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Self-will so ardent and active that it will break a world to pieces to make a stool to sit on.

    Topics: Selfishness

Supreme and abiding self-love is a very dwarfish affection, but a giant evil.

    Topics: Selfishness, Self-love

Duties are ours, events are God's. This removes an infinite burden from the shoulders of a miserable, tempted, dying creature. On this consideration only can he securely lay down his head and close his eyes.

    Topics: Service, Obedience

There are three things which the true Christian desires in respect to sin: Justification, that it may not condemn; sanctification, that it may not reign; and glorification, that it may not be.

    Topics: Sin, Justification, Sanctification

When a founder has cast a bell he does not presently fix it in the steeple, but tries it with his hammer, and beats it on every side to see if there be any flaw in it. So Christ doth not, presently after he has converted a man, convey him to heaven; but suffers him first to be beaten upon by many temptations, and then exalts him to his crown.

    Topics: Suffering

Never was there a man of deep piety, who has not been brought into extremities - who has not been put into fire - who has not been taught to say, "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him."

    Topics: Trust, Piety

All extremes are error. The reverse of error is not truth, but error still. Truth lies between extremes.

    Topics: Truth

An accession of wealth is a dangerous predicament for a man. At first he is stunned if the accession be sudden, and is very humble and very grateful. Then he begins to speak a little louder, people think him more sensible, and soon he thinks himself so.

    Topics: Wealth, Pride

Wisdom prepares for the worst, but folly leaves the worst for the day when it comes.

    Topics: Wisdom

A wise man looks upon men as he does on horses; all their caparisons of title, wealth, and place, he considers but as harness.

    Topics: Wisdom, Humility, Wealth

Let family worship be short, savory, simple, plain, tender, heavenly.

    Topics: Worship

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