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Jeremy Collier Quotes


An English theatre critic, non-juror bishop and theologian.
(1650 - 1726)

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A brave mind is always impregnable.
 

As the language of the face is universal, so 'tis very comprehensive; 'tis the shorthand of the mind, and crowds a great deal in a little room.
 

Atheism, if it exists, is the result of ignorance and pride, of strong sense and feeble reason, of good eating and ill living. - It is the plague of society, the corrupter of morals, and the underminer of property.
[Atheism]
 

Avoid all singularity and affectation. - What is according to nature is best, while what is contrary to it is always distasteful. Nothing is graceful that is not our own.
[Affectation]
 

Belief gets in the way of learning.
 

Books are a guide in youth, and an entertainment for age. They support us under solitude, and keep us from becoming a burden to ourselves. They help us to forget the crossness of men and things, compose our cares and our passions, and lay our disappointments asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation.
[Books]
 

Books support us in our solitude and keep us from being a burden to ourselves.
 

By reading a man does, as it were, antedate his life, and make himself contemporary with past ages.
[Reading]
 

Dependence goes somewhat against the grain of a generous mind; and it is no wonder that it should do so, considering the unreasonable advantage which is often taken of the inequality of fortune.
[Dependence]
 

Despair is the offspring of fear, of laziness, and impatience; it argues a delect of spirit and resolution, and often of honesty too. I would not despair unless I saw my misfortune recorded in the book of fate, and signed and sealed by necessity.
[Despair]
 

Everyone has a fair turn to be as great as he pleases.
[Opportunity]
 

He that would make sure of success should keep his passion cool, and his expectation low.
[Success]
 

Hope is a vigorous principle ... it sets the head and heart to work, and animates a man to do his utmost.
[Hope]
 

How many feasible projects have miscarried through despondency, and been strangled in their birth by a cowardly imagination?
[Courage]
 

I used to walk to school with my nose buried in a book.
 

Idleness is an inlet to disorder, and makes way for licentiousness. People who have nothing to do are quickly tired of their own company.
[Idleness]
 

In civilized life, where the happiness and indeed almost the existence of man, depends on the opinion of his fellow men. He is constantly acting a studied part.
 

Knowledge is the consequence of time, and multitude of days are fittest to teach wisdom.
[Knowledge]
 

Learning gives us a fuller conviction of the imperfections of our nature; which one would think, might dispose us to modesty: for the more a man knows, the more he discovers his ignorance.
[Learning]
 

Modesty was designed by Providence as a guard to virtue, and that it might be always at hand it is wrought into the mechanism of the body. It is likewise proportioned to the occasions of life, and strongest in youth when passion is so too.
[Modesty]
 


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