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WILLIAM R. ALGER
American minister and writer
(1823 - 1905)
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A crowd always thinks with its sympathy, never with its reason.
      - [Crowd]

A fretful fancy is constantly flinging its possessor into gratuitous tophets.
      - [Fancy]

A learned man is a tank; a wise man is a spring.
      - [Contrast]

A sigh can shatter a castle in the air.
      - [Castles in the Air]

Ah, could the soul, like the body, have a mirror! It has,--a friend.
      - [Soul]

Aphorisms are portable wisdom, the quintessential extracts of thought and feeling.
      - [Apothegms]

Apothegms are portable wisdom, the quintessential extracts of thought and feelings.
      - [Apothegms]

Banqueting with gods on the ambrosia and nectar of the mind.
      - [Reading]

Common sense is the average sensibility and intelligence of men undisturbed by individual peculiarities.
      - [Common Sense]

Courage makes a man more than himself; for he is then himself plus his valor.
      - [Courage]

Cunning is the dwarf of wisdom.
      - [Cunning]

Every man is his own greatest dupe.
      - [Self-deceit]

False eloquence is exaggeration, true eloquence is emphasis.
      - [Eloquence]

Fate is the friend of the good, the guide of the wise, the tyrant of the foolish, the enemy of the bad.
      - [Fate]

God hands gifts to some, whispers them to others.
      - [Gifts]

He who has no wish to be happier is the happiest of men.
      - [Happiness]

He who is master of all opinions can never be the bigot of any.
      - [Opinion]

Heart's-ease is a flower which blooms from the grave of desire.
      - [Desire]

How sublime is the audacious tautology of Mohammed, God is God!
      - [Sublimity]

I would give more for the private esteem and love of one than for the public praise of ten thousand.
      - [Friendship]

Ignorance is the mother of suspicion.
      - [Suspicion]

Keep your working power at its maximum.
      - [Industry]

Laws are the silent assessors of God.
      - [Law]

Men often make up in wrath what they want in reason.
      - [Anger]

Nemesis is one of God's handmaids.
      - [Retribution]


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