Quotes by Benjamin Stillingfleet

Benjamin Stillingfleet

British botanist, translator and author

Alive from: 1702-1771

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    Astrological prayers seem to me to be built on as good reason as the predictions.
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    Each moss, Each shell, each drawling insect, holds a rank Important in the plan of Him who fram'd This scale of beings; holds a rack which, lost Would break the chain, and leave behind a gap Which Nature's self would rue.
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    Kircher lays it down as a certain principle, that there never was any people so rude which did not acknowledge and worship one supreme Deity.
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    Nothing enlarges the gulf of atheism more than the wide passage that lies between the faith and lives of men pretending to teach Christianity.
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    Philosophers and common heathen believed one God, to whom all things were referred; but under this God they worshipped many inferior and subservient gods.
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    Prayer among men is supposed a means to change the person to whom we pray; but prayer to God doth not change him, but fits us to receive the things prayed for.
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    Sincerity and honesty carry one through many difficulties which all the arts he can invent would never help him through.
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    Spite of all the fools that pride has made, 'Tis not on man a useless burthen laid; Pride has ennobled some, and some disgraced; It hurts not in itself, but as 'tis placed; When right, its views know none but virtue's bound; When wrong, it scarcely looks one inch around.
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    Tis good nature only wins the heart It moulds the body to an easy grace And brightens every feature of the face; It smoothes th' unpolish'd tongue with eloquence And adds persuasion to the finest sense.
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