John Tillotson, Archbishop of Canterbury

John
Tillotson, Archbishop of Canterbury
1630
1694

English Writer and Prelate

Author Quotes

There is no readier way for a man to bring his own worth into question than by endeavoring to detract from the worth of other men.

Truth is always consistent with itself, and needs nothing to help it out. It is always near at hand, and sits upon our lips, and is ready to drop out before we are aware; whereas a lie is troublesome, and sets a man's invention upon the rack; and one trick needs a great many more to make it good.

Charity should be the habit of our estimates; kindness of our feelings; benevolence of our affections; cheerfulness of our social intercourse; generosity of our living; improvement of our progress; prayer of our desires; fidelity of our sex-examination; being and doing good of our entire life.

Was ever any wicked man free from the stings of a guilty conscience?

When we have practiced good action awhile, they become easy; when they are easy, we take pleasure in them; when they please us, we do them frequently; and then, by frequency of act, they grow into a habit.

We anticipate our own happiness, and eat out the heart and sweetness of worldly pleasures by delightful forethought of them.

He who is sincere has the easiest task in the world, for, truth being always consistent with itself, he is put to no trouble about his words and actions; it is like traveling on a plain road, which is sure to bring you to your journey's end better than byways in which many lose themselves.

Whatever convenience may be thought to be in falsehood and dissimulation, it is soon over; but the inconvenience of it is perpetual, because it brings a man under everlasting jealousy and suspicion, so that he is not believed when he speaks the truth, nor trusted when perhaps he means honestly.

If our souls be immortal, this makes amends for the frailties of life and the sufferings of this state.

When a man has once forfeited the reputation of his integrity, he is set fast, and nothing will then serve his turn, neither truth nor falsehood.

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First Name
John
Last Name
Tillotson, Archbishop of Canterbury
Birth Date
1630
Death Date
1694
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English Writer and Prelate