Great Throughts Treasury

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English Proverbs

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

Angels | Fear |

Francis Bacon

Goodness answers to the theological virtue charity, and admits no excess but error. The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall. But in charity there is no excess; neither can angel or man come in danger by it.

Angels | Charity | Danger | Desire | Error | Excess | Knowledge | Man | Power | Virtue | Virtue | Danger |

Francis Bacon

The desire of power in excess caused angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall; but in charity is no excess, neither can man nor angels come into danger by it.

Angels | Charity | Danger | Desire | Excess | Knowledge | Man | Power | Danger |

Francis Bacon

The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused man to fall.

Angels | Desire | Excess | Knowledge | Man | Power |

George MacDonald

Many a life has been injured by the constant expectation of death. It is life we have to do with, not death. The best preparation for the night is to work diligently while the day lasts. The best preparation for death is life.

Day | Death | Expectation | Life | Life | Work | Expectation |

George Herbert

Sum up at night what thou hast done by day, and in the morning what thou hast to do; dress and undress thy soul; mark the decay or growth of it. If with thy watch that too be down, then wind up both. Since thou shalt be most surely judged, make thine accounts agree.

Day | Growth | Soul |

George MacDonald

The whole history of the Christian life is a series of resurrections… Every time a man finds his heart is troubled, that he is not rejoicing in God, a resurrection must follow; a resurrection out of the night of troubled thought into the gladness of the truth.

God | Heart | History | Life | Life | Man | Thought | Time | Truth | Thought |

Henry David Thoreau, born David Henry Thoreau

If the day and night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal, that is your success.

Day | Joy | Life | Life | Success |

Henry Ward Beecher

Affliction comes to us all not to make us sad, but sober, not to make us sorry, but wise; not to make us despondent, but by its darkness to refresh us, as the night refreshes the day; not to impoverish, but to enrich us, as the plough enriches the field; to multiply our joy, as the seed by planting, is multiplied a thousand-fold.

Affliction | Darkness | Day | Joy | Wise |

Henry Ward Beecher

The soul is a temple; and God is silently building it, by night and by day. Precious thoughts are building it; disinterested love is building it; all-penetrating faith is building it.

Day | Faith | God | Love | Soul | God |

Henry Ward Beecher

The soul is a temple; and God is silently building it by night and by day. Precious thoughts are building it; disinterested love is building it; all-penetrating faith is building it.

Day | Faith | God | Love | Soul | God |

James Freeman Clarke

Do not run after happiness, but seek to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you. The day will dawn full of expectation, the night will fall full of repose. This world will seem a very good place, and the world to come a better place still.

Better | Dawn | Day | Expectation | Good | Repose | Will | World | Happiness |

John Foster, fully John Watson Foster

The bigot sees religion, not as a sphere, but a line; and it is the line in which he is moving. He is like as African buffalo - sees right forward, but nothing on the right or the left. He would not perceive a legion of angels or devils at the distance of ten yards, on the one side or the other.

Angels | Nothing | Religion | Right |

Martin Luther

Riches are the pettiest and least worthy gifts which God can give a man. What are they; to God’s word? Yea, to bodily gifts, such as beauty and health, or to the gifts of the mind such as understanding, skill, wisdom? Yet men toil for them day and night and take no rest. Therefore our Lord God commonly gives riches to foolish people to whom He gives nothing else.

Beauty | Day | God | Health | Lord | Man | Men | Mind | Nothing | People | Rest | Riches | Skill | Understanding | Wisdom | Riches | Beauty | God |

Meister Eckhart, formally Meister von Hochheim

Any flea as it is in God is nobler than the highest of angels in himself.

Angels | God | God |

Philip James Bailey

Mind and night will meet, though in silence, like forbidden lovers.

Mind | Silence | Will |

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The studious class are their own victims; they are thin and pale, their feet are cold, their heads are hot, the night is without sleep, the day a fear of interruption - pallor, squalor, hunger, and egotism. If you come near them and see what conceits they entertain - they are abstractionists, and spend their days and nights in dreaming some dream; in expecting the homage of society to some precious scheme built on a truth, but destitute of proportion in its presentment, of justness in its application, and of all energy of will in the schemer to embody and vitalize it.

Day | Energy | Fear | Hunger | Society | Truth | Will | Society |

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We cannot part with our friends. We cannot let our angels go. We do not see that they only go out that archangels may come in. We are idolaters of the old. We do not believe in the richness of the soul, in its proper eternity and omnipresence.

Angels | Eternity | Omnipresence | Soul |