Francis Atterbury


English Bishop

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There is a variety in tempers of good men.

They who are not induced to believe and live as they ought by those discoveries which God hath made in Scriptures would stand out against any evidence whatever, even that of a messenger sent express from the other world.

Though fanaticism drinks at many founts, its predisposing cause is mostly the subject of an invisible futurity.

The things of another world being distant, operate but faintly upon us: to remedy this inconvenience, we must frequently revolve their certainty and importance.

The temptations of prosperity insinuate themselves after a gentle, but very powerful manner; so that we are but little aware of them and less able to withstand them.

The priesthood hath in all nations, and all religions, been held highly venerable.

The practice of all ages and all countries hath been to do honour to those who are invested with public authority.

The greater absurdities are, the more strongly they evince the falsity of that supposition from whence they flow.

The characters of men placed in lower stations of life are more useful, as being imitable by greater numbers.

Should we grieve over a little misplaced charity, when an all knowing, all wise Being showers down every day his benefits on the unthankful and undeserving?

He had such a gentle method of reproving their faults that they were not so much afraid as ashamed to repeat them.

He who performs his duty in a station of great power must needs incur the utter enmity of many, and the high displeasure of more.

Hospitality sometimes degenerates into profuseness, and ends in madness and folly.

If God be infinitely holy, just, and good, He must take delight in those creatures that resemble Him most in these perfections.

It is little the sign of a wise or good man, to suffer temperance to be transgressed in order to purchase the repute of a generous entertainer.

It is the duty of every one to strive to gain and deserve a good reputation.

A good character, when established, should not be rested in as an end, but only employed as a means of doing still farther good.

Luther deters me from solitariness; but he does not mean from a sober solitude that rallies our scattered strengths and prepares us against any new encounter from without.

A good man not only forbears those gratifications which are forbidden by reason and religion, but even restrains himself in unforbidden instances.

Make the true use of those afflictions which his hand, mercifully severe, hath been pleased to lay upon thee.

A just and wise magistrate is a blessing as extensive as the community to which he belongs; a blessing which includes all other blessings whatsoever that relate to this life.

Shall we repine at a little misplaced charity, we who could no way foresee the effect,—when an all-knowing, all-wise Being showers down every day his benefits on the unthankful and undeserving?

A remembrance of the good use he had made of prosperity contributed to support his mind under the heavy weight of adversity which then lay upon him.

A sturdy, hardened sinner shall advance to the utmost pitch of impiety, with less reluctance than he took the first step while his conscience was yet vigilant and tender.

A very prosperous people, flushed with great victories and successes, are seldom so pious, so humble, so just, or so provident as to perpetuate their happiness.

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