It's not the drinking to be blamed, but the excess.
Category: Alcohol And Alcoholism
A glorious Church is like a magnificent feast; there is all the variety that may be, but every one chooses out a dish or two that he likes, and lets the rest alone: how glorious soever the Church is, every one chooses out of it his own religion, by which he governs himself, and lets the rest alone.
Wise people say nothing in dangerous times.
Old friends are best. King James used to call for his old shoes; they were easiest for his feet.
Category: Friends And Friendship
Idolatry is in a man's own thought, not in the opinion of another.
A king is a thing men have made for their own sakes, for quietness sake. Just as in a family one man is appointed to buy the meat.
The world cannot be governed without juggling.
Category: Leaders And Leadership
They that govern the most make the least noise.
He that has not religion to govern his morality, is not a dram better than my mastiff-dog; so long as you stroke him, and please him, and do not pinch him, he will play with you as finely as may be, he is a very good moral mastiff; but if you hurt him, he will fly in your face, and tear out your throat.
Pleasure is nothing else but the intermission of pain.
Philosophy is nothing but discretion.
Category: Philosophers And Philosophy
Pleasures are all alike simply considered in themselves: he that hunts, or he that governs the commonwealth, they both please themselves alike, only we commend that, whereby we ourselves receive some benefit.
Prayer should be short, without giving God Almighty reasons why he should grant this, or that; he knows best what is good for us.
To preach long, loud, and Damnation, is the way to be cried up. We love a man that damns us, and we run after him again to save us.
Category: Preachers And Preaching
In quoting of books, quote such authors as are usually read; others you may read for your own satisfaction, but not name them.