I thank Thee first because I was never robbed before; second, because although they took my purse they did not take my life; third, because although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth because it was I who was robbed, and not I who robbed.
Though we cannot by our prayers give God any information, yet we must by our prayers give him honor.
We read of preaching the Word out of season, but we do not read of praying out of season, for that is never out of season.
Prayer time must be kept up as duly as meal-time.
It is good for us to keep some account of our prayers, that we may not unsay them in our practice.
God's promises are to be our pleas in prayer.
The fear of God reigning in the heart is the beauty of the soul.
Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces.
Men cannot expect to do ill and fare well, but to find that done to them which they did to others.
Those who complain most are most to be complained of.
Many mourn for their sins that do not truly repent of them, weep bitterly for them, and yet continue in love and league with them.
Sanctified afflictions are spiritual promotions.
So great was the extremity of his pain and anguish, that he did not only sigh but roar.
It is common for those that are farthest from God, to boast themselves most of their being near to the Church.
Many a dangerous temptation comes to us in gay, fine colours, that are but skin-deep.
They have most satisfaction in themselves, and consequently the sweetest relish of their creature comforts.
It is not fit the public trusts should be lodged in the hands of any, till they are first proved and found fit for the business they are to be entrusted with.
They that die by famine die by inches.
Those that go gold into the furnace will come out no worse.