Fragments for the Mind
The barren fig-tree was not cursed because it bore bitter fruit, but because it bore no fruit.
Reviling may be less common and less polite, but it is not more wicked than flattery.
To be cast down by undeserved censure or elevated by unmerited compliment, is alike proof of weakness.
A wronged creditor, a
neglected wife, a slandered neighbor, and a guilty conscience, are four things whose presence give great pain.
The chief things proven by him who professes to be perfect, are ignorance of himself, 1John i,8, and
ignorance of God, Job xl,5,6.
No folly can compare with spiritual folly, no blindness can equal spiritual blindness, no losses are like spiritual losses, no judgments are so terrible as spiritual judgments.
who prayeth that he may not be burned, and then runneth into the fire; so is he that saith, "Lead me not into temptation," and then, without necessity, subjects his principles to trial.
In contests among men,
the party doing the most wrong is commonly harder to be reconciled than he who has suffered most wrong. The reason is, he hath a quarrel with himself, which makes him doubly irritable.
To be impatient of reproof,
weary of deeds of piety once delighted in, fond of works of taste to the neglect of the scriptures, and severe in judging another man's conduct, are among the darkest signs in the lives of some who otherwise seem to be
Some of the best men have left the world bitterly reproaching themselves for two things: lack of zeal and lack of industry in the improvement of time.