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ARCHBISHOP RICHARD WHATELY
English prelate and theologian
(1787 - 1863)
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Every instance of a man's suffering the penalty of the law is an instance of the failure of that penalty in effecting its purpose, which is to deter.
      - [Punishment]

Falsehood is difficult to be maintained. When the materials of a building are solid blocks of stone, very rude architecture will suffice; but a structure of rotten materials needs the most careful adjustment to make it stand at all.
      - [Falsehood]

Falsehood, like poison, will generally be rejected when administered alone; but when blended with wholesome ingredients may be swallowed unperceived.
      - [Falsehood]

Falsehood, like the dry-rot, flourishes the more in proportion as air and light are excluded.
      - [Falsehood]

Fancy, when once brought into religion, knows not where to stop. It is like one of those fiends in old stories which any one could raise, but which, when raised, could never be kept within the magic circle.
      - [Fancy]

Galileo probably would have escaped persecution if his discoveries could have been disproved.
      - [Persecution]

Geologists complain that when they want specimens of the common rocks of a country, they receive curious spars; just so, historians give us the extraordinary events and omit just what we want,--the every-day life of each particular time and country.
      - [History]

Good manners are a part of good morals.
      - [Manners]

Grace is in a great measure a natural gift; elegance implies cultivation; or something of more artificial character. A rustic, uneducated girl may be graceful, but an elegant woman must be accomplished and well trained. It is the same with things as with persons; we talk of a graceful tree, but of an elegant house or other building. Animals may be graceful, but they cannot be elegant. The movements of a kitten or a young fawn are full of grace; but to call them "elegant" animals would be absurd.
      - [Grace]

Great affectation and great absence of it are at first sight very similar.
      - [Affectation]

Habits are formed, not at one stroke, but gradually and insensibly; so that, unless vigilant care be employed, a great change may come over the character without our being conscious of any.
      - [Habit]

Happiness is no laughing matter.
      - [Happiness]

He is only exempt from failures who makes no effort.
      - [Failure]

He only is exempt from failures who makes no efforts.
      - [Failure]

He that is not open to conviction is not qualified for discussion.
      - [Argument]

He who is not open to conviction is not qualified for discussion.
      - [Controversy]

If all our wishes were gratified, most of our pleasures would be destroyed.
      - [Wishes]

It is a good plan, with a young person of a character to be much affected by ludicrous and absurd representations, to show him plainly by examples that there is nothing which may not be thus represented. He will hardly need to be told that everything is not a mere joke.
      - [Ridicule]

It is a remarkable circumstance in reference to cunning persons that they are often deficient not only in comprehensive, far-sighted wisdom, but even in prudent, cautious circumspection.
      - [Cunning]

It is also important to guard against mistaking for good-nature what is properly good-humor,--a cheerful flow of spirits and easy temper not readily annoyed, which is compatible with great selfishness.
      - [Good Humor]

It is folly to shiver over last year's snow.
      - [Regret]

It is quite possible, and not uncommon, to read most laboriously, even so as to get by heart the words of a book, without really studying it at all,--that is, without employing the thoughts on the subject.
      - [Study]

It is remarkable that great affectation and great absence of it (unconsciousness) are at first sight very similar; they are both apt to produce singularity.
      - [Affectation]

It is too generally true that all that is required to make men unmindful what they owe to God for any blessing is that they should receive that blessing often enough and regularly enough.
      - [Blessings]

It is worth noticing that those who assume an imposing demeanor and seek to pass themselves off for something beyond what they are, are not unfrequently as much underrated by some as overrated by others.
      - [Pretension]


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