We know there is a sun in heaven, yet we cannot see what matter it is made of, but perceive it only by the beams, light and heat. Election is a sun, the eyes of eagles cannot see it, yet we may find it in the heat of vocation, in the light of illumination, in the beams of good works.
The covetous man is like a camel with a great hunch on his back; heaven’s gate must be made Higher and broader, or he will hardly get in.
Passion costs me too much to bestow it on every trifle.
A man may be so bold of his predestination, that he forget his conversation.
He who demands mercy and shows none ruins the bridge over which he himself is to pass.
Sense of sin may be often great, and more felt than grace; yet not be more than grace. A man feels the ache of his finger more sensibly than the health of his whole body; yet he knows that the ache of a finger is nothing so much as the health of the whole body.
Prevention is so much better than healing because it saves the labor of being sick.
Conscience is God’s deputy in the soul.
He who reforms himself, has done much toward reforming others; and one reason why the world is not reformed, is, because each would have others make a beginning, and never thinks of himself doing it.
The ambitious climb high and perilous stairs, and never care how to come down; the desire of rising hath swallowed up their fear of a fall.
He who is proud of his knowledge, has gout in the wrong end.
The devil makes his Christmas-pie of lawyers’ tongues and clerks’ fingers.