Benjamin Whichcote


English Anglican Divine, Platonist

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None are so empty as those who are full of themselves.

Unless a man takes himself sometimes out of the world, by retirement and self-reflection, he will be in danger of losing himself in the world.

To be an enemy is a sin; to have one is a temptation.

Some are atheists by neglect; others are so by affectation; they that think there is no God at some times do not think so at all times.

Sin is a defiance to the authority of God, a contradiction to the law of righteousness, a disturbance to the society of men, and a distraction to the soul of the sinner.

Religion is a profound humility, a universal charity.

Nothing spoils human Nature more than false Zeal.

Nothing should alienate us from one another but that which alienates us from God.

Conscience without judgment is superstition.

An act of duty is law in practice.

Using and enjoying is the true having.

Joy is the life of man's life.

Iniquity is the greatest evil.

He that has no government of himself has no enjoyment of himself.

Among politicians the esteem of religion is profitable; the principles of it are troublesome.

None are known to be good until they have opportunity to be bad.

Sins of the mind have less infamy than those of the body, but not less malignity.

No man blushes in the dark.

Good men spiritualize their bodies; bad men incarnate their souls.

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English Anglican Divine, Platonist