Robert South

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Robert South

Robert South (4 September 1634 – 8 July 1716) was an English churchman.


  • For he that is a good man, is three quarters of his way towards the being a good Christian, wheresoever he lives, or whatsoever he is called.
    • Sermon, Why Christ's Doctrine was Rejected.
  • No man's religion ever survives his morals.
    • Sermon preached at Christ-Church, Oxon. (17 October 1675).
  • Action is the highest perfection and drawing forth the utmost power, vigor, and activity of man's nature.
    • Sermon preach at St. Marys, December 10, 1661, in Twelve Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions (1727), Vol. 3, p. 140
  • 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.
    • "On the Danger of Presumptuous Sins", in Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions (1727), Vol. 3, p. 291.

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

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

  • Of covetousness, we may truly say that it makes' both the Alpha and Omega in the devil's alphabet, and that it is the first vice in corrupt nature which moves, and the last which dies.
    • P. 167.
  • The covetous person lives as if the world were made altogether for him, and not he for the world.
    • P. 167.
  • A man's life is an appendix to his heart.
    • P. 315.
  • There never was any heart truly great and generous that was not also tender and compassionate.
    • P. 578.

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