Thomas Sprat quotes

  • What you dislike in another take care to correct in yourself.
    -- Thomas Sprat

    #Self Improvement #Care #Dislike

  • Forever all goodness will be most charming; forever all wickedness will be most odious.
    -- Thomas Sprat

    #Forever #Wickedness #Goodness

  • In all works of liberality something more is to be considered besides the occasion of the givers; and that is the occasion of the receivers.
    -- Thomas Sprat

    #Charity #Giver #Occasions

  • It is always esteemed the greatest mischief a man can do to those whom he loves, to raise men's expectations of them too high by undue and impertinent commendations.
    -- Thomas Sprat

    #Men #Expectations #Praise

  • Are we not to pity and supply the poor, though they have no relation to us? No relation? That cannot be. The Gospel styles them all our brethren.
    -- Thomas Sprat

    #Style #Pity #Poor

  • All false practices and affections of knowledge are more odious to God, and deserve to be so to men, than any want or defect of knowledge can be.
    -- Thomas Sprat

    #Men #Practice #Want

  • A great proportion of the wretchedness which has embittered married life, has originated in a negligence of trifles.
    -- Thomas Sprat

    #Married #Proportion #Trifles

  • Invention is an Heroic thing, and plac'd above the reach of a low, and vulgar Genius. It requires an active, a bold, a nimble, a restless mind: a thousand difficulties must be contemn'd with which a mean heart would be broken: many attempts must be made to no purpose: much Treasure must sometimes be scatter'd without any return: much violence, and vigour of thoughts must attend it: some irregularities, and excesses must be granted it, that would hardly be pardon'd by the severe Rules of Prudence.
    -- Thomas Sprat

    #Heart #Mean #Science

  • Passion is the great mover and spring of the soul. When men’s passions are strongest, they may have great and noble effects; but they are then also apt to fall into the greatest miscarriages.
    -- Thomas Sprat

    #Spring #Fall #Miscarriage

  • [In the Royal Society, there] has been, a constant Resolution, to reject all the amplifications, digressions, and swellings of style: to return back to the primitive purity, and shortness, when men deliver'd so many things, almost in an equal number of words. They have exacted from all their members, a close, naked, natural way of speaking; positive expressions; clear senses; a native easiness: bringing all things as near the Mathematical plainness, as they can: and preferring the language of Artizans, Countrymen, and Merchants, before that, of Wits, or Scholars.
    -- Thomas Sprat

    #Men #Expression #Numbers

  • Greediness of getting more deprives... the enjoyment of what it had got.
    -- Thomas Sprat

    #Enjoyment #Greediness

  • ...they have never affirm'd any thing, concerning the Cause, till the Trial was past: whereas, to do it before, is a most venomous thing in the making of Sciences; for whoever has fix'd on his Cause, before he experimented; can hardly avoid fitting his Experiment to his Observations, to his own Cause, which he had before imagin'd; rather than the Cause to the Truth of the Experiment itself. Referring to experiments of the Aristotelian mode, whereby a preconceived truth would be illustrated merely to convince people of the validity of the original thought.
    -- Thomas Sprat

    #Past #People #Original Thought

  • Do not too many believe no zeal to be spiritual but what is censorious or vindictive? Whereas no zeal is spiritual that is not also charitable.
    -- Thomas Sprat

    #Spiritual #Believe #Vindictive