WARWICK, Arthur Quotes
(fl. 1625), English essayist
The reason that so many want their desires is that their desires want reason.—He may do what he will, who will do but what he may.
It is not good to speak evil of all whom we know to be bad; it is worse to judge evil of any who may prove good. To speak ill upon knowledge shows a want of charity; to speak ill upon suspicion shows a want of honesty.—To know evil of others and not speak it is sometimes discretion; to speak evil of others and not know it, is always dishonesty.
He gives not best who gives most; but he gives most who gives best.—If I cannot give bountifully, yet I will give freely, and what I want in my hand, I will supply by my heart.
Hypocrisy desires to appear rather than to be good; honesty, to be good rather than seem so.—Fools purchase reputation by the sale of desert; wise men seek desert even at the hazard of reputation.
That the voice of the common people is the voice of God, is as full of falsehood as of commonness.
I will not much commend others to themselves, I will not at all commend myself to others. So to praise any to their faces is a kind of flattery, but to praise myself to any is the height of folly. He that boasts his own praises speaks ill of himself, and much derogates from his true deserts. It is worthy of blame to affect commendation.
Too many follow example rather than precept; but it is safer to learn rather from precept than example.—Many a wise teacher does not follow his own teaching; for it is easier to say, do this, than to do it.—If then I see good doctrine with an evil life, though I pity the last, I will follow the first.—Good sayings belong to all; evil actions only to their authors.
I had rather do and not promise, than promise and not do.
As sloth seldom bringeth actions to good birth, so hasty rashness always makes them abortive ere they are well formed.
As it is never too soon to be good, so it is never too late to amend; I will, therefore, neither neglect the time present, nor despair of the time past. If I had been sooner good, I might perhaps have been better; if I am longer bad, I shall, I am sure, be worse.
As in the body, so in the soul; they are oft most desperately sick who are least sensible of their disease, while he that fears each wound as mortal, seeks a timely cure, and is healed.
Said Plautus, who was one of the wits of his time, "I would have tale-bearers and tale-hearers punished—the one hanging by the tongue, the other by the ears." Were his will a law, many a tattling gossip would have her vowels turned to mutes, and be justly tongue-tied.
I may hear a tale with delight, and perhaps smile at an innocent jest, but I will not jest, nor joy at a tale disgracing an innocent person.