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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Ralph Venning
 
  All the beauty of the world, ’tis but skin deep.  1
  As a Christian should do no injuries to others, so he should forgive the injuries that others do to him. It is to be like God, who is a good-giving God, and a sin-forgiving God.  2
  I have read of a glass kept in an idol temple in Smyrna that would make beautiful things appear deformed, and deformed things appear beautiful; carnal sense is such a glass to wicked men, it makes heavenly things which are beautiful to appear deformed, and earthly things which are deformed to appear beautiful.  3
  Late repentance is seldom true, but true repentance is never too late.  4
  Success at first doth many times undo men at last.  5
  The Hebrews have a saying that God is more delighted in adverbs than in nouns; it is not so much the matter that is done, but the matter how it is done, that God minds. Not how much, but how well! It is the well-doing that meets with a well-done. Let us therefore serve God, not nominally or verbally, but adverbially.  6
  To maintain an opinion because it is thine, and not because it is true, is to prefer thyself above the truth.  7
  Virtue and vice are both prophets; the first, of certain good; the second, of pain or else of penitence.  8
  Worldly riches are like nuts; many clothes are torn in getting them, many a tooth broke in cracking them, but never a belly filled with eating them.  9
 
 
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