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Francis Quarles Quotes

Wisdom not only gets, but once got, retains.
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My mind is my kingdom.

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Be wisely worldly, but not worldly wise.

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The road to perseverance lies by doubt.

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He that discovers himself, till he hath made himself master of his desires, lays himself open to his own ruin, and makes himself prisoner to his own tongue.

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Let the greatest part of the news thou hearest be the least part of what thou believest, lest the greater part of what thou believest be the least part of what is true.

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Is not this lily pure? What fuller can procure A white so perfect, spotless clear As in this flower doth appear?

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If any speak ill of thee, flee home to thy own conscience, and examine thy heart: if thou be guilty, it is a just correction; if not guilty, it is a fair instruction: make use of both; so shalt thou distil honey out of gall, and out of an open enemy create a secret friend.

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Physicians, of all men, are most happy; whatever good success soever they have, the world proclaimeth; and what faults they commit, the earth covereth.

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The way to bliss lies not on beds of down, And he that had no cross deserves no crown.

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He that hath promised pardon on our repentance hat not promised life till we repent.

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For trash and toys, And grief-engend'ring joys, What torment seems too sharp for flesh and blood; What bitter pills, Compos'd of real ills, Men swallow down to purchase one false good!

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Rather do what is nothing to the purpose than be idle; that the devil may find thee doing. The bird that sits is easily shot, when fliers scape the fowler. Idleness is the Dead Sea that swallows all the virtues, and the self-made sepulchre of a living man.

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The goods we spend we keep; and what we save
We lose; and only what we lose we have.

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They who cannot be induced to fear for love will never be enforced to love for fear. Love opens the heart, fear shuts it; that encourages, this compels; and victory meets encouragement, but flees compulsion.

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Death aims with fouler spiteAt fairer marks.

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