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EDWIN PERCY WHIPPLE
American essayist and critic
(1819 - 1886)
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The wise men of old have sent most of their morality down the stream of time in the light skiff of apothegm and epigram.
      - [Epigrams]

There is a natural disposition with us to judge an author's personal character by the character of his works. We find it difficult to understand the common antithesis of a good writer and a bad man.
      - [Authorship]

There is a serious and resolute egotism that makes a man interesting to his friends and formidable to his opponents.
      - [Egotism]

"There is nothing so terrible as activity without insight," says Goethe "I would open every one, of Argus' hundred eyes before I used one of Briareus' hundred hands," says Lord Bacon. "Look before you leap," says John Smith, all over the world.
      - [Action]

There seem to be some persons, the favorites of fortune and darlings of nature, who are born cheerful. "A of star danced" at their birth. It is no superficial visibility, but a bountiful ands beneficent soul that sparkles in the4r eyes and smiles on their lips. Their inborn geniality amounts to genius,--the rare and difficult genius which creates sweet and wholesome character, and radiates cheer.
      - [Cheerfulness]

True wisdom, indeed, springs from the wide brain which is fed from the deep heart; and it is only when age warms its withering conceptions at the memory of its youthful fire, when it makes experience serve aspiration, and knowledge illumine the difficult paths through which thoughts thread their way into facts,--it is only then that age becomes broadly and nobly wise.
      - [Age]

We all originally came from the woods! it is hard to eradicate from any of us the old taste for the tattoo and the war-paint; and the moment that money gets into our pockets, it somehow or another breaks out in ornaments on our person, without always giving refinement to our manners.
      - [Ornament]

We like the fine extravagance of that philosopher who declared that no man was as rich as all men ought to be.
      - [Poverty]

What a lesson, indeed, is all history and all life to the folly and fruitlessness of pride! The Egyptian kings had their embalmed bodies preserved in massive pyramids, to obtain an earthly immortality. In the seventeenth century they were sold as quack medicines, and now they are burnt for fuel! The Egyptian mummies, which Cambyses or time hath spared, avarice now consumeth. Mummy is become merchandise.
      - [Pride]

What a man does with his wealth depends upon his idea of happiness. Those who draw prizes in life are apt to spend tastelessly, if not viciously; not knowing that it requires as much talent to spend as to make.
      - [Wealth]

What does competency in the long run mean? It means to all reasonable beings, cleanliness of person, decency of dress, courtesy of manners, opportunities for education, the delights of leisure, and the bliss of giving.
      - [Wealth]

Whenever you find humor, you find pathos close by his side.
      - [Humor]

Wit implies hatred or contempt of folly and crime, produces its effects by brisk shocks of surprise, uses the whip of scorpions and the branding-iron, stabs, stings, pinches, tortures, goads, teases, corrodes, undermines.
      - [Wit]

Wit is an unexpected explosion of thought.
      - [Wit]

Wit, bright, rapid, and blasting as the lightning, flashes, strikes, and vanishes, in an instant; humor, warm and all-embracing as the sunshine, bathes its object in a genial and abiding light.
      - [Wit]


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