ZEAL QUOTES

quotations about zeal

Zeal should not outrun discretion.

AESOP, "The Thirsty Pigeon", Aesop's Fables

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Zeal without judgment is like gunpowder in the hands of a child.

ELIZA COOK, Diamond Dust

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Zeal is an edge-tool, which children in understanding should not meddle withal; and yet it most frequently possesseth the weakest minds.

JOHN TILLOTSON, Works

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Zeal is a cloak, and therefore we are not to regard it as an extraordinary robe to be worn only occasionally on high days and holidays.

ROBERT AITKIN BERTRAM & ALFRED TUCKER, A Homiletical Commentary on the Prophecies of Isaiah

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Zeal in the service of God is no miraculous gift, no extraordinary prerogative of some peculiar favorite of heaven, but the natural and inseparable property of a will-confirmed habit of holiness.

R. LUCAS, attributed, Day's Collacon

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Nothing hath wrought more prejudice to religion, or brought more disparagement upon truth, than boisterous and unseasonable zeal.

ISAAC BARROW, attributed, Day's Collacon

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May we not say, that true zeal is not mostly charitable, but wholly so? That is, if we take charity in St. Paul's sense, for love; the love of God and our neighbour. For it is a certain truth, (although little understood in the world), that Christian zeal is all love. It is nothing else.

JOHN WESLEY, Sermons on Several Occasions

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Sinful zeal doth make men doubly sinful.

RICHARD BAXTER, "Christian Ethics", The Practical Works of Richard Baxter

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Undeniably bad examples of zeal ... do not establish that all zeal is bad, but only that not all zeal is good--which is not in dispute.

DAVID A. HORNER & DAVID R. TURNER, "Zeal", Being Good: Christian Virtues for Everyday Life

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Blind zeal is a sword in a madman's hands.

FLAXEL, attributed, Day's Collacon

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True zeal is a heavenly flame.

W. YATES, attributed, Day's Collacon

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To a zealot every one of his own sect is a saint, while the most upright of a different sect are to him children of perdition.

HENRY HOME KAMES, Elements of Criticism

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Zeal is to be regarded as a cloak that covers all. The Christian man is to wear zeal as we wear an outward garment which covers all the rest of our garments--a flowing robe which encompasses the entire person.

ROBERT AITKIN BERTRAM & ALFRED TUCKER, A Homiletical Commentary on the Prophecies of Isaiah

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Every creed has its zealots.

ZOSIMUS, attributed, Day's Collacon

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It would seem that zeal is not an effect of love. For zeal is a beginning of contention.

THOMAS AQUINAS, Summa Theologica

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Zeal is twin-brother to faith.

A. C. URCEUS, attributed, Day's Collacon

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True zeal is connected with a holy life. It is remarkable how often the greatest zealots for God, the Church, and sound doctrine (as they regard it), have been unholy and even immoral in their lives.

CHARLES HODGE, Princeton Sermons: Outlines of Discourses, Doctrinal and Practical

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As holy zeal is the fervency of our grace, so sinful zeal is the intention and fervency of sin.

RICHARD BAXTER, "Christian Ethics", The Practical Works of Richard Baxter

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Zeal must be yoked with humility.

W. CAVE, attributed, Day's Collacon

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When the grace of God has wrought in a man all other virtues, zeal is still needed to elevate and perfect his entire manhood.

ROBERT AITKIN BERTRAM & ALFRED TUCKER, A Homiletical Commentary on the Prophecies of Isaiah

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