English Clergyman, Writer and Scholar at Oxford University
"Be fearful only of thyself, and stand in awe of none, more than of thine own conscience... And he that reverences this judge will seldom do anything he need repent of."
"A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner; neither do uninterrupted prosperity and success qualify men for usefulness and happiness."
"An insatiable paunch is a pernicious sink, and the fountain of all diseases, both of body and mind."
"Hope and patience are two sovereign remedies for all, the surest reposals, the softest cushions to lean on in adversity."
"Employment, which Galen calls "Nature's physician," is so essential to human happiness that indolence is justly considered as the mother of misery."
"One religion is as good as another... The greatest enemy to man is man... It is believable because it is incredible."
"What physic, what chirurgery, what wealth, favor, authority can relieve, bear out, assuage, or expel a troubled conscience? A quiet mind cureth all."
"Music is a tonic for the saddened soul, a Roaring Meg [cannon] against melancholy, to rear and revive the languishing soul."
"No beauty leaves such an impression, strikes so deep, or links the souls of men closer than virtue."
"A deeply felt sense of purpose is as necessary as hunger and thirst--all are universally necessary for survival and homeostasis."
"Ambition, that high and glorious passion, which makes such havoc among the sons of men, arises from a proud desire of honor and distinction; and when the splendid trappings in which it is usually caparisoned are removed, will be found to consist of the mean materials of envy, pride, and covetousness."
"And were it not that they are loath to lay out money on a rope, they would be hanged forthwith, and sometimes die to save charges."
"And this is that Homer's golden chain, which reacheth down from heaven to earth, by which every creature is annexed, and depends on his Creator."
"As amber attracts a straw, so does beauty admiration, which only lasts while the warmth continues."
"As much valour is to be found in feasting as in fighting, and some of our city captains and carpet knights will make this good, and prove it."
"As the rose-tree is composed of the sweetest flowers and the sharpest thorns,--as the heavens are sometimes overcast, alternately tempestuous and serene; so is the life of man intermingled with hopes and fears, with joy and sorrows, with pleasure and with pains."
"Certainty is not biologically possible. We must learn (and teach our children) to tolerate the unpleasantness of uncertainty. Science has given us the language and tools of probabilities. We have methods for analyzing and ranking opinion according to their likelihood of correctness. That is enough."