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Be wisely worldly, but not worldly wise.
– Francis Quarles
Temper your enjoyments with prudence, lest there be written on your heart that fearful word ‘satiety.’
Fear nothing but what thy industry may prevent; be confident of nothing but what fortune cannot defeat; it is no less folly to fear what is impossible to be avoided than to be secure when there is a possibility to be deprived.
Beware of him that is slow to anger; for when it is long coming, it is the stronger when it comes, and the longer kept. Abused patience turns to fury.
Anger may repast with thee for an hour, but not repose for a night; the continuance of anger is hatred, the continuance of hatred turns malice.
Let the fear of danger be a spur to prevent it; he that fears not, gives advantage to the danger.
Heaven finds an ear when sinners find a tongue.
It is the lot of man but once to die.
Put off thy cares with thy clothes; so shall thy rest strengthen thy labor, and so thy labor sweeten thy rest.
Necessity of action takes away the fear of the act, and makes bold resolution the favorite of fortune.
Luxury is an enticing pleasure, a bastard mirth, which hath honey in her mouth, gall in her heart, and a sting in her tail.
The heart is a small thing, but desireth great matters. It is not sufficient for a kite’s dinner, yet the whole world is not sufficient for it.
No cross no crown.
Flatter not thyself in thy faith in God if thou hast not charity for thy neighbor.
Has fortune dealt you some bad cards. Then let wisdom make you a good gamester.
Wisdom not only gets, but once got, retains.
The road to perseverance lies by doubt.
Wickedness is its own punishment.
My mind’s my kingdom.
The sufficiency of merit is to know that my merit is not sufficient.
That friendship will not continue to the end which is begun for an end.
And he repents in thorns that sleeps in beds of roses.
The average person’s ear weighs what you are, not what you were.
He that hath no cross deserves no crown.
If thou desire the love of God and man, be humble, for the proud heart, as it loves none but itself, is beloved of none but itself. Humility enforces where neither virtue, nor strength, nor reason can prevail.
Meditation is the life of the soul: Action, the soul of meditation; and honor the reward of action.