Great Throughts Treasury

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John Bunyan

English Religious Author

"One leak will sink a ship; and one sin will destroy a sinner."

"An idle man’s brain is the devil’s workshop."

"He that forgets his friend is ungrateful to him; but he that forgets his Saviour is unmerciful to himself."

"Humility is the light of the understanding."

"Religion is the best armor in the world, but the worst cloak."

"When thou prayest, rather let thy heart be without words than thy words without heart."

"You must also own religion in rags, as well as when in silver slippers; and stand by him, too, when bound in irons, as well as when he walketh the streets with applause."

"In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart."

"You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you."

"Though there is not always grace where there is the fear of hell, yet, to be sure, there is no grace where there is no fear of God."

"If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us."

"Fear, lest, by forgetting what you are by nature, you also forget the need that you have of continual pardon, support, and supplies from the Spirit of grace, and so grow proud of your own abilities, or of what you have received from God."

"Words easy to be understood do often hit the mark; when high and learned ones do only pierce the air."

"He who bestows his goods upon the poor shall have as much again, and ten times more. "

"If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a golden slipper on a gouty foot. "