Self-knowledge: A Treatise Shewing the Nature and Benefit of that Important Science, and the Way to Attain it : Intermixed with Various Reflections and Observations on Human Nature

Bonsal & Niles, 1801 - 164 páginas
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Página 99 - Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
Página 137 - ... upon us ; whether the actions they celebrate proceed from laudable and worthy motives ; and how far we are really possessed of the virtues which gain us applause among those with whom we converse.
Página 53 - Christ told them, that they knew not what manner of spirit they were of; Luke ix.
Página 54 - These are the inlets of prejudice, the unguarded avenues of the mind, by which a thousand errors and secret faults find admission, without being observed or taken notice of.
Página 71 - Banish all malignant and revengeful thoughts. A spirit of revenge is the very spirit of the devil; than which nothing makes a man more like him, and nothing can be more opposite to the temper which Christianity was designed to promote. If your revenge be not satisfied, it will give you torment now; if it be, it will give you greater hereafter. None is a greater self-tormentor, than a malicious and revengeful man, who turns the poison of his own temper in upon himself. The Christian precept in this...
Página 78 - I shall conclude with this one observation more; that it is a very dangerous thing to think, as too many are apt to do, that it is a matter of indifference what thoughts they entertain in their hearts, since the reason of things concurs with the testimony of the holy Scripture to assure us, ' That the allowed thought of foolishness is sin.
Página 82 - ... displacency in reference to the objects of the mind. And this, in the kind of it, is as common to men as human nature; but as much diversified in individuals, as men's other inclinations are, that are most fixed, and least apt to admit of change.
Página 82 - One sort do more savour prayer by a foreknown form ; another, that which hath more of surprise, by a grateful variety of unexpected expressions. And it can neither be universally said, it is a better judgment, or more grace, that determines men the one way or the other; but somewhat in the temper of their minds, distinct from both, which I know not how better to express, than by mental taste, the acts whereof (as the objects are suitable or unsuitable) are relishing or disrelishing, liking or disliking:...
Página 77 - But, if he frequently and delightfully exercise his mind in divine contemplations, it will not only be a good mark of his sincerity, but will habitually dispose it for the reception of the best and most useful thoughts, and fit it for the noblest entertainments.
Página 136 - ... diminution of the other. Plutarch has written an essay on the benefits which a man may receive from his enemies ; and, among the good fruits of enmity, mentions this in particular, that by the reproaches which it casts upon us we see the worst side of ourselves, and open our eyes to several blemishes and defects in our lives and conversations which we should not have observed without the help of such ill-natured monitors.

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