HENRY, Matthew Quotes
(1662-1714), English divine
Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces.—Sanctified afflictions are spiritual promotions.
Wise anger is like fire from the flint; there is a great ado to bring it out; and when it does come, it is out again immediately.
The remains of great and good men, like Elijah's mantle, ought to be gathered up and preserved by their survivors; that as their works follow them in the reward of them, they may stay behind in their benefit.
It is more to the honor of a Christian by faith to overcome the world, than by monastical vows to retreat from it; more for the honor of Christ to serve him in the city, than to serve him in the cell.
The way to preserve the peace of the church is to preserve its purity.
Inordinate desires commonly produce irregular endeavors. If our wishes be not kept in submission to God's providence, our pursuits will scarcely be kept under the restraints of his precepts.
That which is won ill, will never wear well, for there is a curse attends it which will waste it.—The same corrupt dispositions which incline men to sinful ways of getting, will incline them to the like sinful ways of spending.
Those who would bring great things to pass must rise early.—Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty.
Nothing can make a man truly great but being truly good and partaking of God's holiness.
Nothing can make a man truly great but being truly good, and partaking of God's holiness.
Those who complain most are most to be complained of.
It is not talking but walking that will bring us to heaven.
Honest policy is a good friend, both to our safety and to our usefulness. The serpent's head may well become a good Christian's body, especially if it have a dove's eye in it.
Hypocrites do the devil's drudgery in Christ's livery.
What we count the ills of life are often blessings in disguise, resulting in good to us in the end.—Though for the present not joyous but grievous, yet, if received in a right spirit, they work out fruits of righteousness for us at last.
Many good purposes and intentions lie in the churchyard.
The riches we impart are the only wealth we shall always retain.
The more we accommodate ourselves to plain things, and the less we indulge in those artificial delights which gratify pride and luxury, the nearer we approach to a state of innocency.
The anger of a meek man is like fire struck out of steel, hard to be got out, and when got out, soon gone.—The meek enjoy almost a perpetual Sabbath.
Peace is such a precious jewel that I would give anything for it but truth.
It is good for us to keep some account of our prayers, that we may not unsay them in our practice.
When passion is on the throne, reason is out of doors.
Nothing exposes religion more to the reproach of its enemies than the worldliness and hard-heartedness of its professors.
The flower of youth never appears more beautiful than when it bends toward the sun of righteousness.
There is a burden of care in getting riches; fear in keeping them; temptation in using them; guilt in abusing them; sorrow in losing them; and a burden of account at last to be given concerning them.
The saints are God's jewels, highly esteemed by and dear to him; they are a royal diadem in his hand.
The first lesson in Christ's school is self-denial.
Absalom, who was a fool, wished himself a judge; Solomon, who was a wise man, trembles at the undertaking, and suspects his own fitness for it. The more knowing and considerate men are, the better they are acquainted with their own weakness, and the more jealous of themselves.
Every tear of sorrow sown by the righteous springs up a pearl.
We do not trust God, but tempt him, when our expectations slacken our exertions.
Woman was taken out of man; not out of his head to top him, nor out of his feet to be trampled underfoot; but out of his side to be equal to him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be loved.