Testimony is like an arrow shot from a long bow; its force depends on the strength of the hand that draws it.—But argument is like an arrow from a cross bow, which has equal force if drawn by a child or a man.
Topics: Character, Argument
Self-denial is a kind of holy association with God; and by making him your partner interests him in all your happiness.
As the sun is best seen at his rising and setting, so men’s native dispositions are clearest seen when they are children, and when they are dying.
The things for which life is valuable are the satisfactions which come from the improvement of knowledge and the exercise of piety.
As rivers, when they overflow, drown those grounds and ruin those husbandmen, which, whilst they flowed calmly betwixt their banks they fertilized and enriched, so our passions, when they grow exorbitant and unruly, destroy those virtues to which they might be very serviceable whilst kept within their bounds.
In an arch, each single stone, which, if severed from the rest, would be perhaps defenceless, is sufficiently secured by the solidity and entireness of the whole fabric of which it is a part.
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