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Meditation is the soul's perspective glass, whereby, in her long removes, she discerneth God, as if he were nearer at hand.

    Topics: Discernment, Meditation

Discontent is like ink poured into water, which fills the whole fountain full of blackness. It casts a cloud over the mind, and renders it more occupied about the evil which disquiets than about the means of removing it.

    Topics: Discontentment

Discontents are sometimes the better part of our life. I know not which is the most useful. Joy I may choose for pleasure; but adversities are the best for profit; and sometimes these do so far help me, that I should, without them, want much of the joy I have.

    Topics: Discontentment, Adversity, Joy

If we considered detraction to be bred of envy, and nested only in deficient minds, we should find that the applauding of virtue would win us far more honor than seeking to disparage it. That would show we loved what we commended, while this tells the world we grudge at what we want ourselves.

    Topics: Envy

In some dispositions there is such an envious kind of pride that they cannot endure that any but themselves should be set forth for excellent; so that when they hear one justly praised, they will either seek to dismount his virtues, or, if they be like a clear light, they will stab him with a "but" of detraction.

    Topics: Envy, Pride, Excellence

Gold is the fool's curtain, which hides all his defects from the world.

    Topics: Finances, Foolishness

Riches, though they may reward virtue, cannot cause it. He is much more noble who deserves a benefit than he who bestows one.

    Topics: Finances

It is much safer to reconcile an enemy than to conquer him; victory may deprive him of his poison, but reconciliation of his will.

    Topics: Friendship, Enemies, Victory

No man can expect to find a friend without faults, nor can he propose himself to be so to another. Every man will have something to do for his friend, and something to bear with in him. Only the sober man can do the first; and for the latter, patience is requisite. It is better for a man to depend on himself than to be annoyed with either a madman or a fool.

    Topics: Friendship

When two friends part they should lock up one another's secrets, and interchange their keys.

    Topics: Friendship

God has made no one absolute. The rich depend on the poor, as well as the poor on the rich. The world is but a magnificent building; all the stones are gradually cemented together. No one subsists by himself alone.

    Topics: Giving, Friendship

To trust God when we have securities in our iron chest is easy, but not thankworthy; but to depend on him for what we cannot see, as it is more hard for man to do, so it is more acceptable to God.

    Topics: Gratitude, Trust

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