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Robert Boyle Quotes


An Irish-born British natural philosopher, chemist, physicist, and inventor, also noted for his writings in theology.
(1627 - 1691)

And I might add the confidence with which distracted persons do oftentimes, when they are awake, think, they see black fiends in places, where there is no black object in sight without them.
 

As rivers, when they overflow, drown those grounds and ruin those husbandmen, which, whilst they flowed calmly betwixt their banks they fertilized and enriched, so our passions, when they grow exorbitant and unruly, destroy those virtues to which they might be very serviceable whilst kept within their bounds.
[Passion]
 

As the sun is best seen at his rising and setting, so men's native dispositions are clearest seen when they are children, and when they are dying.
[Character]
 

In an arch, each single stone, which, if severed from the rest, would be perhaps defenceless, is sufficiently secured by the solidity and entireness of the whole fabric of which it is a part.
[Dependence]
 

Self-denial is a kind of holy association with God; and by making him your partner interests him in all your happiness.
 

Testimony is like an arrow shot from a long bow; its force depends on the strength of the hand that draws it. - But argument is like an arrow from a cross bow, which has equal force if drawn by a child or a man.
[Argument]
 

The gospel comprises indeed, and unfolds, the whole mystery of man's redemption, as far forth as it is necessary to be known for our salvation.
 

The things for which life is valuable are the satisfactions which come from the improvement of knowledge and the exercise of piety.
[Life]