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WILLIAM WHEWELL
English philosopher
(1794 - 1866)

And so no force, however great,
  Can strain a cord, however fine,
    Into a horizontal line
      That shall be absolutely straight.
      - given as an accidental instance of metre and poetry
        [Poetry]

Conscience is the reason employed about questions of right and wrong.
      - [Conscience]

Every failure is a step to success; every detection of what is false directs us toward what is true; every trial exhausts some tempting form of error. Not only so, but scarcely any attempt is entirely a failure; scarcely any theory, the result of steady thought, is altogether false; no tempting form of error is without some latent charm derived from truth.
      - [Failure]

Every man has obligations which belong to his station. Duties extend beyond obligations, and direct the affections, desires, and intentions, as well as the actions.
      - [Duty]

Prudence supposes the value of the end to be assumed, and refers only to the adaptation of the means. It is the relation of right means for given ends.
      - [Prudence]

The object of science is knowledge; the objects of art are works. In art, truth is the means to an end; in science, it is the only end. Hence the practical arts are not to be classed among the sciences.
      - [Art]

Those who have obtained the farthest insight into Nature have been, in all ages, firm believers in God.
      - [Faith]


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