Owen Feltham


English Author, Author of book entitled, "Resolves, Divine, Moral and Political"

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Discontents are sometimes the better part of our life. - I know not which is the most useful. - Joy I may choose for pleasure; but adversities are the best for profit; and sometimes these do so far help me, that I should, without them, want much of the joy I have.

Meditation is the soul?s perspective glass, whereby in her long removes she discerneth God as if he were nearer at hand.

We do not wisely when we vent complaint and censure. - We cry out for a little pain, when we do but smile for a great deal of contentment.

God has made no one absolute. - The rich depend on the poor, as well as the poor on the rich. - The world is but a magnificent building; all the stones are gradually cemented together. - No one subsists by himself alone.

Men are like wine; not good before the lees of clownishness be settled.

We make ourselves more injuries than are offered to us; they many times pass for wrongs in our own thoughts that were never meant so by the heart of him that speaketh. The apprehension of wrong hurts more than the sharpest part of the wrong done.

Gold is the fool's curtain, which hides all his defects from the world.

Occasion reins the motions of the stirring mind.

When two friends part they should lock up one another's secrets, and interchange their keys.

He hath a poor spirit who is not planted above petty wrongs.

Of all trees, I observe God hath chosen the vine, a low plant that creeps upon the helpful wall; of all beasts, the soft and patient lamb; of all fowls, the mild and guileless dove. Christ is the rose of the field, and the lily of the valley. When God appeared to Moses, it was not in the lofty cedar nor the sturdy oak nor the spreading palm; but in a bush, a humble, slender, abject shrub; as if He would, by these

While we think to revenge an injury, we many times begin one, and after that repent our misconceptions.

He that despairs degrades the Deity, and seems to intimate that he is insufficient, or not just to his word; in vain hath he read the Scriptures, the world, and man.

Prevention is the best bridle.

Words are rather the drowsy part of poetry; imagination the life of it.

He who would be singular in his apparel had need have something superlative to balance that affectation.

Riches, though they may reward virtue, cannot cause it. - He is much more noble who deserves a benefit than he who bestows one.

Words do sometimes fly from the tongue that the heart did neither hatch nor harbor.

If we considered detraction to be bred of envy, and nested only in deficient minds, we should find that the applauding of virtue would win us far more honor than seeking to disparage it. - That would show we loved what we commended, while this tells the world we grudge at what we want ourselves.

Show me the man who would go to heaven alone if he could, and I will show you one who will never be admitted there.

In some dispositions there is such an envious kind of pride that they cannot endure that any but themselves should be set forth for excellent; so that when they hear one justly praised, they will either seek to dismount his virtues, or, if they be like a clear light, they will stab him with a "but" of detraction.

Some are so uncharitable as to think all women bad, and others are so credulous as to believe they are all good. All will grant her corporeal frame more wonderful and more beautiful than man's. And can we think God would put a worse soul into her better body?

In things that may have a double sense, it is good to think the better was intended; so shall we still both keep our friends and quietness.

Take heed of a speedy professing friend; love is never lasting which flames before it burns.

Irresolution is a worse vice than rashness. He that shoots best may sometimes miss the mark; but he that shoots not at all can never hit it. Irresolution loosens all the joints of a state; like an ague, it shakes not this nor that limb, but all the body is at once in a fit. The irresolute man is lifted from one place to another; so hatcheth nothing, but addles all his actions.

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English Author, Author of book entitled, "Resolves, Divine, Moral and Political"