Quotes by Jeremy Collier

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Jeremy Collier (1650-1726) was an English bishop. He was a supporter of James II, and refused to take the oath of allegiance to William and Mary after the Glorious Revolution.

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Everyone has a fair turn to be as great as he pleases.

Perpetual pushing and assurance put a difficulty out of countenance and make a seeming difficulty give way.
As the language of the face is universal, so 'tis very comprehensive; no laconism can reach it: 'Tis the short hand of the mind, and crowds a great deal in a little room
Idleness is an inlet to disorder, and makes way for licentiousness. People who have nothing to do are quickly tired of their own company.
How many feasible projects have miscarried through despondency, and been strangled in their birth by a cowardly imagination.
True courage is a result of reasoning. A brave mind is always impregnable.
People who have nothing to do are quickly tired of their own company.
Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought -- asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation.