English Clergyman and Reputed Preacher, called "The Shakespeare of the Puritans" by Robert Southey
Self-righteousness is the devil's masterpiece to make us think well of ourselves.
Sins are so remitted, as if they had never been committed.
The ambitious climbs up high and perilous stairs, and never cares how to come down; the desire of rising hath swallowed up his fear of a fall.
A drunkard is the annoyance of modesty; the trouble of civility; the spoil of wealth; the distraction of reason. He is the brewer's agent; the tavern and alehouse benefactor; the beggar's companion; the constable's trouble; his wife's woe; his children's sorrow; his neighbor's scoff; his own shame. In short he is a tub of swill, a spirit of unrest, a thing below a beast, and a monster of a man.
Beckon any matter of trial to thee among thy gains.
Blessed be God, I not only begin praying when I kneel down, but I do not leave off praying when I rise up.
Contention is like fire, for both burn so long as there is any exhaustible matter to contend within.—Only herein it transcends fire, for fire begets not matter, but consumes it; debates beget matter, but consume it not.
Good deeds are such things that no man is saved for them, nor without them.