Owen Feltham


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

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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.

The married man is like the bee that fixes his hive, augments the world, benefits the republic, and by a daily diligence, without wronging any, profits all; but he who contemns wedlock, like a wasp, wanders an offence to the world, lives upon spoil and rapine, disturbs peace, steals sweets that are none of his own, and, by robbing the hives of others, meets misery as his due reward.

Irresolution loosens all our joints: like an auger, it shakes not this limb or that limb, but all the body is at once in a fit. The irresolute man hatches nothing, but addles all his actions.

The true boundary of man is moderation. - When once we pass that pale, our guardian angel quits his charge of us.

It is much safer to reconcile an enemy than to conquer him; victory may deprive him of his poison, but reconciliation of his will.

The world is all a carcass and vanity, the shadow of a shadow, a play and in one word, just nothing.

A consciousness of inward knowledge gives confidence to the outward behavior, which, of all things, is the best to grace a man in his carriage.

It is to be doubted whether he will ever find the way to heaven who desires to go thither alone.

There is no belittling worse than to over praise a man.

A coward's fear can make a coward valiant.

Laughter should dimple the cheek, not furrow the brow. A jest should be such that all shall be able to join in the laugh which it occasions; but if it bears hard upon one of the company, like the crack of a string, it makes a stop in the music.

This wonder we find in hope, that she is both a flatterer and a true friend. - How many would die did not hope sustain them; how many have died by hoping too much!

A sentence well couched takes both the sense and the understanding. - I love not those cart-rope speeches that are longer than the memory of man can measure.

Laws were made to restrain and punish the wicked; the wise and good do not need them as a guide, but only as a shield against rapine and oppression; they can live civilly and orderly, though there were no law in the world.

To go to law is for two persons to kindle a fire, at their own cost, to warm others and singe themselves to cinders; and because they cannot agree as to what is truth and equity, they will both agree to unplume themselves that others may be decorated with their feathers.

All men will be Peters in their bragging tongue, and most men will be Peters in their base denial; but few men will be Peters in their quick repentance.

Love is never lasting which flames before it burns.

To trust God when we have securities in our iron chest is easy, but not thankworthy; but to depend on him for what we cannot see, as it is more hard for man to do, so it is more acceptable to God.

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.

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