John Ray or Wray

John
Ray or Wray
1628
1705

British Naturalist, Philosopher, Theologian and Collector of Proverbs

Author Quotes

A multitude of words doth rather obscure than illustrate, they being a burden to the memory, and the first apt to be forgotten, before we come to the last. So that he that uses many words for the explaining of any subject, doth, like the cuttle-fish, hide himself, for the most part, in his own ink.

The heart is the first part that quickens, and the last that dies.

No better cosmetics than a severe temperance and purity, modesty and humility, a gracious temper and calmness of spirit; no true beauty without the signature of these graces in the very countenance.

Many without punishment, none without sin.

Guilt is always jealous.

A wonder it must be, that there should be any man found so stupid as to persuade himself that this most beautiful world could be produced by the fortuitous concourse of atoms.

Nothing is invented and perfected at the same time.

Industry is fortune's right hand, and frugality its left.

Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.

Diseases are the tax on pleasures.

Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

In time of prosperity friends will be plenty. In times of adversity not one among twenty.

Better to be idle than not well occupied.

The day has eyes, the night has ears.

Author Picture
First Name
John
Last Name
Ray or Wray
Birth Date
1628
Death Date
1705
Bio

British Naturalist, Philosopher, Theologian and Collector of Proverbs