Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

William Jay

English Nonconformist Divine, Congregational Preacher

"Though a good motive cannot sanctify a bad action, a bad motive will always vitiate a good action."

"One of the most useless of all things is to take a deal of trouble in providing against dangers that never come. How many toil to lay up riches which they never enjoy; to provide for exigencies that never happen; to prevent troubles that never come; sacrificing present comfort and enjoyment in guarding against the wants of a period they may never live to see."

"None so little enjoy themselves, and are such burdens to themselves, as those who have nothing to do. Only the active have the true relish of life."

"Half the pleasure of solitude comes from having with us some friend to whom we can say how sweet solitude is. "

"A dislike of death is no proof of the want of religion. The instincts of nature shrink from it, for no creature can like its own dissolution. But though death is not desired, the result of it may be, for dying... is the way to life eternal. "