Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
Topics: Action, Happiness, Helpfulness, Time Management, Goodness, Kindness, Value of Time, Generosity
Certainly, this is a duty—not a sin.—Cleanliness is, indeed, next to Godliness.
Fierce and poisonous animals were created for terrifying man, in order that he might be made aware of the final judgment in hell.
Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can.
Once in seven years I burn all my sermons; for it is a shame if I cannot write better sermons now than I did seven years ago.
Topics: Authors & Writing
May I be permitted to add a few words with regard to the poetry? Then I will speak to those who are judges thereof, with all freedom and unreserve. To these I may say, with-out offence, 1. In these hymns there is no doggerel ; no botches ; nothing put in to patch up the rhyme ; no feeble expletives. 2. Here is nothing turgid or bombast, on the one hand, or low and creeping, on the other. 3. here are no cant expressions ; no words without meaning. Those who impute this to us, know not what they say. We talk common sense, both in prose and verse, and use no words but in a fixed and determinate sense. 4. Here are, allow me to say, both the purity, the strength, and the elegance of the English language; and, at the same time, the utmost simplicity and plainness, suited to every capacity. Lastly, I desire men of taste to judge, (these are the only competent judges,) whether there be not in some of the following hymns the true spirit of poetry, such as cannot be acquired by art and labour, but must be the gift of nature. By labour, a man may become a tolerable imitator of Spenser, Shakspeare, or Milton ; and may heap together pretty compound epithets, as pale-eyed, meek-eyed, and the like ; but unless he be born a poet, he will never attain the genuine spirit of poetry.
As no good is done, or spoken, or thought by any man without the assistance of God, working in and with those that believe in him, so there is no evil done, or spoken, or thought without the assistance of the devil, who worketh with strong though secret power in the children of unbelief.—All the works of our evil nature are the work of the devil.
My ground is the Bible. Yea, I am a Bible-bigot. I follow it in all things, both great and small.
All outward means of grace, if separate from the spirit of God, cannot profit, or conduce, in any degree, either to the knowledge or love of God.—All outward things, unless he work in them and by them, are in vain.
Bear up the hands that hang down, by faith and prayer, support the tottering knees. Storm the throne of grace and persevere therein, and mercy will come down.
As to matters of dress, I would recommend one never to be first in the fashion nor the last out of it.
Justifying faith implies, not only a divine evidence or conviction that “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself,” but a sure trust and confidence that Christ died for my sins, that He loved me and gave Himself for me.
Get all you can without hunting your soul, your body, or your neighbor. Save all you can, cutting off every needless expense. Give all you can. Be glad to give, and ready to distribute; laying up in store for yourselves a good foundation against the time to come, that you may attain eternal life.
Topics: Money, Life
That execrable sum of all villainies commonly called the slave-trade.
Act as if the whole election depended on your single vote.
My cool judgement is, that if all the other doctrines of devils which have been committed to writing since letters were in the world were collected together in one volume, it would fall short of this; and that, should a Prince form himself by this book, so calmly recommending hypocrisy, treachery, lying, robbery, oppression, adultery, whoredom, and murder of all kinds, Domitian or Nero would be an angel of light compared to that man.
When I was young I was sure of everything; in a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before; at present, I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed.
Topics: Doubt, Uncertainty, Experience
When I have money, I get rid of it quickly, lest it find a way into my heart.
Giving up witchcraft is, in effect, giving up the Bible
Topics: One liners
Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness.
For many ages it has been allowed by sensible men, Nihil est in intellectu quod non fuit prius in sensu: That is, There is nothing in the understanding which was not first perceived by some of the senses. All the knowledge which we naturally have is originally derived from our senses. And therefore those who want any sense cannot have the least knowledge or idea of the objects of that sense; as they that never had sight have not the least knowledge or conception of light or colours.
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