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A good inclination is but the first rude draught of virtue; but the finishing strokes are from the will; which, if well disposed, will, by degrees perfect; if ill disposed, will, by the super-induction of ill habits, quickly deface it.

A good name is properly that reputation of virtue which every man may challenge as his right and due in the opinion of others, till he has made forfeit of it by the viciousness of his actions.

A miracle is a work exceeding the power of any created agent, consequently being an effect of the divine omnipotence.

A true friend is the gift of God, and he only who made hearts can unite them.

Abstinence is the great strengthener and clearer of reason.

Action is the highest perfection and drawing forth of the utmost power, vigor, and activity of man's nature.

All deception in the course of life is indeed nothing else but a lie reduced to practice, and falsehood passing from words into things.

All love has something of blindness in it, but the love of money especially.

An Aristotle was but the rubbish of an Adam, and Athens but the rudiments of Paradise.

Anger is a transient hatred; or at least very like it.

Contempt naturally implies a man's esteeming himself greater than the person whom he contemns. - He, therefore, that slights and contemns an affront, is properly superior to it. - Socrates, being kicked by an ass, did not think it a revenge proper for him to kick the ass again.

Covetousness is both the beginning and end of the devil's alphabet - the first vice in corrupt nature that moves, and the last which dies.

Days of respite are golden days.

Defeat should never be a source of discouragement but rather a fresh stimulus.

Every gross act of sin is much the same thing to the conscience that a great blow is to the head; it stuns and bereaves it of all use of its senses for a time.

Every kind of imitation speaks the person that imitates inferior to him whom he imitates, as the copy is to the original.

Excess is not the only thing that breaks up both health and enjoyment; many are brought into a very ill and languishing habit of body by mere sloth, which is both a great sin, and the cause of many more.

Fear is two-fold; a fear of solicitous anxiety, such as makes us let go our confidence in God's providence, and a fear of prudential caution, whereby, from a due estimate of approaching evil, we endeavor our own security. - The former is wrong and forbidden; the latter not only lawful, but laudable.

Few practical errors in the world are embraced on conviction, but on inclination; for though the judgment may err on account of weakness, yet, where one error enters at this door, ten are let into it through the will; that, for the most part, being set upon those things which truth is a direct obstacle to the enjoyment of; and where both cannot be had, a man will be sure to buy his enjoyment, though he pays down truth for the purchase.

Flints may be melted - we see it daily - but an ungrateful heart cannot be; not by the strongest and noblest flame.

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