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Richard Cecil Quotes


A leading Evangelical Anglican clergyman of the 18th and 19th centuries.
(1748 - 1810)

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A contemplative life has more the appearance of piety than any other; but the divine plan is to bring faith into activity and exercise.
 

A man who puts aside his religion because he is going into society, is like one taking off his shoes because he is about to walk upon thorns.
[Religion]
 

A wise man looks upon men as he does on horses; all their caparisons of title, wealth, and place, he considers but as harness.
[Wisdom]
 

All extremes are error. The reverse of error is not truth, but error still. Truth lies between extremes.
[Truth]
 

An accession of wealth is a dangerous predicament for a man. At first he is stunned if the accession be sudden, and is very humble and very grateful. Then he begins to speak a little louder, people think him more sensible, and soon he thinks himself so.
[Wealth]
 

An exquisite watch went irregularly, though no defect could be discovered in it. At last it was found that the balance wheel had been near a magnet; and here was all the mischief. If the soundest mind be magnetized by any predilection, it must act irregularly.
[Mind]
 

Appointments once made, become debts. If I have made an appointment with you, I owe you punctuality; I have no right to throw away your time, if I do my own.
[Punctuality]
 

As a man loves gold, in that proportion he hates to be imposed upon by counterfeits; and in proportion as a man has regard for that which is above price and better than gold, he abhors that hypocrisy which is but its counterfeit.
[Hypocrisy]
 

Aversion from reproof is not wise. It is a mark of a little mind. A great man can afford to lose; a little, insignificant fellow is afraid of being snuffed out.
[Reproof]
 

Duties are ours, events are God's. This removes an infinite burden from the shoulders of a miserable, tempted, dying creature. On this consideration only can he securely lay down his head and close his eyes.
[Duty]
 

Eloquence is vehement simplicity.
[Eloquence]
 

Every man is an original and solitary character. - None can either understand or feel the book of his own life like himself.
[Originality]
 

Every man will have his own criterion in forming his judgment of others. I depend very much on the effect of affliction. I consider how a man comes out of the furnace; gold will lie for a month in the furnace without losing a grain.
[Trials]
 

Every year of my life I grow more convinced that it is wisest and best to fix our attention on the beautiful and the good, and dwell as little as possible on the evil and the false.
[Beauty]
 

Example is more forcible than precept. - People look at my six days in the week to see what I mean on the seventh.
[Example]
 

Faith makes all evil good to us, and all good better; unbelief makes all good evil, and all evil worse. Faith laughs at the shaking of the spear; unbelief trembles at the shaking of a leaf, unbelief starves the soul; faith finds food in famine, and a table in the wilderness. In the greatest danger, faith says, "I have a great God." When outward strength is broken, faith rests on the promises. In the midst of sorrow, faith draws the sting out of every trouble, and takes out the bitterness from every affliction.
[Faith]
 

God denies a Christian nothing but with a design to give him something better.
[Prayer]
 

God's way of answering the Christian's prayer for more patience, experience, hope and love often is to put him into the furnace of affliction.
[Prayer]
 

Gravity must be natural and simple; there must be urbanity and tenderness in it. - A man must not formalize on everything. - He who does so is a fool; and a grave fool is, perhaps, more injurious than a light fool.
 

He has seen but little of life who does not discern everywhere the effect of early education on men's opinions and habits of thinking. Children bring out of the nursery that which displays itself throughout their lives.
[Education]
 


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