The Arabians have a saying, that it is not good to jest with God, death, or the devil; for the first neither can nor will be mocked; the second mocks all men one time or another; and the third puts an eternal sarcasm on those that are too familiar with him.
Calamity is man’s true touchstone.
Tell me not of the fire and the worm, and the blackness and darkness of hell. — To my terrified conscience there is hell enough in this representation of it, that it is the common sewer of all that is abominable and abandoned and reckless as to principle, and depraved as to morals, the one common eddy where all things that are polluted and wretched and filthy are gathered together.
Envy, like the worm, never runs but to the fairest fruit; like a cunning blood hound, it singles out the fattest deer in the flock. — Abraham’s riches were the Philistines’ envy, and Jacob’s blessings had Esau’s hatred.
Interest makes some people blind, and others quick-sighted.
The true way to gain much, is never to desire to gain too much. He is not rich that possesses much, but he that covets no more; and he is not poor that enjoys little, but he that wants too much.
Topics: Gratitude, Wealth, Appreciation, Blessings
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