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Thomas Bentham Quotes

English bishop
(1513 - 1579)

Like flakes of snow that fall imperceptibly upon the earth, the seemingly unimportant events of life succeed one another. - As the snowflakes gather, so our habits are formed. - No single flake that is added to the pile produces a sensible change. - No single action creates, however it may exhibit a man's character. - But as the tempest hurls the avalanche down the mountain and overwhelms the inhabitant and his habitation, so passion, acting on the elements of mischief which pernicious habits have brought together, may overthrow the edifice of truth and virtue.

Nature has placed mankind under the government of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure. It is for them to point out what we ought to do, as well as to determine what we shall do. On the one hand, the standard of right and wrong; on the other, the chain of causes and effects, are fastened to their throne.

On every occasion in which virtue is exercised, if something is not added to happiness, something is taken, away from anxiety.

Unkind language is sure to produce the fruits of unkindness, that is, suffering in the bosom of others.

We may scatter the seeds of courtesy and kindness about us at little expense. - Some of them will fall on good ground, and grow up into benevolence in the minds of others, and all of them will bear fruit of happiness in the bosom whence they spring. - Once blest are all the virtues; twice blest, sometimes.