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SIR HUMPHREY DAVY
English chemist and writer
(1778 - 1829)

I envy no quality of the mind or intellect in others; not genius, power, wit, nor fancy; but, if I could choose what would be most delightful, and, I believe, most useful to me, I should prefer a firm religious belief to every other blessing.
      - [Faith in God]

If I am allowed to give a metaphorical allusion to the future state of the blessed, I should imagine it by the orange-grove in that sheltered glen on which the sun is now beginning to shine, and of which the trees are at the same time, loaded with sweet golden fruit and balmy silver flowers. Such objects may well portray a state in which hope and fruition become one eternal feeling.
      - [Heaven]

Language is not only the vehicle of thought, it is a great and efficient instrument in thinking.
      - [Language]

Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations, given habitually, are what win and preserve the heart, and secure comfort.
      - [Kindness : Life]

The three states of the caterpillar, larva, and butterfly have, since the time of the Greek poets, been applied to typify the human being,--its terrestrial form, apparent death, and ultimate celestial destination.
      - [Immortality]

There may be beings, thinking beings, near or surrounding us, which we do not perceive, which we cannot imagine. We know very little; but, in my opinion, we know enough to hope for the immortality, the individual immortality, of the better part of man.
      - [Immortality]

To me there never has been a higher source of earthly honor or distinction, than that connected with advances in science. I have not possessed enough of the eagle in my character to make a direct flight to the loftiest altitudes in the social world; and I certainly never endeavored to reach those heights by using the creeping powers of the reptile, who, in ascending, generally chooses the dirtiest path, because it is the easiest.
      - [Science]

We can trace back our existence almost to a point. Former time presents us with trains of thoughts gradually diminishing to nothing. But our ideas of futurity are perpetually expanding. Our desires and our hopes, even when modified by our fears, seem to grasp at immensity. This alone would be sufficient to prove the progressiveness of our nature, and that this little earth is but a point from which we start toward a perfection of being.
      - [Progress]

There are very few persons who pursue science with true dignity.
      - Consolations in Travel--Dialogue V--The Chemical Philosopher
        [Science]

A sacred spark created by his breath,
  The immortal mind of man his image bears;
    A spirit living 'midst the forms of death,
      Oppressed, but not subdued, by mortal cares.
      - Written After Recovery from a Dangerous Illness
        [Man]

The child of trial, to mortality
  And all its changeful influences given;
    On the green earth decreed to move and die,
      And yet by such a fate prepared for heaven.
      - Written after Recovery from a Dangerous Illness
        [Trials]


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