He who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, but he who destroys a good book kills reason itself.
When I went there, I did not think to have done this. But perceiving the spirit of God so strong upon me, I would not consult flesh and blood.
Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.
Never make a defense or an apology until you are accused.
King Charles I
I remember about 1660 there was a great difference between him and Sir Hierome Sanchy, one of Oliver's knights…The Knight had been a Soldier, and challenged Sir William to fight with him. Sir William is extremely short sighted, and being the challengee it belonged to him to nominate place and weapon. He nominates, for the place, a darke Cellar, and the weapon to be a great Carpenter's Axe. This turned the knight's challenge into Ridicule, and so it came to nought.
Only very slowly and late have men come to realize that unless freedom is universal it is only extended privilege.
Williams' life and major works — the 1643 bestseller A Key Into the Language of America and the 1644 treatise The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution — inspire nothing less than awe. Williams showed up in Massachusetts in 1631 and immediately mixed it up with the theocrats there, staking controversial positions on hotly debated questions such as the presence of a disturbingly papal cross on the flag of England.
Two of his arguments would earn him exile: He insisted that the colonists had robbed the local Indians of their property (he called it "an unjust usurpation upon others' possessions") and, even worse, that civil magistrates had no business enforcing religious laws (lest "the wilderness of the world" engulf "the garden of the church").
The art of living easily as to money is to pitch your scale of living one degree below your means.
Sir Henry Wotton
Ignorance of certain subjects is a great part of wisdom.
Hugo De Groot
None merits the name of Creator but God and the poet.
Experience has two things to teach; the first is that we must correct a great deal; the second, that we must not correct too much.
Better than a play!
King of England ( Charles Stuart) Charles II
An age at least to every part,
And the last age should show your heart.
Wealth and poverty: the one is the parent of luxury and indolence, and the other of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent
Watch your thoughts they become words. Watch your words they become actions. Watch your actions they become habits. Watch your habits they become character. Watch your character it becomes your destiny.
True thanksgiving means that we need to thank God for what He has done for us, and not to tell Him what we have done for Him. -
George R Hendrick
For Scripture is the school of the Holy Spirit, in which, as nothing is omitted that is both necessary and useful to know, so nothing is taught but what is expedient to know. Therefore we must guard against depriving believers of anything disclosed about predestination in Scripture, lest we seem either wickedly to defraud them of the blessing of their God or to accuse and scoff at the Holy Spirit for having published what it is in any way profitable to suppress.
That a man be willing, when others are so too, as farre-forth, as for Peace, and defence of himself he shall think it necessary, to lay down this right to all things; and be contented with so much liberty against other men, as he would allow other men against himself.
Once killing starts, it is difficult to draw the line.
We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.
Neither soldiers nor money can defend a king but only friends won by good deeds, merit, and honesty.
The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.
Marcus T Cicero
The world is growing old;
Who would not be at rest and free
Where love is never cold?
Frederick Willaim Faber
No one else holds or has held the place in the heart of the world which Jesus holds. Other gods have been as devoutly worshipped; no other man has been so devoutly loved.
Be careful how you spend your time: Spend your time in nothing which you know must be repented of.
It is labour indeed that puts the difference on everything.
Better shun the bait than struggle in the snare.
History makes us some amends for the shortness of life.
When a language creates -- as it does -- a community within the present, it does so only by courtesy of a community between the present and the past.
He who has an opinion of his own, but depends upon the opinion and taste of others, is a slave.
Our ideas are the offspring of our senses; we are not more able to create the form of a being we have not seen, without retrospect to one we know, than we are able to create a new sense. He whose fancy has conceived an idea of the most beautiful form must have composed it from actual existence.
Every night and every morn Some to misery are born; Every morn and every night Some are born to sweet delight.
And he that strives to touch the stars, Oft stumbles at a straw.
A state without some means of change is without the means of its conservation.
The child is father of the man.
I love you the more that I believe you have liked me for my own sake and for nothing else.
Live, and be happy, and make others so.
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
It's never too late to be who you might have been.
If a way to the better there be, it lies in taking a full look at the worst.
Either move or be moved.
I realized early on that the academy and the literary world alike -- and I don't think there really is a distinction between the two -- are always dominated by fools, knaves, charlatans and bureaucrats. And that being the case, any human being, male or female, of whatever status, who has a voice of her or his own, is not going to be liked.