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English novelist and politician
(1803 - 1873)
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Though every, one who possesses merit is not necessarily a great man, yet every great man must possess it in a very superior degree, whether he be a poet, a philosopher, a statesman, a genera; for every great man exhibits the talent of organization or construction, whether it be in a poem, a philosophical system, a policy, or a strategy. And without method there is no organization nor construction.
      - [Method]

Though no participator in the joy of more vehement sport, I have a pleasure that I cannot reconcile to my abstract notions of the tenderness due to dumb creatures in the tranquil cruelty of angling. I can only palliate the wanton destructiveness of my amusement by trying to assure myself that my pleasure does not spring from the success of the treachery I practise toward a poor little fish, but rather from that innocent revelry in the luxuriance of summer life which only anglers enjoy to the utmost.
      - [Angling]

Thy best type, desire of the sad heart,--the heaven-ascending spire.
      - [Spires]

Time, O my friend, is money! Time wasted can never conduce to money well managed.
      - [Time]

To how many is the death of the beloved the parent of faith!
      - [Death]

To judge human character rightly, a man may sometimes have very small experience, provided he has a very large heart.
      - [Character]

To mourn deeply for the death of another loosens from myself the petty desire for, and the animal adherence to life. We have gained the end of the philosopher, and view without shrinking the coffin and the pall.
      - [Death]

Toil to some is happiness, and rest to others. This man can only breathe in crowds, and that man only in solitudes.
      - [Toil]

Trees the most lovingly shelter and shade us when, like the willow, the higher soar their summits the lowlier their boughs.
      - [Trees]

Vanity calculates but poorly on the vanity of others; what a virtue we should distil from frailty, what a world of pain we should save our brethren, if we would suffer our own weakness to be the measure of theirs.
      - [Vanity]

Vanity, indeed, is the very antidote to conceit; for while the former makes us all nerve to the opinion of others, the latter is perfectly satisfied with its opinion of itself.
      - [Vanity]

We are born for a higher destiny than that of earth; there is a realm where the rainbow never fades, where the stars will be spread before us like islands that slumber on the ocean, and where the beings that pass before us like shadows will stay in our presence forever.
      - [Immortality]

We cannot of ourselves estimate the degree of our success in what we strive for.
      - [Aspiration]

We lose the peace of years when we hunt after the rapture of moments.
      - [Joy]

We may observe in humorous authors that the faults they chiefly ridicule have often a likeness in themselves. Cervantes had much of the knight-errant in him; Sir George Etherege was unconsciously the Fopling Flutter of his own satire; Goldsmith was the same hero to chambermaids, and coward to ladies that he has immortalized in his charming comedy; and the antiquarian frivolities of Jonathan Oldbuck had their resemblance in Jonathan Oldbuck's creator.
      - [Authorship]

We must remember how apt man is to extremes--rushing from credulity and weakness to suspicion and distrust.
      - [Extremes]

We should provide for our age, in order that our age may have no urgent wants of this world to absorb it from the meditation of the next. It is awful to see the lean hands of dotage making a coffer of the grave!
      - [Age]

We tell our triumphs to the crowd, but our own hearts are the sole confidants of our sorrows.
      - [Success]

What a mistake to suppose that the passions are strongest in youth! The passions are not stronger, but the control over them is weaker! They are more easily excited, they are more violent and apparent; but they have less energy, less durability, less intense and concentrated power than in maturer life.
      - [Passion]

What a rare gift, by the by, is that of manners! how difficult to define, how much more difficult to impart! Better for a man to possess them than wealth, beauty, or talent; they will more than supply all.
      - [Manners]

What is human is immortal!
      - [Immortality]

What is past is past. There is a future left to all men, who have the virtue to repent and the energy to atone.
      - [Repentance]

What men want is not talent, it is purpose; not the power to achieve, but the will to labor.
      - [Labor]

What's money without happiness?
      - [Money]

What, after all, is heaven, but a transition from dim guesses and blind struggling with a mysterious and adverse fate to the fullness of all wisdom--from ignorance, in a word, to knowledge, but knowledge of what order?
      - [Heaven]

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