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S. Austin Allibone, comp.  Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay.  1880.
 
Affections
 
  It is not the business of virtue to extirpate the affections, but to regulate them.
Joseph Addison.    
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  A resemblance of humour and opinion, a fancy for the same business or diversion, is a ground of affection.
Jeremy Collier.    
  2
 
  The successes of intellectual effort are never so great as when aided by the affections that animate social converse.
John Foster: Journal.    
  3
 
  All things being double-handed, and having the appearances both of truth and falsehood, where our affections have engaged us we attend only to the former.
Joseph Glanvill: Scepsis.    
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  We rend of a “joy unspeakable and full of glory,” of “a peace that passeth all understanding,” with innumerable other expressions of a similar kind, which indicate strong and vehement emotions of mind. That the great objects of Christianity, called eternity, heaven, and hell, are of sufficient magnitude to justify vivid emotions of joy, fear, and love, is indisputable, if it be allowed we have any relation to them; nor is it less certain that religion could never have any powerful influence if it did not influence through the medium of the affections. All objects which have any permanent influence influence the conduct in this way. We may possibly be first set in motion by their supposed connection with our interest; but unless they draw to themselves particular affections the pursuit soon terminates.
Robert Hall: Fragment on the Right of Worship.    
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  Affections (as joy, grief, fear, and anger, with such like), being, as it were, the sundry fashions and forms of appetite, can neither rise at the conceit of a thing indifferent, nor yet choose but rise at the sight of some things.
Richard Hooker: Eccles. Pol., Book I.    
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  Be it never so true which we teach the world to believe, yet if once their affections begin to be alienated a small thing persuadeth them to change their opinions.
Richard Hooker.    
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  Affection is still a briber of the judgment; and it is hard for a man to admit a reason against the thing he loves, or to confess the force of an argument against an interest.
Robert South.    
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  The only thing which can endear religion to your practice will be to raise your affections above this world.
William Wake.    
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