Owen Feltham

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Owen Feltham (1602 – February 23, 1668) was an English writer, author of a popular book in his day entitled Resolves, Divine, Moral, and Political (c. 1620), containing 146 short essays.


Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895)[edit]

Quotes reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895).

  • He that always waits upon God is ready whenever He calls. Neglect not to set your accounts even; he is a happy man who to lives as that death at all times may find him at leisure to die.
    • P. 180.
  • Of all trees, I observe God hath chosen the vine, a low plant that creeps upon the helpful wall; of all beasts, the soft and patient lamb; of all fowls, the mild and guileless dove. Christ is the rose of the field, and the lily of the valley. When God appeared to Moses, it was not in the lofty cedar nor the sturdy oak nor the spreading palm; but in a bush, a humble, slender, abject shrub; as if He would, by these elections, check the conceited arrogance of man.
    • P. 333.
  • Meditation is the soul's perspective glass, whereby, in her long remove, she discerneth God, as if He were nearer at hand.
    • P. 406.
  • Negligence is the rust of the soul that corrodes through all her best resolves.
    • P. 434.
  • Show me the man who would go to heaven alone if he could, and I will show you one who will never be admitted there.
    • P. 535.
  • Should the memory of the world but fall asleep, what a fair of mad beasts would the earth be! And surely much the madder for the tongue; since he that forgets himself in his tongue gives another cause to remember him either with neglect or offence. In all that does belong to man, you cannot find a greater wonder. What a treasury of all things in the life of man! What a record, what journal of all!
  • Some are so uncharitable as to think all women bad: and others are so credulous, as they believe they all are good. At first, woman was created man s equal; the difference was in the sex: other wise, they both were Man. If we argue from the text, that male and female made man: and so the man being put first, was worthier; I answer, so the evening and the morning were the first day: yet few will think, the night the better.

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