that they would not then if they could keep it any longer.

    Topics: Death, Giving

I account this body nothing but a close prison to my soul; and the earth a larger prison to my body. I may not break prison, till I be loosed by death; but I will leave it, not unwillingly, when I am loosed.

    Topics: Death
    Source: A Puritan Golden Treasury

Seldom ever was any knowledge given to keep, but to impart; the grace of this rich jewel is lost in concealment.

    Topics: Education

There be three usual causes of ingratitude upon a benefit received - envy, pride, and covetousness; envy, looking more at other's benefits than our own; pride, looking more at ourselves than at the benefit; covetousness, looking more at what we would have than at what we have.

    Topics: Envy, Pride

The practices of good men are more subject to error than their speculations. I will, then, honor good examples, but endeavor to live according to good precepts.

    Topics: Examples

He that takes his cares on himself loads himself in vain with an uneasy burden. I will cast my cares on God; he has bidden me; they cannot burden him.

    Topics: Faith

Fools measure actions, after they are done, by the event; wise men beforehand, by the rules of reason and right. The former look to the end, to judge of the act. Let me look to the act, and leave the end with God.

    Topics: Faith, Foolishness

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