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English jurist, reformer and writer
(1822 - 1896)

A divine ought to calculate his sermons as an astrologer does his almanac--to the meridian of the place and people where he lives.
      - [Sermon]

A fop who admires his person in a glass soon enters into a resolution of making his fortune by it, not questioning that every woman who falls in his way will do him as much justice as himself.
      - [Fops]

Christ's whole life on earth was the assertion and example of true manliness--the setting forth in living act and word what man is meant to be, and how he should carry himself in this world of God--one long campaign in which the "temptation" stands out as the first great battle and victory.
      - [Christ]

From behind the shadow of the still small voice--more awful than tempest or earthquake--more sure and persistent than day and night--is always sounding full of hope and strength to the weariest of us all, "Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
      - [Christ (Saviour)]

Gaming finds a man a cully, and leaves him a knave.
      - [Gambling]

He went down to the school with a glimmering of another lesson in his heart,--the lesson that he who has conquered his own coward spirit has conquered the whole outward world.
      - [Victory]

If we look abroad upon the great multitude of mankind, and endeavor to trace out the principles of action in every individual, it will, I think, seem highly probable that ambition runs through the whole species, and that every man in proportion to the vigor of his complexion, is more or less actuated by it.
      - [Ambition]

It may be remarked for the comfort of honest poverty that avarice reigns most in those who have but few good qualities to recommend them. This is a weed that will grow in a barren soil.
      - in The Spectator, no. 224 [Avarice]

Mere bashfulness without merit is awkward.
      - [Diffidence]

No woman can be handsome by the force of features alone, any more than she can be witty only by the help of speech.
      - [Attractiveness : Beauty]

Plays and romances sell as well as books of devotion, but with this difference,--more people read the former than buy them, and more buy the latter than read them.
      - [Books]

Remember there's always a voice saying the right thing to you somewhere if you'll only listen for it.
      - [Listening]

The conscience of every man recognizes courage as the foundation of manliness, and manliness as the perfection of human character.
      - [Courage]

The only instance of a despairing sinner left upon record in the New Testament is that of a treacherous and greedy Judas} Covetousness, like jealousy, when it has ones taken root, never leaves a man but with his life.
      - [Covetousness]

The surest way of governing, both in a private family and a kingdom, is for a husband and a prince sometimes to drop their prerogative.
      - [Government]

To be read by bare inscriptions, like many in Gruter,--to hope for eternity by enigmatical epithets or first letters of our names--to be studied by antiquarians who we were, and have new names given us like many of the mummies, are cold consolation unto the students of perpetuity, even by everlasting languages.
      - [Fame]

To-morrow cheats us all. Why dost thou stay,
  And leave undone what should be done to-day?
    Begin--the present minute's in thy power;
      But still t' adjourn, and wait a fitter hour,
        Is like the clown, who at some river's side
          Expecting stands, in hopes the running tide
            Will all ere long be past.-- Fool! not to know
              It still has flow'd the same, and will for ever flow.
      - [Tomorrow]

The Browns have become illustrious by the pen of Thackeray and the pencil of Doyle, within the memory of the young gentlemen who are now matriculating at the Universities.
      - Tom Brown's School Days
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Life isn't all beer and skittles; but beer and skittles or something better of the same sort, must form a good part of every Englishman's education.
      - Tom Brown's School Days (ch. II)
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