Short pithy gems from the Puritan Richard Baxter!

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Nothing below Heaven is worth setting our hearts upon!

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Keep up a humble sense of your own faults and that will make you compassionate to others.

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Unity in things necessary,
Liberty in things unnecessary,
and Charity in all things.

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Speak to your people as to men who must be awakened either here or in Hell!
We must screw the truth into men's minds!

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Does any man live more to himself, or less to God than the proud man? Our very business is to teach the great lesson of self-denial and humility to our people and how unfit is it then, that we should be proud ourselves!
We must study as hard how to live well as how to preach well.

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What we most value we shall think no pains too great to gain.

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Be of good cheer, Christian, the time is near, when God and you shall be as near as you can desire. You shall dwell in His family! You shall then have joy without sorrow, and rest without weariness!

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Until men are deeply humbled for their sin they can part with Christ and salvation for a lust, for a little worldly gain, for that which is less than nothing! But when God has enlightened their consciences, and broken their hearts then they would give a world for Christ!

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Is it but right that our hearts should be on God when the heart of God is so much on us!
Lord, I surrender I am completely overcome by your love!

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I take the love of God and self-denial to be the sum of all saving grace and religion.

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In our first paradise in Eden, there was a way to go out but no way to go in again.
But as for the Heavenly paradise, there is a way to go in but no way to go out.

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Of all the preaching in the world I hate that preaching most, which tends to make the hearers laugh, or to move their minds with tickling levity and affect them as stage play does instead of affecting them with a holy reverence for God.

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See that your chief study is about your heart that there . . .
 God's image may be planted,
 and His interest advanced,
 and the flesh subdued,
 and the love of every sin cast out,
 and the love of holiness be nourished.
The first and great work of a Christian is about his heart.
"Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it spring the issues of life!" Proverbs 4:23

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If my life is short then why should I be sad to welcome endless glory?

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It is a contradiction to be a true Christian and not humble.

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I preached as never sure to preach again as a dying man to dying men!

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Suffering so unbolts the door of the heart that the Word has easier entrance.

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O what a blessed day that will be, when I shall stand on the shore and look back on the raging seas I have safely passed when I shall review my pains and sorrows, my fears and tears and possess the glory which was the end of all!

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Do not waste your time on light, weak, trivial books. Make careful choice of the books which you read and let the holy Scriptures ever have the preeminence.

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Lay siege to your sins, and starve them out by keeping away the food and fuel which is their maintenance and life. The longer you delay, the more your sin gets strength and rooting. If you cannot bend the twig how will you be able to bend it when it is a tree?

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Spend your time in nothing which . . .
 you know must be repented of;
 you might not pray for the blessing of God;
 you could not review with a quiet conscience on your dying bed;
 you might not safely and properly be found doing if death should surprise you in the act!

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Holiness is nothing else but the habitual and predominant devotion and dedication of soul, and body, and life, and all that we have to God; and esteeming, and loving, and serving, and seeking Him, before all the pleasures and prosperity of the flesh and the world.

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He is a foolish physician, and a most unfaithful friend who will let a sick man die for fear of troubling him. In the same way, we are cruel wretches to our friends if we will rather allow them to go quietly to Hell than anger them, or hazard our friendship with them.

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Prayer is the vital breath of the Christian.

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It is as hard a thing to maintain a sound understanding, a tender conscience, a lively, gracious, heavenly spirit, and an upright life in this poor world as to keep your candle lit in the midst of a great storm.

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It is not the reading of many books which is necessary to make a man wise or godly but well reading of a few.

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The churchyard is the market place where all things are rated at their true value and those who are approaching it, talk of the world and its vanities with a wisdom unknown before.

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Such is the depth of the Christian Scriptures, that even if I were attempting to study them and nothing else from early boyhood to decrepit old age, with the most unwearied zeal, and talents greater than I have I would be still daily making progress in discovering their treasures!

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The devils never had a Savior offered to them but you have; and do you yet make light of Him?

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Do not over-value the manner of your own worship.
Do not over-vilify other men's worship of a different mode.

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Paganism attributes the creation and the sustaining of the world to blind chance.

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You little know what you have done, when you have first broken the bounds of modesty. You have opened the door of your imagination to the devil so that he can, almost at his pleasure ever after, represent the same sinful pleasure to you anew.

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That which once was will be no more. Yesterday will never come again. Today is passing away and will not return. You may work while it is day; but when you have lost that day it will not return for you to work in. While your candle burns, you may make use of its light but when it is done, it is too late to use it.

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If it is an intolerable thing to cast into a fire for a year or a day, or an hour then what will it be to suffer ten thousand times more forever in the fires of Hell? What if you were to suffer the martyr Lawrence's death to be roasted upon a gridiron; or to be scraped or pricked to death as other martyrs were; or if you were to feed upon toads for a whole year? If you could not endure such things as these then how will you endure the eternal flames of Hell?