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ARCHBISHOP RICHARD WHATELY
English prelate and theologian
(1787 - 1863)
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It may be said, almost without qualification, that the wisdom consists in the ready and accurate perception of analogies. Without the former quality, knowledge of the past is uninstructive; without the latter it is deceptive.
      - [Wisdom]

It may be worth noticing as a curious circumstance, when persons past forty before they were at all acquainted form together a very close intimacy of friendship. For grafts of old wood to take, there must be a wonderful congeniality between the trees.
      - [Friendship]

knowledge of our duties is the most useful part of philosophy.
      - [Duty]

Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.
      - [Time]

Man is naturally more desirous of a quiet and approving, than of a vigilant and tender conscience--more desirous of security than of safety.
      - [Conscience]

Man, considered not merely as an organized being, but as a rational agent and a member of society, is perhaps the most wonderfully contrived, and to us the most interesting specimen of Divine wisdom that we have any knowledge of.
      - [Man]

Manners are one of the greatest engines of influence ever given to man.
      - [Manners]

Many a meandering discourse one hears, in which the preacher aims at nothing, and hits it.
      - [Preaching]

Men first make up their minds (and the smaller the mind the sooner made up), and then seek for the reasons; and if they chance to stumble upon a good reason, of course they do not reject it. But though they are right, they are only right by chance.
      - [Decision]

Misgive that you may not mistake.
      - [Doubt]

Most precepts that are given are so general that they cannot be applied, except by an exercise of just as much discretion as would be sufficient to frame them.
      - [Precepts]

Neither human applause nor human censure is to be taken as the test of truth; but either should set us upon testing ourselves.
      - [Applause]

Not in books only, nor yet in oral discourse, but often also in words there are boundless stores of moral and historic truth, and no less of passion and imagination laid up, from which lessons of infinite worth may be derived.
      - [Truth]

Nothing but the right can ever be expedient, since that can never be true expediency which would sacrifice a great good to a less.
      - [Expediency]

Of all hostile feelings, envy is perhaps the hardest to be subdued, because hardly any one owns it even to himself, but looks out for one pretext after another to justify his hostility.
      - [Envy]

Of metaphors, those generally conduce most to energy or vivacity of style which illustrate an intellectual by a sensible object.
      - [Metaphors]

One way in which fools succeed where wise men fail is that through ignorance of the danger they sometimes go coolly about a hazardous business.
      - [Success]

Party spirit enlists a man's virtues in the cause of his vices.
      - [Party]

Persecution is not wrong because it is cruel; but it is cruel because it is wrong.
      - [Persecution]

Proverbs are somewhat analogous to those medical formulas which, being in frequent use, are kept ready made up in the chemists' shops, and which often save the framing of a distinct prescription.
      - [Proverbs (General)]

Reason can no more influence the will, and operate as a motive, than the eyes which show a man his road can enable him to move from place to place, or that a ship provided with a compass can sail without a wind.
      - [Reason]

Some men's reputation seems like seed-wheat, which thrives best when brought from a distance.
      - [Reputation]

Some persons follow the dictates of their conscience only in the same sense in which a coachman may be said to follow the horses he is driving.
      - [Conscience]

Some persons resemble certain trees, such as the nut, which flowers in February and ripens its fruit in September; or the juniper and the arbutus; which take a whole year or more to perfect their fruit; and others, the cherry, which takes between two an three months.
      - [Age]

Sophistry, like poison, is at once detected and nauseated, when presented to us in a concentrated form; but a fallacy which, when stated barely in a few sentences, would not deceive a child, may deceive half the world, if diluted in a quarto volume.
      - [Sophistry]


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