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ARCHBISHOP RICHARD WHATELY
English prelate and theologian
(1787 - 1863)
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A certain class of novels may with propriety be called fables.
      - [Fables]

A fanatic, either, religious or political, is the subject of strong delusions.
      - [Fanaticism]

A man is called selfish, not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor's.
      - [Neglect]

A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them a fortune.
      - [Learning]

A mother once asked a clergyman when she should begin he education of her child, which she told him was then four years old. "Madam," was the reply, "you have lost three years already. From, the very first smile that gleams over an infant's cheek, your opportunity begins."
      - [Children]

All gaming, since it implies a desire to profit at the expense of another, involves a breach of the tenth commandment.
      - [Gambling]

An instinct is a blind tendency to some mode of action, independent of any consideration, on the part of the agent, of the end to which the action leads.
      - [Instinct]

An old Spanish writer says, "To return evil for good is devilish; to return good for good is human; but to return good for evil is godlike.
      - [Forgiveness]

Anger requires that the offender should not only be made to grieve in his turn, but to grieve for that particular wrong which has been done by him.
      - [Anger]

Any who says (with Mandeville in his treatise against charity schools), "If a horse knew as much as a man, I should not like to be his rider," ought to add, "If a man knew as little as a horse, I should not like to trust him to ride."
      - [Education]

As an exercise of the reasoning faculties, pure mathematics is an admirable exercise, because it consists of reasoning alone and does not encumber the student with any exercise of judgment.
      - [Mathematics]

As hardly anything can accidentally touch the soft clay without stamping its mark on it, so hardly any reading can interest a child, without contributing in some degree, though the book itself be afterwards totally forgotten, to form the character.
      - [Children]

As the flower is before the fruit, so is faith before good works.
      - [Faith]

As the telescope is not a substitute for, but an aid to, our sight, so revelation is not designed to supersede the use of reason, but to supply its deficiencies.
      - [Bible]

As there are dim-sighted people who live in a sort of perpetual twilight, so there are some who, having neither much clearness of head nor a very elevated tone of morality, are perpetually haunted by suspicions of everybody and everything.
      - [Suspicion]

Bacon is throughout, and especially in his essays, one of the most suggestive authors who ever wrote.
      - [Authorship]

Better too much form than too little.
      - [Manners]

Children are the to-morrow of society.
      - [Childhood : Children]

Christianity, contrasted with the Jewish system of emblems, is truth in the sense of reality, as substance is opposed to shadows, and, contrasted with heathen mythology, is truth as opposed to falsehood.
      - [Christianity]

Controversy, though always an evil in itself, is sometimes a necessary evil.
      - [Controversy]

Curiosity is as much the parent of attention, as attention is of memory.
      - [Curiosity]

Do you want to know the man against whom you have most reason to guard yourself? Your looking-glass will give you a very fair likeness of his face.
      - [Self]

Eloquence is relative. One can no more pronounce on the eloquence of any composition than the wholesomeness of a medicine, without knowing for whom it is intended.
      - [Eloquence]

Ethical maxims are bandied about as a sort of current coin of discourse, and, being never melted down for use, those that are of base metal are never detected.
      - [Apothegms]

Even supposing there were some spiritual advantage in celibacy, it ought to be completely voluntary.
      - [Celibacy]


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