Gilbert Burnet

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Gilbert Burnet

That is not the best sermon which makes the hearers go away talking to one another, and praising the speaker, but which makes them go away thoughtful and serious, and hastening to be aloneMore Gilbert Burnet [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
...learning chiefly in mathematical sciences can so swallow up and fix one's thought, as to possess it entirely for some time; but when that amusement is over, nature will return, and be where it was, being rather diverted than overcome by such speculations.More Gilbert Burnet [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The Duke of Buckingham gave me once a short but severe character of the two brothers. It was the more severe, because it was true: the King (he said) could see things if he would, and the Duke would see things if he could.More Gilbert Burnet [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
One of the strangest catastrophes that is in any history. A great king, with strong armies and mighty fleets, a great treasure and powerful allies, fell all at once, and his whole strength, like a spider's web, was... irrecoverably broken at a touch.More Gilbert Burnet [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The law of England is the greatest grievance of the nation, very expensive and dilatory.More Gilbert Burnet [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
. . . for the most part the worst instructed, and the least knowing of any of their rank, I ever went amongst.More Gilbert Burnet [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There is no lasting pleasure but contemplation; all others grow flat and insipid upon frequent use; and when a man hath run through a set of vanities, in the declension of his age, he knows not what to do with himself, if he cannot think; he saunters about from one dull business to another, to wear out time; and hath no reason to value Life but because he is afraid of death.More Gilbert Burnet [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Let us be adventurers for another world. It is at least a fair and noble chance; and there is nothing in this worth our thoughts or our passions. If we should be disappointed, we are still no worse than the rest of our fellow-mortals; and if we succeed in our expectations we are eternally happy.More Gilbert Burnet [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
An anecdote is related of Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper (1621-1683), who, in speaking of religion, said, "People differ in their discourse and profession about these matters, but men of sense are really but of one religion." To the inquiry of "What religion?" the Earl said, "Men of sense never tell it."More Gilbert Burnet [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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