Joseph Hall

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Joseph Hall (July 1, 1574 - September 8, 1656) was an English bishop and satirist.


  • A legal thief, a bloodless murderer,
    A find incarnate, a false userer.
    • Virgidemarium (1598) IV.
  • So little in his purse, so much upon his back.
    • Portrait of a Poor Gallant.
  • 'Mongst all these stirs of discontented strife,
    O, let me lead an academic life;
    To know much, and to think for nothing, know
    Nothing to have, yet think we have enow.
    • Discontent of Men with Their Condition.
  • Death borders upon our birth, and our cradle stands in the grave.
    • Epistles, Decade III, epistle 2. Compare: "And cradles rock us nearer to the tomb.

Our birth is nothing but our death begun", Edward Young, Night Thoughts, night v., line 718.

  • There is many a rich stone laid up in the bowels of the earth, many a fair pearl laid up in the bosom of the sea, that never was seen, nor never shall be.
    • Contemplations, Book IV, The Veil of Moses. Compare: "Full many a gem of purest ray serene / The dark, unfathomed caves of ocean bear", Thomas Gray, Elegy, stanza 14.
  • Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl chain of all virtues.
    • Christian Moderation, introduction.
  • Perfection is the child of time…
    • Quo vadis? A just Censure of Travel (1617).
  • He is wealthy enough, that wanteth not: he is great enough, that is his own master: he is happy enough, that lives to die well.
    • Meditation and Vows century III, LIX.


  • A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was.

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