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Thomas Adams Quotes





A drunkard is the annoyance of modesty; the trouble of civility; the spoil of wealth; the distraction of reason. He is the brewer's agent; the tavern and ale­house benefactor; the beggar's companion; the constable's trouble; his wife's woe; his children's sorrow; his neighbor's scoff; his own shame. In short he is a tub of swill, a spirit of unrest, a thing below a beast, and a monster of a man.
[Drunkenness]
 

Beauty is like an almanack: if it last a year it is well.
[Beauty]
 

Beckon any matter of trial to thee among thy gains.
[Trials]
 

Blessed be God, I not only begin praying when I kneel down, but I do not leave off praying when I rise up.
[Prayer]
 

Contention is like fire, for both burn so long as there is any exhaustible matter to contend within. - Only herein it transcends fire, for fire begets not matter, but consumes it; debates beget matter, but consume it not.
 

Grace comes into the soul, as the morning sun into the world; first a dawning; then a light; and at last the sun in his full and excellent brightness.
[Grace]
 

He who reforms himself, has done much toward reforming others; and one reason why the world is not reformed, is, because each would have others make a beginning, and never thinks of himself doing it.
[Reform]
 

Let us be sure that our delights exclude not the presence of God: we may please ourselves so long as we do not displease Him.
[Pleasure]
 

Passion costs me too much to bestow it on every trifle.
[Passion]
 

Pride thrust Nebuchadnezzar out of men's society, Saul out of his kingdom, Adam out of paradise, Haman out of court, and Lucifer out of heaven.
[Pride]
 

Self-righteousness is the devil's masterpiece to make us think well of ourselves.
 

The ambitious climb high and perilous stairs, and never care how to come down; the desire of rising hath swallowed up their fear of a fall.
[Risks]
 

The ambitious climbs high and perilous stairs and never cares how to come down; the desire of rising hath swallowed up his fear of a fall.
[Success]
 

The Bible is to us what the star was to the wise men; but if we spend all our time in gazing upon it, observing its motions, and admiring its splendor, without being led to Christ by it, the use of it will be lost to us.
 

The covetous man pines in plenty, like Tantalus up to the chin in water, and yet thirsty.
 

The devil is no idle spirit, but a vagrant, runagate walker, that never rests in one place. - The motive, cause, and main intention of his walking is to ruin man.
[Devil]
 

The eye is the pulse of the soul; as physicians judge the heart by the pulse, so we by the eye.