But I do nothing upon myself, and yet I am my own executioner.
Chastity is not chastity in an old man, but a disability to be unchaste.
All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated…As therefore the bell that rings to a sermon, calls not upon the preacher only, but upon the congregation to come: so this bell calls us all: but how much more me, who am brought so near the door by this sickness….No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were. Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
Topics: Friend, Help, Dying, Death, Humanity, Cooperation, Teamwork, Kind
I would not that death should take me asleep. I would not have him merely seize me, and only declare me to be dead, but win me, and overcome me. When I must shipwreck, I would do it in a sea, where mine impotency might have some excuse; not in a sullen weedy lake, where I could not have so much as exercise for my swimming.
Topics: Death, Exercise, Dying
As he that fears God hears nothing else, so, he that sees God sees every thing else.
As soon as there was two there was pride
God himself took a day to rest in, and a good man’s grave is his Sabbath.
Be your own palace, or the world is your jail.
There is hook in every benefit, that sticks in his jaws that takes that benefit, and draws him whither the benefactor will.
I count all that part of my life lost which I spent not in communion with God, or in doing good.
Sleep is pain’s easiest salve, and doth fulfill all the offices of death, except to kill
We are all conceived in close prison; in our mothers wombs, we are close prisoners all; when we are born, we are born but to the liberty of the house; prisoners still, though within larger walls; and then all our life is but a going out to the place of execution, to death.
Men are sponges, which, to pour out, receive;
Who know false play, rather than lose, deceive.
For in best understandings sin began,
Angels sinn’d first, then devils, and then man.
Only perchance beasts sin not ; wretched we
Are beasts in all but white integrity.
One short sleep past, we wake eternally, and death shall be no more.
Man is not only a contributory creature, but a total creature; he does not only make one, but he is all; he is not a piece of the world, but the world itself; and next to the glory of God, the reason why there is a world.
Topics: Humanity, Humankind
He must pull out his own eyes, and see no creature, before he can say, he sees no God; He must be no man, and quench his reasonable soul, before he can say to himself, there is no God.
Reason is our soul’s left hand, faith her right;
By these we reach divinity, that’s you;
Their loves, who have the blessing of your light,
Grew from their reason ; mine from fair faith grew.
Topics: Faith, Belief, Reason, One liners
To be no part of any body, is to be nothing.
Topics: The Body
Whenever any affliction assails me, I have the keys of my prison in mine own hand, and no remedy presents it selfe so soone to my heart, as mine own sword. Often meditation of this hath wonne me to a charitable interpretation of their action, who dy so: and provoked me a little to watch and exagitate their reasons, which pronounce so peremptory judgments upon them.
Contemplative and bookish men must of necessity be more quarrelsome than others, because they contend not about matter of fact, nor can determine their controversies by any certain witnesses, nor judges. But as long as they go towards peace, that is Truth, it is no matter which way.
Topics: Fight, Quarrels, Fighting
As states subsist in part by keeping their weaknesses from being known, so is it the quiet of families to have their chancery and their parliament within doors, and to compose and determine all emergent differences there.
Pleasure is none, if not diversified.
Let us love nobly, and live, and add again years and years unto years, till we attain to write threescore: this is the second of our reign.
Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls. For, thus friends absent speak.
We seem ambitious God’s whole work to undo.—With new diseases on ourselves we war, and with new physic, a worse engine far.
Let me arrest thy thoughts; wonder with me, why plowing, building, ruling and the rest, or most of those arts, whence our lives are blest, by cursed Cain’s race invented be, and blest Seth vexed us with Astronomy.
Topics: Science, Scientists
Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime, nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.
Full nakedness! All my joys are due to thee, as souls unbodied, bodies unclothed must be, to taste whole joys.
For good and evil in our actions meet; wicked is not much worse than indiscreet.
There is nothing that God hath established in a constant course of nature, and which therefore is done every day, but would seem a Miracle, and exercise our admiration, if it were done but once.
Topics: Miracles, Wonder
Who are a little wise the best fools be.
And new Philosophy calls all in doubt, the element of fire is quite put out; the Sun is lost, and the earth, and no mans wit can well direct him where to look for it.
Topics: Philosophers, Philosophy, Wit
Never start with tomorrow to reach eternity. Eternity is not being reached by small steps.
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