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JAMES ANTHONY FROUDE
English historian
(1818 - 1894)
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Where nature is sovereign, there is no need of austerity and self-denial.
      - [Nature]

Sacrifice is the first element of religion, and resolves itself in theological language into the love of God.
      - Holy and Profane States--The True Church Antiquary
         (maxim I) [Religion]

The four eights, that ideal of operative felicity, are here (New Zealand) a realized fact.
      - Oceana (ch. XIV),
        the four eights meaning "eight to work, eight to play, eight to sleep, and eight shillings a day
        [Time]

We read the past by the light of the present, and the forms vary as the shadows fall, or as the point of vision alters.
      - Short Studies on Great Subjects,
        Society in Italy in the Last Days of the Roman Republic
        [Experience]

Our human laws are but the copies, more or less imperfect, of the eternal laws, so far as we can read them.
      - Short Studies on Great Subjects--Calvinism
        [Law]

Philosophy goes no further than probabilities, and in every assertion keeps a doubt in reserve.
      - Short Studies on Great Subjects--Calvinism
        [Philosophy]

The moral system of the universe is like a document written in alternate ciphers, which change from line to line.
      - Short Studies on Great Subjects--Calvinism
        [Morality]

There are epidemics of nobleness as well as epidemics of disease.
      - Short Studies on Great Subjects--Calvinism
        [Nobility]

To deny the freedom of the will is to make morality impossible.
      - Short Studies on Great Subjects--Calvinism
        [Will]

Truth only smells sweet forever, and illusions, however innocent, are deadly as the canker worm.
      - Short Studies on Great Subjects--Calvinism
        [Truth]

There are at bottom but two possible religions--that which rises in the moral nature of man, and which takes shape in moral commandments, and that which grows out of the observation of the material energies which operate in the external universe.
      - Short Studies on Great Subjects--Calvinism
         (p. 20) [Religion]

Human improvement is from within outwards.
      - Short Studies on Great Subjects--Divus Caesar
        [Character]

Morality, when vigorously alive, sees farther than intellect, and provides unconsciously for intellectual difficulties.
      - Short Studies on Great Subjects--Divus Caesar
        [Morality]

As we advance in life, we learn the limits of our abilities.
      - Short Studies on Great Subjects--Education
        [Ability]

Experience is no more transferable in morals than in art.
      - Short Studies on Great Subjects--Education
        [Experience]

Instruction does not prevent waste of time or mistakes; and mistakes themselves are often the best teachers of all.
      - Short Studies on Great Subjects--Education
        [Teaching]

Of all the evil spirits abroad at his hour in the world, insincerity is the most dangerous.
      - Short Studies on Great Subjects--Education
        [Sincerity]

Our thoughts and our conduct are our own.
      - Short Studies on Great Subjects--Education
        [Character]

We live merely on the crust or rind of things.
      - Short Studies on Great Subjects--Lucian
        [Life]

Every one of us, whatever our speculative opinions, knows better than he practices, and recognizes a better law than he obeys.
      - Short Studies on Great Subjects--On Progress
         (pt. II) [Character]

Where all are selfish, the sage is no better than the fool, and only rather more dangerous.
      - Short Studies on Great Subjects--Part Politics
        [Selfishness]

Experience teaches slowly, and at the cost of mistakes.
      - Short Studies on Great Subjects--Party Politics
        [Experience]

Fear is the parent of cruelty.
      - Short Studies on Great Subjects--Party Politics
        [Fear]

Ignorance is the dominion of absurdity.
      - Short Studies on Great Subjects--Party Politics
        [Ignorance]

Justice without wisdom is impossible.
      - Short Studies on Great Subjects--Party Politics
        [Justice]


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