Francis Atterbury


English Bishop

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There is a variety in tempers of good men.

They who are not induced to believe and live as they ought by those discoveries which God hath made in Scriptures would stand out against any evidence whatever, even that of a messenger sent express from the other world.

Though fanaticism drinks at many founts, its predisposing cause is mostly the subject of an invisible futurity.

The things of another world being distant, operate but faintly upon us: to remedy this inconvenience, we must frequently revolve their certainty and importance.

The temptations of prosperity insinuate themselves after a gentle, but very powerful manner; so that we are but little aware of them and less able to withstand them.

The priesthood hath in all nations, and all religions, been held highly venerable.

The practice of all ages and all countries hath been to do honour to those who are invested with public authority.

The greater absurdities are, the more strongly they evince the falsity of that supposition from whence they flow.

The characters of men placed in lower stations of life are more useful, as being imitable by greater numbers.

Should we grieve over a little misplaced charity, when an all knowing, all wise Being showers down every day his benefits on the unthankful and undeserving?

Age makes us most fondly hug and retain the good things of this life, when we have the least prospect of enjoying them.

By teaching them how to carry themselves in their relations of husbands and wives, parents and children, they have, without question, adorned the gospel, glorified God, and benefited man, much more than they could have done in the devoutest and strictest celibacy.

Even the wisdom of God hath not suggested more pressing motives, more powerful incentives to charity, than these, that we shall be judged by it at the last dreadful day.

From mere success nothing can be concluded in favor of any nation upon whom it is bestowed.

He had such a gentle method of reproving their faults that they were not so much afraid as ashamed to repeat them.

He who performs his duty in a station of great power must needs incur the utter enmity of many, and the high displeasure of more.

Hospitality sometimes degenerates into profuseness, and ends in madness and folly.

If God be infinitely holy, just, and good, He must take delight in those creatures that resemble Him most in these perfections.

It is little the sign of a wise or good man, to suffer temperance to be transgressed in order to purchase the repute of a generous entertainer.

It is the duty of every one to strive to gain and deserve a good reputation.

A good character, when established, should not be rested in as an end, but only employed as a means of doing still farther good.

Luther deters me from solitariness; but he does not mean from a sober solitude that rallies our scattered strengths and prepares us against any new encounter from without.

A good man not only forbears those gratifications which are forbidden by reason and religion, but even restrains himself in unforbidden instances.

Make the true use of those afflictions which his hand, mercifully severe, hath been pleased to lay upon thee.

A just and wise magistrate is a blessing as extensive as the community to which he belongs; a blessing which includes all other blessings whatsoever that relate to this life.

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