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Francis Quarles quotes

Beware of him that is slow to anger; for when it is long coming, it is the stronger when it comes, and the longer kept. Abused patience turns to fury.

If thou desire the love of God and man, be humble, for the proud heart, as it loves none but itself, is beloved of none but itself. Humility enforces where neither virtue, nor strength, nor reason can prevail.

The average person's ear weighs what you are, not what you were.

Anger may repast with thee for an hour, but not repose for a night; the continuance of anger is hatred, the continuance of hatred turns malice.

Flatter not thyself in thy faith in God if thou hast not charity for thy neighbor.

My mind's my kingdom.

That friendship will not continue to the end which is begun for an end.

Has fortune dealt you some bad cards. Then let wisdom make you a good gamester.

It is the lot of man but once to die.

He that hath no cross deserves no crown.

Heaven finds an ear when sinners find a tongue.

I wish thee as much pleasure in the reading, as I had in the writing.

And he repents in thorns that sleeps in beds of roses.

Let the fear of danger be a spur to prevent it; he that fears not, gives advantage to the danger.

Meditation is the life of the soul: Action, the soul of meditation; and honor the reward of action.

Necessity of action takes away the fear of the act, and makes bold resolution the favorite of fortune.

No cross no crown.

Temper your enjoyments with prudence, lest there be written on your heart that fearful word 'satiety.'

The heart is a small thing, but desireth great matters. It is not sufficient for a kite's dinner, yet the whole world is not sufficient for it.

The sufficiency of merit is to know that my merit is not sufficient.