Whatever you are from nature, keep to it;
never desert your own line of talent.
Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed;
be anything else, and you will be ten thousand times worse than nothing.
For Gods sake, do not drag me into another war! I am worn down, and worn out, with crusading and defending Europe, and protecting mankind; I must think a little of myself.
Men, whose trade is rat-catching, love to catch rats; the bug destroyer seizes on his bug with delight; and the suppressor is gratified by finding his vice.
Never give way to melancholy; resist it steadily, for the habit will encroach.
Most men want knowledge, not for itself, but for the superiority which knowledge confers; and the means they employ to secure this superiority are as wrong as the ultimate object, for no man can ever end with being superior, who will not begin with being inferior.
Topics: Knowledge, Power
- Richard Hooker English Anglican Priest
- William Ralph Inge English Anglican Clergyman
- William Cowper English Anglican Poet
- Beilby Porteus English Anglican Reformer
- John Wilkins English Anglican Clergyman
- Frances Ridley Havergal English Anglican Poet
- Jeremy Collier English Anglican Theater Critic
- William Croswell Doane American Anglican Hymn writer
- Daniel Defoe English Writer
- Thomas de Quincey English Essayist, Writer