Top Quotes from Robert South

Guilt upon the conscience, like rust upon iron, both defiles and consumes it, gnawing and creeping into it, as that does which at last eats out the very heart and substance of the metal.

Robert South

Innocence is like polished armor; it adorns and defends.

Robert South

If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.

Robert South

Defeat should never be a source of discouragement but rather a fresh stimulus.

Robert South

In all worldly things that a man pursues with the greatest eagerness he finds not half the pleasure in the possession that he proposed to himself in the expectation.

Robert South

Problems can become opportunities when the right people come together.

Robert South

Speech was given to the ordinary sort or men, whereby to communicate their mind; but to wise men, whereby to conceal it.

Robert South

Loquacity storms the ear, but modesty takes the heart.

Robert South

The mind begins to boggle at unnatural substances as things paradoxical and incomprehensible.

Robert South

An Aristotle was but the rubbish of an Adam, and Athens but the rudiments of Paradise.

Robert South

Abstinence is the great strengthener and clearer of reason.

Robert South

Wonder is from surprise, and surprise stops with experience.

Robert South

Action is the highest perfection and drawing forth of the utmost power, vigor, and activity of man’s nature.

Robert South

Most of the appearance of mirth in the world is not mirth, it is art. The wounded spirit is not seen, but walks under a disguise.

Robert South

Passion is the drunkenness of the mind.

Robert South

It is idleness that creates impossibilities; and where people don’t care to do anything, they shelter themselves under a permission that it cannot be done.

Robert South

Truth will lose its credit, if delivered by a person that has none.

Robert South

Anger is a transient hatred; or at least very like it.

Robert South

God afflicts with the mind of a father, and kills for no other purpose but that he may raise again.

Robert South

It is the work of fancy to enlarge, but of judgment to shorten and contract; and therefore this must be as far above the other as judgment is a greater and nobler faculty than fancy or imagination.

Robert South

Novelty is the great parent of pleasure.

Robert South

Similes prove nothing, but yet greatly lighten and relieve the tedium of argument.

Robert South

The seven wise men of Greece, so famous for their wisdom all the world over, acquired all that fame, each of them, by a single sentence consisting of two or three words.

Robert South

Let a man be but in earnest in praying against a temptation as the tempter is in pressing it, and he needs not proceed by a surer measure.

Robert South

God expects from men something more than at such times, and that it were much to be wished for the credit of their religion as well as the satisfaction of their conscience that their Easter devotions would in some measure come up to their Easter dress.

Robert South

Folly enlarges men’s desires while it lessens their capacities.

Robert South