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    Praise has different effects, according to the mind it meets with; it makes a wise man modest, but a fool more arrogant, turning his weak brain giddy.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: men  brain  praise  wise  mind  fools 
     
    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.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: truth  law  fire 
     
    Contemplation is necessary to generate an object, but action must propagate it.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: action 
     
    Time is like a ship which never anchors; while I am on board, I had better do those things that may profit me at my landing, than practice such as shall cause my commitment when I come ashore.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: time  commitment 
     
    God has made no one absolute.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: god 
     
    If ever I should affect injustice, it would be in this, that I might do courtesies and receive none.
    — Owen Feltham
    Perfection is immutable. But for things imperfect change is the way to perfect them. It gets the name of wilfulness when it will not admit of a lawful change to the better. Therefore constancy without knowledge cannot be always good. In things ill it is not virtue, but an absolute vice.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: perfection  virtue 
     
    Reason and right give the quickest despatch.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: right 
     
    Discontents are sometimes the better part of our life. I know not well which is the most useful; joy I may choose for pleasure, but adversities are the best for profit; and sometimes those do so far help me, as I should, without them, want much of the joy I have.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: joy  adversity  pleasure  help 
     
    I love the man that is modestly valiant; that stirs not till he most needs, and then to purpose. A continued patience I commend not.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: men  patience 
     
    Some are so uncharitable as to think all women bad, and others are so credulous as to believe they are all good. All will grant her corporeal frame more wonderful and more beautiful than man's. And can we think God would put a worse soul into a better body?
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: women  believe  beautiful  soul  bad  god 
     
    It is rare to see a rich man religious; for religion preaches restraint, and riches prompt to unlicensed freedom.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: men  freedom 
     
    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.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: men  trust  god 
     
    By gaming we lose both our time and treasure - two things most precious to the life of man.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: time  men 
     
    Fear, if it be not immoderate, puts a guard about us that does watch and defend us; but credulity keeps us naked, and lays us open to all the sly assaults of ill-intending men: it was a virtue when man was in his innocence; but since his fall, it abuses those that own it.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: fear  men  abuse  virtue 
     
    Business is the salt of life, which not only gives a grateful smack to it, but dries up those crudities that would offend, preserves from putrefaction and drives off all those blowing flies that would corrupt it.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: business  corrupt 
     
    It is much safer to reconcile an enemy than to conquer him; victory may deprive him of his poison, but reconciliation of his will.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: enemies  victory  enemy 
     
    There is no one subsists by himself alone.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: alone 
     
    The greatest results in life are usually attained by common sense and perseverance.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: perseverance 
     
    Discontent is like ink poured into water, which fills the whole fountain full of blackness.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: water 
     
    Promises may get friends, but it is performance that must nurse and keep them.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: friends 
     
    There is no belittling worse than to over praise a man.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: men  praise 
     
    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.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: men 
     
    Take heed of a speedy professing friend; love is never lasting which flames before it burns.
    — Owen Feltham
    How many would die did not hope sustain them.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: die  hope 
     
    Gold is the fool's curtain, which hides all his defects from the world.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: world  fools 
     
    Knowledge is the treasure of the mind, but discretion is the key to it, without which it is useless. The practical part of wisdom is the best.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: key  wisdom  mind 
     
    Where there is plenty, charity is a duty, not a courtesy
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: charity 
     
    Show me the man who would go to heaven alone if he could, and in that man I will show you one who will never be admitted into heaven.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: men  alone  heaven 
     
    Negligence is the rust of the soul that corrodes through all her best resolves.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: soul 
     
    Meditation is the soul's perspective glass, whereby, in her long remove, she discerneth God, as if He were nearer at hand.
    — Owen Feltham
    A sentence well couched takes both the sense and understanding. I love not those cart-rope speeches that are longer than the memory of man can fathom.
    — Owen Feltham
    It is to be doubted whether he will ever find the way to heaven who desires to go thither alone.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: desires  alone  heaven 
     
    Virtue is the truest liberty.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: virtue  liberty 
     
    Virtue were a kind of misery if fame were all the garland that crowned her.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: virtue  fame  misery 
     
    A combed writing will cost both sweat and the rubbing of the brain. And combed I wish it, not frizzled or curled.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: brain  wishes  writing 
     
    Works without faith are like a fish without water, it wants the element it should live in. A building without a basis cannot stand; faith is the foundation, and every good action is as a stone laid.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: work  live  action  water  faith 
     
    Surely, if we considered detraction to be bred of envy, nested only in deficient minds, we should find that the applauding of virtue would win us far more honor than the seeking slyly to disparage it. That would show we loved what we commended, while this tells the world we grudge at what we want in ourselves.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: world  virtue  envy  mind  honor 
     
    Truth and fidelity are the pillars of the temple of the world; when these are broken, the fabric falls, and crushes all to pieces.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: truth  broken 
     
    Virtue dwells at the head of a river, to which we cannot get but by rowing against the stream.
    — Owen Feltham
    tags: virtue 
     
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