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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

1978 Franis Baon 1561-1626 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Francis Bacon (1561–1626)
QUOTATION:Cleanness of body was ever deemed to proceed from a due reverence to God. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Advancement of Learning. Book ii. (1605).
Note 1.
Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness.—John Wesley (quoted): Journal, Feb. 12, 1772.

According to Dr. A. S. Bettelheim, rabbi, this is found in the Hebrew fathers. He cites Phinehas ben Yair, as follows: “The doctrines of religion are resolved into carefulness; carefulness into vigorousness; vigorousness into guiltlessness; guiltlessness into abstemiousness; abstemiousness into cleanliness; cleanliness into godliness,”—literally, next to godliness. [back]