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Affliction is a divine diet which though it be not pleasing to mankind, yet Almighty God hath often imposed it as a good, though bitter, physic, to those children whose souls are dearest to him.
[Affliction]
 

Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that it can never be fully learnt.
[Fish]
 

As no man is born an artist, so no man is born an angler.
 

Blessings we enjoy daily, and for the most of them, because they be so common, men forget to pay their praises. - But let not us, because it is a sacrifice so pleasing to him who still protects us, and gives us flowers, and showers, and meat, and content.
 

God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart.
[Thankfulness]
 

God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling.
[Fish]
 

Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.
[Companionship]
 

Good company in a journey makes the way to seem the shorter.
[Traveling]
 

Health is ... a blessing that money cannot buy.
[Forgiveness]
 

I have a rich neighbor that is always so busy that he has no leisure to laugh; the whole business of his life is to get money, more money, that he may still get more. He considers not that it is not in the power of riches to make a man happy; for it was wisely said that “there be as many miseries beyond riches as on this side of them."
[Riches]
 

I have laid aside business, and gone a'fishing.
 

I love such mirth as does not make friends ashamed to look upon one another next morning; or men, that cannot well bear it, to repent of the money they spend when they be warmed with drink; and take this for a rule, you may pick out such times and such companies, that you may make yourself merrier for a little than a great deal of money; for "it is the company and not the charge that makes the feast."
 

In so doing, use him as though you loved him.
 

Let me tell you that every misery I miss is a new blessing.
 

Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of - a blessing that money cannot buy; therefore value it, and be thankful for it.
[Health]
 

Lord, what music hast thou provided for thy saints in heaven, when thou affordest bad men such music on earth!
[Music]
 

No man can lose what he never had.
 

So long as thou art ignorant be not ashamed to learn. - Ignorance is the greatest of all infirmities, and, when justified, the chiefest of all follies.
[Ignorance]
 

That which is everybody's business, is nobody's business.
[Business]
 

The person that loses their conscience has nothing left worth keeping.
 


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