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No man is so learned but he may be taught; neither is any one so illiterate but he may teach.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

The mind is nothing less than a garden of inestimable value which man should strive to cultivate.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

While bars and bolts may baffle the thief, virtue alone will defeat the slanderer.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

Keen adversity is the best crucible in which to try a man's integrity.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

Religion is a sovereign balm to the penitent; but burning coals to the scoffer.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

To awake a woman's curiosity is to make her pliable.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

As the diamond is among precious stones, even so is the Bible among books.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

As large trees are not the most productive, neither are wealthy men the most liberal.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

The difference between a wise and foolish man is this--the former sees much, thinks much, and speaks little; but the latter speaks more than he either sees or thinks.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

When the hour of adversity arrives, when false friends are scattered, when we are moving through the keen atmosphere of selfishness, then it is that the virtuous wife, like an angel of light, shines with peculiar lustre.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

When an intimate friend turns from us, we often find him the most inveterate enemy.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

Poor is the man who can boast of nothing more than gold.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

Never respect men merely for their riches; but rather for their philanthropy: we do not value the sun for its height, but for its use.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

As a crowded stomach retards digestion, so does prosperity retard charity.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

The shade of faith and the cloak of true godliness is the best equipage for the storm of adversity.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

For one to admire a woman merely for her beauty, is to love the building for its exterior; but to love one for the greatness of her soul, is to appreciate the tenement for its intrinsic value.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

The contrast which exists between the abstemious man and the drunkard is this--the former governs his affairs, but the affairs of the latter govern him.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

From the magnitude of the brilliant and its properties, the jeweller may arrive at its value; but who can comprehend fully the preciousness of man's soul, except the God who gave it, and the Saviour who died in agony, to redeem it.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

Those who cannot keep their own secrets ought not to be entrusted with the secrets of others.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

As a good tree produces good fruit; even so does a virtuous soul produce pure thoughts.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

Gold is the key to society; but poverty its barrier.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

Many clouds do not always produce heavy showers, neither do the hasty promises of fickle men yield us much good.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

Men possessing small souls are generally the authors of great evil.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

Marriage is the comfort of the considerate and prudent; but the torment of the inconsiderate and self-willed.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

As an orchard when manured produces pleasant trees and luscious fruit, so does a cultivated mind produce pure thoughts and noble actions.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

The dog who barks the loudest is not always the best watcher, neither are braggadocios the most valiant.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

It is easier to make a glass tube pliable than to convince an obstinate woman she is in fault.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

Power will accomplish much, but perseverence more.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

As the furnace purifies the silver, so does charity rid wealth of its dross.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

A wise man is he who keeps his own secrets.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

Sauce maketh palatable the dish of the epicure; even so doth religion sweeten the bitter cup of adversity to the Christian.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

To pray without faith is to make a small fire while it is raining heavily.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

Birds of fine plumage are not the best songsters; neither are comely women the most virtuous.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

As the snow before the sun, even so is a polished lie before the naked truth.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

Beautiful peaches are not always the best flavored; neither are handsome women the most amiable.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

Religion is the clearest telescope through which we can behold the beauties of creation, and the good of our Creator.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

As a storm conceals the glories of the sun and defaces the beauty of the landscape, even so do maddening passions deform the soul, bearing along with their impetuous waves both pestilence and death.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

While the wish of many individuals is to arrive at heaven, we daily behold them on the way to hell.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

It is good for a man to repent of his sins; but better for him had he never sinned.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

Pleasure is the sun of the morning, the cloud of the meridian, and the storm of the evening.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

To receive an injury is to be wounded; but to forgive and forget it is the cure.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

Would men take the same care of their souls as they do of their bodies, we should find our churches as thronged upon the Sabbath, as our markets are upon a Saturday.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

Judge nothing by the appearance. The more beautiful the serpent, the more fatal its sting.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

Flattery is refined deception--it is the froth of language--it is the alcohol of social intercourse--it is the prescription of the subtle--and the nectar of fools.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

As a fish out of his native element, so is the fool in the society of the wise.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

Law without justice is a wound without a cure.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

Prosperity gathers smiles, while adversity scatters them.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

As a grim skull lies covered beneath the fairest face; so does an abyss of torment lie beneath the surface of the glittering sea of sensual pleasure and dissipation.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

Women's eyes have pierced more hearts than ever did the bullets of war.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

To keep your own secrets is wisdom; but to expect others to keep them is folly.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

The hearer of God's word is a tree planted; but the doer is a fruitful one.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

It is better to drink the wine of industry from an earthen cup, than the wine of indolence from a silver tankard.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

As an intoxicating drink is to a toper, so is flattery to a fool.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

Most fashionable ladies are as diamonds because they are more costly than useful.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

Never be angry with your neighbor because his religious views differ from your own; for all the branches of a tree to not lean the same way.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

As salt savors the broth, so does labor give a relish to pleasure.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

The seas are not still while the winds blow; neither can a man be spiritually alive while his affections are upon the earth.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

We do not behold the beauty of God merely in his work of creation, but more so in the stupendous one of redemption.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, attributed, Day's Collacon

The difference between a puppy and a fool is this--the one is born blind and continues so for nine days only, while the other remains with his eyes shut all his life.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs


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