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    Instead of exhorting you to augment your charity, I will rather utter an exhortation, or at least a supplication, that you may not abuse your charity by misapplying it.
    — Cotton Mather
    tags: abuse  charity 
     
    A Good School deserves to be call'd, the very Salt of the Town, that hath it.
    — Cotton Mather
    tags: school 
     
    Charity ... is kind, it is not easily provok'd, it thinks no evil, it believes all things, hopes all things.
    — Cotton Mather
    tags: evil  believe  charity  hope 
     
    Families are the Nurseries of all Societies; and the First combinations of mankind.
    — Cotton Mather
    tags: mankind 
     
    I will now teach my son Increase (and others of my children) the way of raising a lesson out of every verse in his reading of the Bible; and of turning it into a Prayer; and engage him (and them) unto a daily Course in reading the Bible in such a way
    — Cotton Mather
    tags: lessons  bible  reading  son 
     
    If we admit instrumental musick in the worship of God, how can we resist the imposition of all the instruments used among the ancient Jews?-yea, dancing as well as playing, and several other Judaic actions? or, how can we decline a whole rabble of church-officers, necessary to be introduced for instrumental musick, whereof our Lord Jesus Christ hath left us no manner of direction?
    — Cotton Mather
    tags: god  jesus  christ  worship 
     
    Chrysostom, I remember, mentions a twofold book of God: the book of the creatures, and the book of the scriptures. God, having taught us first of all by his works, did it afterwards, by his Words. We will now for a while read the former of these books; 'twill help us in reading the latter. They will admirably assist one another.
    — Cotton Mather
    tags: work  help  god  reading  book  read 
     
    History is the story of events, with praise or blame.
    — Cotton Mather
    tags: praise  stories 
     
    Ignorance is the Mother not of Devotion, but of Heresy.
    — Cotton Mather
    tags: mother  ignorance 
     
    You may ... make a little recreation of poetry, in the midst of your painful studies. Nevertheless, I cannot but advise you. Withhold thy throat from thirst. Be not so set upon poetry, as to be always poring on the passionate and measured pages. ... let not the Circean cup intoxicate you.
    — Cotton Mather
    tags: poetry 
     
    Ye monsters of the bubbling deep, Your Maker's praises spout; Up from the sands ye codlings peep, And wag your tails about.
    — Cotton Mather
    tags: praise 
     
    Wilderness is a temporary condition through which we are passing to the Promised Land.
    — Cotton Mather
    That there is a Devil, is a thing doubted by none but such as are under the influences of the Devil.
    — Cotton Mather
    tags: influence  devil 
     
    Ah! destructive Ignorance, what shall be done to chase thee out of the World!
    — Cotton Mather
    tags: ignorance 
     
    Ah, children, be afraid of going prayerless to bed, lest the Devil be your bedfellow.
    — Cotton Mather
    tags: children  devil  child  afraid 
     
    You are young and have the world before you; stoop as you go through it, and you will miss many hard bumps.
    — Cotton Mather
    tags: world  young 
     
    The Word of God must be Read and Heard with Diligence that so you may arrive to the Knowledge that is needful for you.
    — Cotton Mather
    tags: god  read 
     
    Religion brought forth Prosperity, and the daughter destroyed the mother.
    — Cotton Mather
    tags: mother  daughter 
     
    What Must I Do to Be Saved? It is impossible to ask a more weighty Question! It is deplorable that we hear it asked with no more Frequency, with nor more Agony.
    — Cotton Mather
    tags: impossible 
     
    Our opportunities to do good are our talents.
    — Cotton Mather
    That there is a Devil is a thing doubted by none but such as are under the influence of the Devil. For any to deny the being of a Devil must be from ignorance or profaneness worse than diabolical.
    — Cotton Mather
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