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For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.

    Topics: Reasoning, Nature

Human reason is like a drunken man on horseback; set it up on one side, and it tumbles over on the other.

    Topics: Reasoning

The will is a beast of burden. If God mounts it, it wishes and goes as God wills; if Satan mounts it, it wishes and goes as Satan wills; Nor can it choose its rider - the riders contend for its possession.

    Topics: Rebellion

Men are not made religious by performing certain actions which are externally good, but they must first have righteous principles, and then they will not fail to perform virtuous actions.

    Topics: Religion, Virtue, Men

To do so no more is the truest repentance.

    Topics: Repentance

If ever a monk could get to heaven through monastic discipline, I was that monk. And yet my conscience would not give me certainty, but I always doubted and said, 'You didn't do that right. You weren't contrite enough. You left that out of your confession.' The more I tried to remedy an uncertain, weak, and troubled conscience with human traditions, the more I daily found it more uncertain, weaker, and more troubled.

    Topics: Salvation, Discipline

Is it not wonderful news to believe that salvation lies outside ourselves?

    Topics: Salvation

If ever a man could be saved by monkery, that man was I.

    Topics: Salvation

If the devil were wise enough and would stand by in silence and let the Gospel be preached, he would suffer less harm. For when there is no battle for the Gospel it rusts and it finds no cause and no occasion to show its vigor and power. Therefore, nothing better can befall the Gospel than that the world should fight it with force and cunning.

    Topics: Satan, The Gospel

The world is a den of murderers, subject to the devil. If we desire to live on earth, we must be content to be guests in it, and to lie in an inn where the host is a rascal, whose house has over the door this sign or shield, 'For murder and lies.'

    Topics: Satan, Murder

For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel.

    Topics: Satan

The devil does not stay where music is.

    Topics: Satan, Music

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