C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


  • Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks,
  • And look well to thy herds:
  • For riches are not forever;
  • And doth the crown endure unto all generations?
  • The hay is carried, and the tender grass showeth itself,
  • And the herbs of the mountain are gathered in.
  • The lambs are for thy clothing,
  • And the goats are the price of the field;
  • And there will be goat’s milk enough for thy food,
  • For the food of thy household;
  • And maintenance for thy maidens.
  • The day is Thine, the night also is Thine;
  • Thou hast prepared the light and the sun,
  • Thou hast set all the borders of the earth,
  • Thou hast made summer and winter.
  • A friend loveth at all times; and a brother is born for adversity.

    A good name is better than precious ointment.

    A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.

    A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.

    A merry heart doeth good like a medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

    A proverb and a byword among all people.

    A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart is at his left.

    A word spoken in due season, how good is it!

    Again he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, “To-day, after so long a time; as it is said, To-day if ye will hear his voice harden not your hearts.”

    Agree with thine adversary quickly while thou art in the way with him.

    All go into one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

    All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

    All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.

    All things are double, one against another. Good is set against evil, and life against death; so is the godly against the sinner, and the sinner against the godly. Look upon all the works of the Most High, and there are two and two, one against another.

    All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.

    And God called the light day.

    And God said, Let there be light! and there was light.

    And he went out not knowing whither he went.

    And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.

    And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

    And it came to pass while He blessed them, He was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.

    And lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

    And maketh the clouds his chariot, and walketh upon the wings of the wind.

    And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

    And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear.

    And they brought young children to Him, that He should touch them; and His disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And He took them up in His arms, put His hands upon them, and blessed them.

    And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

    And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin.

    As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.

    Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.

    Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another.

    Be not deceived; evil communications corrupt good manners.

    Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

    Be not righteous overmuch.

    Be not wise in your own conceits.

    Be pitiful, be courteous.

    Be sure your sin will find you out.

    Be thou of good cheer.

    Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

    Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world!

    Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth.

    Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

    Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

    Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

    Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.

    Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.

    Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    Blessed be the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

    Boast not thyself of to-morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

    But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.

    By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honor, and life.

    By sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

    Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

    Canst thou thunder with a voice like him?

    Cast thy bread upon the waters; for thou shalt find it after many days.

    Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not: charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is of easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in inquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

    Choose you this day whom ye shall serve.

    Covetousness, which is idolatry.

    Darkness which may be felt.

    Death and life are in the power of the tongue.

    Drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.

    Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise.

    Every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

    Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

    Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

    Fear not; for I am with thee.

    Fight the good fight.

    For charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

    For God is love.

    For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.

    For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.

    For the fashion of this world passeth away.

    For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow.

    For we must all appear before the judgment-seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

    Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.

    God is a spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.

    Godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

    Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend.

    Happy is the man that findest wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding: for the merchandise of it in better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her; and happy is every one that retaineth her.

    He giveth His beloved sleep.

    He hath made the earth by His power, He hath established the world by His wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by His discretion.

    He heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.

    He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good.

    He maketh the deep to boil like a pot.

    He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth.

    He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

    He that hath knowledge spareth his words.

    He that increaseth knowledge increases sorrow.

    He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city.

    He that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

    He that ruleth his spirit is better than he that taketh a city.

    He that shall endure unto the end the same shall be saved.

    He that toucheth pitch shall be defiled therewith.

    He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth.

    Heaven—it is God’s throne. The earth—it is His footstool.

    Her sun is gone down while it is yet day.

    Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His son to be the propitiation for our sins.

    His enemies shall lick the dust.

    His hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him.

    Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

    Hope deferred maketh the heart sick.

    How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings!

    How forcible are right words!

    I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

    I am the light of the world.

    I have learned in whatsoever state I am therewith to be content.

    I have seen an end of all perfection.

    I looked, and behold a pale horse; and his name that sat on him was Death.

    I pray not for the world, but for them which Thou hast given me.

    I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.

    I would seek unto God and unto God would I commit my cause.

    If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.

    If one know them they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.

    If thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

    If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.

    If ye forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you.

    In His love and in His pity he redeemed them.

    It is not good that the man should be alone.

    It is the Lord: let Him do what seemeth Him good.

    Jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

    Keep thou the door of my lips.

    Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.

    Labor not to be rich;***for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

    Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.

    Let all things be done decently and in order.

    Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth: a stranger, and not thine own lips.

    Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.

    Let not the sun go down upon your wrath!

    Let the dead bury their dead.

    Let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

    Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.

    Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, and ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

    Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his color in the cup, when it moveth itself aright; at the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.

    Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?

    Love is strong as death. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.

    Love is the fulfilling of the law.

    Man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward.

    Man is the image and glory of God, but the woman is the glory of the man.

    Man that is born of a woman, is of few days and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down; fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.

    Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

    Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.

    Meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

    Mercy and truth are met together: righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

    Money is a defence, but the excellency of knowledge is that wisdom giveth life.

    Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance;***that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret.

    Much study is a weariness of the flesh.

    My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

    Night, when deep sleep falleth on men.

    No man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

    Now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.

    “O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good; for His mercy eudureth forever.”

    O Lord, how manifold are Thy works; in wisdom, hast Thou made them all; the earth is full of Thy riches.

    O that I had wings like a dove!

    O that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for.

    Of old hast Thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of Thy hands. They shall perish, but Thou shalt endure; yea all of them shall wax old like a garment: as a vesture shalt Thou change them, and they shall be changed, but thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.

    “Oh, that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!”

    Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

    Pardon, I beseech Thee, the iniquity of this people, according unto the greatness of Thy mercy! And the Lord said I have pardoned, according to thy word.

    Physician, heal thyself.

    Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

    Praise ye the Lord.

    Precept must be upon precept.

    Pride goeth before destruction, and haughty spirit before a fall.

    Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth.

    Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings,

    Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him.

    Set a watch over thy mouth, and keep the door of thy lips, for a tale-bearer is worse than a thief.

    Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

    So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

    So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

    Speak not evil one of another, brethren.

    Stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.

    Study to be quiet.

    Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

    Surely He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.

    Take heed and beware of covetousness; for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

    That they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.

    That ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

    The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him.

    The curiosity of knowing things has been given to man for a scourge.

    The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

    The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.

    The fool rageth and is confident.

    The hearing ear and the seeing eye.

    The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?

    The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth His handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.

    The hoary head is a crown of glory if it be found in the way of righteousness.

    The house appointed for all living.

    The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established forever.

    The laborer is worthy of his hire.

    The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

    The lips of a fool shallow up himself.

    The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

    The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear.

    The Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.

    The love of money is the root of all evil; which while some coveted after they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

    The mouth of a wise man is in his heart; the heart of a fool is in his mouth.

    The night is far spent, the day is at hand.

    The price of wisdom is above rubies.

    The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.

    The redeemed shall walk there.

    The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all.

    The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.

    The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

    The stars in their courses fought against Sisera.

    The sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.

    The sun, which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it. And there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

    The tongue is a world of iniquity.

    The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright, and is as choice silver.

    The tree of the field is man’s life. “Then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the Lord.” “The trees of the Lord are full of sap, the cedars of Lebanon which he hath planted; where the birds make their nests; as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.”

    The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.

    There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.

    There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath torment.

    There is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet.

    There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. He that hath pity on the poor, lendeth to the Lord; and that which he hath given will He pay him again.

    There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

    There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest. There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor. The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.

    They have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.

    They learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also, and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.

    They shall beat their swords into plough-shares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

    They that plough iniquity and sow wickedness reap the same.

    They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

    Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not.

    Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heaven and in the earth, is Thine; Thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and Thou art exalted as head above all.

    This we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

    Thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness.

    Thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut the door pray to thy Father, which is in secret; and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

    Though thou shouldst bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

    Thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of woman.

    Time and chance happeneth to them all.

    To him that is afflicted, pity should be shewed from his friends.

    To obey is better than sacrifice.

    Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it.

    Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel.

    Unto the pure all things are pure.

    Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

    Verily, every man at his best state is altogether vanity.

    Very pleasant hast thou been unto me; thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.

    Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation.

    We love Him, because He first loved us.

    We will obey the voice of the Lord our God, that it may be well with us.

    Wearisome nights are appointed to me.

    Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

    What, therefore, God hath joined together let not man put asunder.

    When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.

    When He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

    When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

    Which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down, first and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

    Who against hope believed in hope.

    Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his color in the cup, when it moveth itself aright; at the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.

    Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness.

    Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by transgression?

    Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?

    Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

    Whose god is their belly and whose glory is their shame.

    Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein.

    Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.

    Whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.

    Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

    With God is terrible majesty. Touching the Almighty we cannot find Him out. He is excellent in power and in judgment, and in plenty of justice. He will not afflict. Men do therefore fear Him.

    Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning that they may follow strong drink.

    Woe unto you when all men shall speak well of you!

    Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss.

    Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep.