English Clergyman and Reputed Preacher, called "The Shakespeare of the Puritans" by Robert Southey
"Death is as near to the young as to the old; here is all the difference: death stands behind the young man’s back, before the old man’s face."
"He who reforms himself, has done much toward reforming others; and one reason why the world is not reformed, is, because each would have others make a beginning, and never thinks of himself doing it."
"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."
"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."
"Grace comes into the soul, as the morning sun into the world; first a dawning; then a light; and at last the sun in his full and excellent brightness."
"It is the office of faith to believe what we do not see, and it shall be the reward of faith to see what we do believe."
"Let us be sure that our delights exclude not the presence of God: we may please ourselves so long as we do not displease Him."
"Pride thrust Nebuchadnezzar out of men's society, Saul out of his kingdom, Adam out of paradise, Haman out of court, and Lucifer out of heaven."
"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."
"The devil is no idle spirit, but a vagrant, runagate walker, that never rests in one place.—The motive, cause, and main intention of his walking is to ruin man."