Owen Feltham


English Author, Author of book entitled, "Resolves, Divine, Moral and Political"

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A consciousness of inward knowledge gives confidence to the outward behavior, which, of all things, is the best to grace a man in his carriage.

It is to be doubted whether he will ever find the way to heaven who desires to go thither alone.

There is no belittling worse than to over praise a man.

A coward's fear can make a coward valiant.

Laughter should dimple the cheek, not furrow the brow. A jest should be such that all shall be able to join in the laugh which it occasions; but if it bears hard upon one of the company, like the crack of a string, it makes a stop in the music.

This wonder we find in hope, that she is both a flatterer and a true friend. - How many would die did not hope sustain them; how many have died by hoping too much!

A sentence well couched takes both the sense and the understanding. - I love not those cart-rope speeches that are longer than the memory of man can measure.

Laws were made to restrain and punish the wicked; the wise and good do not need them as a guide, but only as a shield against rapine and oppression; they can live civilly and orderly, though there were no law in the world.

To go to law is for two persons to kindle a fire, at their own cost, to warm others and singe themselves to cinders; and because they cannot agree as to what is truth and equity, they will both agree to unplume themselves that others may be decorated with their feathers.

All men will be Peters in their bragging tongue, and most men will be Peters in their base denial; but few men will be Peters in their quick repentance.

Love is never lasting which flames before it burns.

To trust God when we have securities in our iron chest is easy, but not thankworthy; but to depend on him for what we cannot see, as it is more hard for man to do, so it is more acceptable to God.

Discontents are sometimes the better part of our life. - I know not which is the most useful. - Joy I may choose for pleasure; but adversities are the best for profit; and sometimes these do so far help me, that I should, without them, want much of the joy I have.

Meditation is the soul?s perspective glass, whereby in her long removes she discerneth God as if he were nearer at hand.

We do not wisely when we vent complaint and censure. - We cry out for a little pain, when we do but smile for a great deal of contentment.

God has made no one absolute. - The rich depend on the poor, as well as the poor on the rich. - The world is but a magnificent building; all the stones are gradually cemented together. - No one subsists by himself alone.

Men are like wine; not good before the lees of clownishness be settled.

We make ourselves more injuries than are offered to us; they many times pass for wrongs in our own thoughts that were never meant so by the heart of him that speaketh. The apprehension of wrong hurts more than the sharpest part of the wrong done.

Gold is the fool's curtain, which hides all his defects from the world.

Occasion reins the motions of the stirring mind.

When two friends part they should lock up one another's secrets, and interchange their keys.

He hath a poor spirit who is not planted above petty wrongs.

Of all trees, I observe God hath chosen the vine, a low plant that creeps upon the helpful wall; of all beasts, the soft and patient lamb; of all fowls, the mild and guileless dove. Christ is the rose of the field, and the lily of the valley. When God appeared to Moses, it was not in the lofty cedar nor the sturdy oak nor the spreading palm; but in a bush, a humble, slender, abject shrub; as if He would, by these

While we think to revenge an injury, we many times begin one, and after that repent our misconceptions.

He that despairs degrades the Deity, and seems to intimate that he is insufficient, or not just to his word; in vain hath he read the Scriptures, the world, and man.

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English Author, Author of book entitled, "Resolves, Divine, Moral and Political"