44 Owen Feltham Quotes

  • "A sentence well couched takes both the sense and the understanding. I love not those cart-rope speeches that are longer than the memory of man can measure."

    - Owen Feltham
    Topics: Reasoning


  • "It is not fit that every man should travel; it makes a wise man better, and a fool worse."

    - Owen Feltham
    Topics: Character, Foolishness


  • "Praise has different effects, according to the mind it meets with; it makes a wise man modest, but a fool more arrogant, turning his weak brain giddy."

    - Owen Feltham
    Topics: Praise, Foolishness, Modesty


  • "Irresolution is a worse vice than rashness. He that shoots best may sometimes miss the mark; but he that shoots not at all can never hit it. Irresolution loosens all the joints of a state; like an ague, it shakes not this nor that limb, but all the body is at once in a fit. The irresolute man is lifted from one place to another; so hatcheth nothing, but addles all his actions."

    - Owen Feltham
    Topics: Stubbornness


  • "Gold is the fool's curtain, which hides all his defects from the world."

    - Owen Feltham
    Topics: Finances, Foolishness


  • "He, who always waits upon God, is ready whensoever he calls. He is a happy man who so lives that death at all times may find him at leisure to die."

    - Owen Feltham
    Topics: Obedience


  • "To go to law is for two persons to kindle a fire, at their own cost, to warm others and singe themselves to cinders; and because they cannot agree as to what is truth and equity, they will both agree to unplume themselves that others may be decorated with their feathers."

    - Owen Feltham
    Topics: Justice, Truth


  • "Laughter should dimple the cheek, not furrow the brow. A jest should be such that all shall be able to join in the laugh which it occasions; but if it bears hard upon one of the company, like the crack of a string, it makes a stop in the music."

    - Owen Feltham
    Topics: Character, Laughter


  • "He who would be singular in his apparel had need have something superlative to balance that affectation."

    - Owen Feltham
    Topics: Character


  • "Show me the man who would go to heaven alone, and I will show you one who will never be admitted there."

    - Owen Feltham
    Topics: Heaven


  • "Riches, though they may reward virtue, cannot cause it. He is much more noble who deserves a benefit than he who bestows one."

    - Owen Feltham
    Topics: Finances


  • "Prevention is the best bridle."

    - Owen Feltham
    Topics: Reasoning


  • "To trust God when we have securities in our iron chest is easy, but not thankworthy; but to depend on him for what we cannot see, as it is more hard for man to do, so it is more acceptable to God."

    - Owen Feltham
    Topics: Gratitude, Trust


  • "Discontents are sometimes the better part of our life. I know not which is the most useful. Joy I may choose for pleasure; but adversities are the best for profit; and sometimes these do so far help me, that I should, without them, want much of the joy I have."

    - Owen Feltham
    Topics: Discontentment, Adversity, Joy


  • "He that despairs degrades the Deity, and seems to intimate that He is insufficient, or not just to his word; in vain hath he read the Scriptures, the world, and man."

    - Owen Feltham
    Topics: Scripture



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