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AUGUSTUS WILLIAM HARE
English clergyman and writer
(1792 - 1834)
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A mother should give her children a superabundance of enthusiasm; that after they have lost all they are sure to lose on mixing with the world, enough may still remain to prompt fated support them through great actions. A cloak should be of three-pile, to keep its gloss in wear.
      - [Enthusiasm]

A statesman, we are told, should follow public opinion. Doubtless, as a coachman follows his horses; having firm hold on the reins and guiding them.
      - [Government]

A weak mind sinks under prosperity as well as under adversity. A strong and deep one has two highest tides,--when the moon is at the full, and when there is no moon.
      - [Prosperity]

A youth's love is the more passionate; virgin love is the more idolatrous.
      - [Love]

Books, as Dryden has aptly termed them, are spectacles to read nature. Aeschylus and Aristotle, Shakespeare and Bacon, are priests who preach and expound the mysteries of man and the universe. They teach us to understand and feel what we see, to decipher and syllable the hieroglyphics of the senses.
      - [Books]

Christianity has carried civilization along with it, whithersoever it has gone; and, as if to show that the latter does not depend on physical causes, some of the countries the most civilized in the day's of Augustus are now in a state of hopeless barbarism.
      - [Christianity]

Crimes sometimes shock us too much; vices almost always too little.
      - [Crime]

Examples would indeed be excellent things were not people so modest that none will set, and so vain that none will follow them.
      - [Example]

Forms and regularity of proceeding, if they are not justice, partake much of the nature of justice, which, in its highest sense, is the spirit of distributive order.
      - [Ceremony]

How deeply rooted must unbelief be in our hearts when we are surprised to find our prayers answered.
      - [Unbelief]

I could hardly feel much confidence in a man who had never been imposed upon.
      - [Imposition]

Instead of watching the bird as it flies above our heads, we chase his shadow along the ground; and, finding we cannot grasp it, we conclude it to be nothing.
      - [Obtuseness]

Is not every true lover a martyr?
      - [Love]

It is a proof of our natural bias to evil, that gain is slower and harder than loss in all things good; but in all things bad getting is quicker and easier than getting rid of.
      - [Evil]

It is said that Windham, when he came to the end of a speech, often found himself so perplexed by his own subtlety that he hardly knew which way he was going to give his vote. This is a good illustration of the fallaciousness of reasoning, and of the uncertainties which attend its practical application.
      - [Subtlety]

It is well for us that we are born babies in intellect. Could we understand half what mothers say and do to their infants, we should be filled with a conceit of our own importance, which would render us insupportable through life. Happy the boy whose mother is tired of talking nonsense to him before he is old enough to know the sense of it.
      - [Babies]

It is with flowers as with moral qualities; the bright are sometimes poisonous; but, I believe, never the sweet.
      - [Flowers]

Love, it has been said, flows downward. The love of parents for their children has always been far more powerful than that of children for their parents; and who among the sons of men ever loved God with a thousandth part of the love which God has manifested to us?
      - [Love]

Many actions, like the Rhone, have two sources,--one pure, the other impure.
      - [Motive]

Many are ambitious of saying grand things, that is, of being grandiloquent. Eloquence is speaking out a * * * quality few esteem, and fewer aim at.
      - [Eloquence]

Many men spend their lives in gazing at their own shadows, and so dwindle away into shadows thereof.
      - [Self-conceit]

Many people have their own God; and He is much what the French may mean when they talk of Le bon Dieu--very indulgent, rather weak, near at hand when we want anything, but far away, out of sight, when we have a mind to do wrong. Such a God is as much an idol as if He were an image of stone.
      - [God]

Men think highly of those who rise rapidly in the world; whereas nothing rises quicker than dust, straw, and feathers.
      - [Fame]

Moral prejudices are the stopgaps of virtue; and, as is the case with other stopgaps, it is often more difficult to get either out or in through them than through any other part of the fence.
      - [Prejudice]

Much of this world's wisdom is still acquired by necromancy,--by consulting the oracular dead.
      - [Wisdom]


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