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You can judge the quality of their faith from the way they behave. Discipline is an index to doctrine.
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It is certain because it is possible.
Out of the frying pan, into the fire.
Christians are made, not born.
The more you mow us down, the more numerous we grow; the blood of Christians is seed.
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The pleasure of those who injure you lies in your pain. Therefore they will suffer if you take away their pleasure by not feeling pain.
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The usual complaint is, 'I have no other way of earning a living.' The harsh reply can be, 'Do you have to live?'
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Nature soaks every evil with either fear or shame.
Two kinds of blindness are easily combined so that those who do not see really appear to see what is not.
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He is a man, who is to be a man, the fruit is always present in the seed.
The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.
He who lives only to benefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies.
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See how these Christians love one another.
Arguments about Scripture achieve nothing but a stomachache and a headache.
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Divorce these days is a religious vow, as if the proper offspring of marriage.
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The first reaction to truth is hatred.
He who flees will fight again.
Prevention of birth is a precipitation of murder.
Truth engenders hatred of truth. As soon as it appears, it is the enemy.
Hope is patience with the lamp lit.
Nothing that is God's is obtainable by money.
What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?
It is certain because it is impossible.
Indeed heresies are themselves instigated by philosophy.
Indeed it is better to postpone, lest either we complete too little by hurrying, or wander too long in completing it.
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The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.
The nature of rumor is known to all.
You cannot parcel out freedom in pieces because freedom is all or nothing.
Fear is the foundation of safety.