The best assurance any one can have of his interest in God, is doubtless the conformity of his soul to Him. When our heart is once turned into a conformity with the mind of God. when we feel our will conformed to His will, we shall then presently perceive a spirit of adoption within ourselves, teaching us to say, "Abba, Father."
Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 16.
The golden beams of truth and the silken cords of love, twisted together, will draw men on with a sweet violence whether they will or not.Ralph Cudworth
Truth is the most unbending and uncompliable, the most necessary, firm, immutable, and adamantine thing in the world.Ralph Cudworth
If intellection and knowledge were mere passion from without, or the bare reception of extraneous and adventitious forms, then no reason could be given at all why a mirror or looking-glass should not understand; whereas it cannot so much as sensibly perceive those images which it receives and reflects to us.Ralph Cudworth
Some who are far from atheists, may make themselves merry with that conceit of thousands of spirits dancing at once upon a needle's point.Ralph Cudworth