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William Drummond Quotes

"Learn of me," says the philosopher, "and ye shall find restlessness." " Learn of me," says Christ, "and ye shall find rest."

As we had no part of our will on our entrance into this life, we should not presume to any on our leaving it, but soberly learn to will which He wills.

Christ built no church, wrote no book, left no money, and erected no monuments; yet show me ten square miles in the whole earth without Christianity, where the life of man and the purity of women are respected, and I will give up Christianity.

He that will not reason is a bigot; he that cannot reason is a fool; and he that dares not reason is a slave.

He who dares not (reason), is a slave.

I study myself more than any other subject; it is my metaphysic, and my physic.

Iron sharpens iron; scholar, the scholar.

Property has its duties as well as its rights.

Put a bridle on thy tongue; set a guard before thy lips, lest the words of thine own mouth destroy thy peace... on much speaking cometh repentance, but in silence is safety.

Sleep, Silence's child, sweet father of soft rest, Prince whose approach peace to all mortals brings, Indifferent host to shepherds and kings, Sole comforter to minds with grief oppressed.

Study what thou art Whereof thou art a part What thou knowest of this art This is really what thou art. All that is without thee also is within.

There is a silence, the child of love, which expresses everything, and proclaims more loudly than the tongue is able to do.

What sweet delight a quiet life affords.