Daniel Defoe

Born: September 13, 1660

Die: April 24, 1731

Occupation: Writer

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Daniel Defoe

Great families of yesterday we show, And lords, whose parents were the Lord knows who.

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Today we love what tomorrow we hate, today we seek what tomorrow we shun, today we desire what tomorrow we fear, nay, even tremble at the apprehensions of.

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I hear much of people's calling out to punish the guilty, but very few are concerned to clear the innocent.

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The height of human wisdom is to bring our tempers down to our circumstances, and to make a calm within, under the weight of the greatest storm without.

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Wherever God erects a house of prayer the Devil always builds a chapel there; And 't will be found, upon examination, the latter has the largest congregation.

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Call upon me in the Day of Trouble, and I will deliver, and thou shalt glorify me...Wait on the Lord, and be of good Cheer, and he shall strengthen thy Heart; wait, I say, on the Lord:' It is impossible...

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Daniel Defoe

All men would be tyrants if they could.

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In trouble to be troubled, Is to have your trouble doubled.

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As covetousness is the root of all evil, so poverty is the worst of all snares.

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Now, said I aloud, My dear Father's Words are come to pass: God's Justice has overtaken me, and I have none to help or hear me: I rejected the Voice of Providence.

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As I had once done thus in my breaking away from my Parents, so I could not be content now, but I must go and leave the happy View I had of being a rich and thriving Man in my new Plantation, only to pursue...

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No shoots, says Friday, no yet, me shoot now, me no kill; me stay, give you one more laugh.

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It happen'd one Day about Noon going towards my Boat, I was exceedingly surpriz'd with the Print of a Man's naked Foot on the Shore.

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Alas the Church of England! What with Popery on one hand, and schismatics on the other, how has she been crucified between two thieves!

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Daniel Defoe

Things as certain as death and taxes, can be more firmly believed.

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Actions receive their tincture from the times, And as they change are virtues made or crimes

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The best of men cannot suspend their fate; The good die early, and the bad die late.

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In trouble to be troubled, Is to have your trouble doubled! [People who get upset and worried at the first sign of misfortune are only making their situation worse and thereby doubling their troubles....

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The Dutch must be understood as they really are, the Middle Persons in Trade, the Factors and Brokers of Europe... they buy to sell again, take in to send out again, and the greatest Part of their vast...

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Self-destruction is the effect of cowardice in the highest extreme.

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It is better to have a lion at the head of an army of sheep, than a sheep at the head of an army of lions.

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All our discontents about what we want appeared to spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have.

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The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.

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An Englishman will fairly drink as much As will maintain two families of Dutch.

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I have often thought of it as one of the most barbarous customs in the world, considering us as a civilized and a Christian country, that we deny the advantages of learning to women.

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Vice came in always at the door of necessity, not at the door of inclination.

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Nature has left this tincture in the blood, That all men would be tyrants if they could.

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In their religion they are so uneven, That each man goes his own byway to heaven.

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For sudden Joys, like Griefs, confound at first.

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Those people cannot enjoy comfortably what God has given them because they see and covet what He has not given them. All of our discontents for what we want appear to me to spring from want of thankfulness...

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I have since often observed, how incongruous and irrational the common temper of mankind is, especially of youth ... that they are not ashamed to sin, and yet are ashamed to repent; not ashamed of the...

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All the good things of the world are no further good to us than as they are of use; and of all we may heap up we enjoy only as much as we can use, and no more.

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Daniel Defoe

'Tis no sin to cheat the devil.

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...in the course of our lives, the evil which in itself we seek most to shun, and which, when we are fallen into, is the most dreadful to us, is oftentimes the very means or door of our deliverance, by...

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Redemption from sin is greater then redemption from affliction.

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Justice is always violent to the party offending, for every man is innocent in his own eyes.

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And of all plagues with which mankind are curst, Ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.

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It is never too late to be wise.

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I smil'd to my self at the sight of this money, O drug! said I aloud, what art thou good for? Thou art not worth to me, no not the taking off of the ground, one of those knives is worth all this heap,...

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Thus fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself when apparent to the eyes ; and we find the burden of anxiety greater, by much, than the evil which we are anxious about : ...

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Thus we never see the true state of our condition till it is illustrated to us by its contraries, nor know how to value what we enjoy, but by the want of it.

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It put me upon reflecting how little repining there would be among mankind at any condition of life, if people would rather compare their condition with those that were worse, in order to be thankful,...

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This grieved me heartily ; and now I saw, though too late, the folly of beginning a work before we count the cost, and before we judge rightly of our own strength to go through with it.

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I learned to look more upon the bright side of my condition, and less upon the dark side, and to consider what I enjoyed, rather than what I wanted : and this gave me sometimes such secret comforts, that...

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These reflections made me very sensible of the goodness of Providence to me, and very thankful for my present condition, with all its hardships and misfortunes ; and this part also I cannot but recommend...

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I know not what to call this, nor will I urge that it is a secret, overruling decree, that hurries us on to be the instruments of our own destruction, even though it be before us, and that we rush upon...

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All evils are to be considered with the good that is in them, and with what worse attends them.

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I could not forbear getting up to the top of a little mountain, and looking out to sea, in hopes of seeing a ship : then fancy that, at a vast distance, I spied a sail, please myself with the hopes of...

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I saw the Cloud, though I did not foresee the Storm.

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He that hath truth on his side is a fool as well as a coward if he is afraid to own it because fo other mens's opinions.

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Tis very strange men should be so fond of being wickeder than they are.

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Expect nothing and you'll always be surprised

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He look'd a little disorder'd, when he said this, but I did not apprehend any thing from it at that time, believing as it us'd to be said, that they who do those things never talk of them; or that they...

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I am giving an account of what was, not of what ought or ought not to be.

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Necessity makes an honest man a knave.

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Not the man in the moon, not the groaning-board, not the speaking of friar Bacon's brazen- head, not the inspiration of mother Shipton, or the miracles of Dr. Faustus, things as certain as death and taxes,...

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And I add this part here, to hint to whoever shall read it, that whenever they come to a true Sense of things, they will find Deliverance from Sin a much greater Blessing than Deliverance from Affliction.

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Pride, the first peer and president of Hell.

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Fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself.

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I had been tricked once by that Cheat called love, but the Game was over...

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