August 31, 2009
Commonplace Book

“They are not skilful considerers of human things who imagine to remove sin by removing the matter of sin … Though ye take from a covetous man all his treasure he has yet one jewel left, ye can not bereave him of his covetousness. Banish all objects of lust, shut up all youth into the severest discipline that can be exercised in any hermitage, ye can not make them chaste, that came not thither so … a dram of well-being should be preferred before many times as much the forcible hindrance of evil-doing. For God sure esteems the growth and completing of one virtuous person, more than the restraint of ten vicious.”
John Milton
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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at August 31, 2009 04:10 PM
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