Robert South Quotes.
Most of the appearance of mirth in the world is not mirth, it is art. The wounded spirit is not seen, but walks under a disguise.
In all worldly things that a man pursues with the greatest eagerness he finds not half the pleasure in the possession that he proposed to himself in the expectation.
Innocence is like polished armor; it adorns and defends.
God afflicts with the mind of a father, and kills for no other purpose but that he may raise again.
Speech was given to the ordinary sort or men, whereby to communicate their mind; but to wise men, whereby to conceal it.
Wonder is from surprise, and surprise stops with experience.
Passion is the drunkenness of the mind.
Anger is a transient hatred; or at least very like it.
He who does a kindness to an ungrateful person, sets his seal to a flint and sows his seed upon the sand; on the former he makes no impression, and from the latter finds no product.
An Aristotle was but the rubbish of an Adam, and Athens but the rudiments of Paradise.
The mind begins to boggle at unnatural substances as things paradoxical and incomprehensible.
Abstinence is the great strengthener and clearer of reason.
Let a man be but in earnest in praying against a temptation as the tempter is in pressing it, and he needs not proceed by a surer measure.
So he that despairs, limits an Infinite Power to a Finite Apprehension, and measures Providence by his own little, contracted Model.
The covetous person lives as if the world were made altogether for him, and not he for the world.
Novelty is the great parent of pleasure.
God expects from men something more than at such times, and that it were much to be wished for the credit of their religion as well as the satisfaction of their conscience that their Easter devotions would in some measure come up to their Easter dress.
Truth will lose its credit, if delivered by a person that has none.
It is the work of fancy to enlarge, but of judgment to shorten and contract; and therefore this must be as far above the other as judgment is a greater and nobler faculty than fancy or imagination.
Much reading is like much eating -wholly useless without digestion.
Problems can become opportunities when the right people come together.
Defeat should never be a source of discouragement but rather a fresh stimulus.
If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.
Loquacity storms the ear, but modesty takes the heart.
Folly enlarges men’s desires while it lessens their capacities.
Similes prove nothing, but yet greatly lighten and relieve the tedium of argument.
A man’s life is an appendix to his heart.
A true friend is the gift of God, and He only who made hearts can unite them.
Aristotle was but a wreck of an Adam, and Athens but the rubbish of an Eden. How completely sin has defaced the divine image in man! That man has lost his righteousness and happiness is clearly evident as we look at the state of the world today!
Pain is an outcry of sin.
Guilt upon the conscience, like rust upon iron, both defiles and consumes it, gnawing and creeping into it, as that does which at last eats out the very heart and substance of the metal.
The grateful person fears no court or judge, no sentence or executioner, but what he carries about him in his own breast: and being still the most severe exactor of himself, not only confesses but proclaims his debts.
Action is the highest perfection and drawing forth of the utmost power, vigor, and activity of man’s nature.
That in all these worldly Things, that a Man pursues with the greatest Eagerness and Intention of Mind imaginable, he finds not half the Pleasure in the actual Possession of them, that he proposed to himself in the Expectation.
The seven wise men of Greece, so famous for their wisdom all the world over, acquired all that fame, each of them, by a single sentence consisting of two or three words.