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Ralph Venning Quotes





Alexander being asked why he did not gather and lay up money, said, "For fear, lest being the keeper thereof, I should be infected and corrupted."
[Money]
 

All the beauty of the world, 'tis but skin deep.
 

As a Christian should do no injuries to others, so he should forgive the injuries others do to him. - This is to be like God, who is a good-giving, and a sin-forgiving God.
[Injury]
 

Crates threw his gold into the sea, saying, "I will destroy thee, lest thou destroy me." If men do not put the love of the world to death, the love of the world will put them to death.
[World]
 

He who seeks philosophy in divinity, seeks the dead among the living; and he that seeks divinity in philosophy, seeks the living among the dead.
[Philosophy]
 

In religion not to do as thou sayest is to unsay thy religion in thy deeds, and to undo thyself by doing.
[Promise]
 

Inward religion, without the outward show of it, is like a tree without fruit, useless; and the outward show of religion, without inward sincerity, is like a tree without heart, lifeless.
[Religion]
 

It is not so much matter what is done, as how it is done, that God minds. - Not how much, but how well. - It is the well-doing that meets with the well-done.
 

Late repentance is seldom true, but true repentance is never too late.
[Repentance]
 

Many men are angry with them that tell them of their faults, when they should be angry only with the faults that are told them.
[Reproof]
 

Our superfluities should give way to our brother's conveniences, and our conveniences, to our brother's necessities; yea, even our necessities should give way to their extremity for the supplying of them.
 

Some rivers, as historians tell us, pass through others without mingling with them; just so should a saint pass through this world.
 

Success at first doth many times undo men at last.
[Success]
 

That is good which doth good.
[Goodness]
 

The tongue blessing God without the heart is but a tinkling cymbal; the heart blessing God without the tongue is sweet but still music; both in concert make their harmony, which fills and delights heaven and earth.
[Worship]
 

The world cannot show us a more exalted character than that of a truly religious philosopher, who delights to turn all things to the glory of God; who, in the objects of his sight, derives improvement to his mind; and in the glass of things temporal, sees the image of things spiritual.
[Philosophy]
 

To maintain an opinion because it is thine, and not because it is true, is to prefer thyself above the truth.
[Opinion]
 

Worldly riches are like nuts; many clothes are torn in getting them, many a tooth broke in cracking them, but never a belly filled with eating them.
[Riches]