Francis Quarles Quotes

Obedience to truth known, is the king’s highway to that which is still beyond us.

If thou neglectest thy love to thy neighbor, in vain thou professest thy love to God; for by thy love to God, the love to thy neighbor is begotten, and by the love to thy neighbor, thy love to God is nourished.

Before thou reprehend another, take heed thou are not culpable in what thou goest about to reprehend. He that cleanses a blot with blotted fingers makes a greater blur.

Be wisely worldly be not worldly wise.

The way to bliss lies not on beds of down, And he that had no cross deserves no crown.

My mouth’s no dictionary; it only serves as the needful interpreter of my heart.

He that takes time to resolve, gives leisure to deny, and warning to prepare.

Proportion thy charity to the strength of thy estate, lest God proportion thy estate to the weakness of thy charity. Let the lips of the poor be the trumpet of thy gift, lest in seeking applause thou lose thy reward. Nothing is more pleasing to God than an open hand and a closed mouth.

Socrates called beauty a short-lived tyranny; Plato, a privilege of nature; Theophrastus, a silent cheat; Theocritus, a delightful prejudice; Carneades, a solitary kingdom; Aristotle, that it was better than all the letters of recommendation in the world; Homer, that it was a glorious gift of nature; and Ovid, that it was favor bestowed by the […]

The fountain of beauty is the heart, and every generous thought illustrates the walls of your chamber.