Owen Feltham


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

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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.

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.

Zeal without humanity is like a ship without a rudder, liable to be stranded at any moment.

The end of passion is the beginning of repentance.

Prayer should be the key of the morning and the lock of the night.

Perfection is immutable. But for things imperfect, change is the way to perfect them.

Negligence is the rust of the soul, that corrodes through all her best resolves.

Meditation is the soul's perspective glass.

It is not fit that every man should travel; it makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.

A talkative fellow may be compared to an unbraced drum, which beats a wise man out of his wits. Loquacity is ever running, and almost incurable.

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