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SIR JAMES FITZJAMES STEPHEN
English judge and historian
(1829 - 1894)

History is the complement of poetry.
      - [History]

Power and courtly influence form an intoxicating draught even when raised to the lips of an ascetic and a saint.
      - [Power]

Used with due abstinence, hope acts as a healthful tonic; intemperately indulged, as an enervating opiate. The visions of future triumph, which at first animate exertion, if dwelt upon too intently, will usurp the place of the stern reality; and, noble objects will be contemplated, not for their own inherent worth, but on account of the day-dreams they engender. Thus hope, aided by imagination, makes one man a hero, another a somnambulist, and a third a lunatic; while it renders them all enthusiasts.
      - [Hope]

Wisdom may be the ultimate arbiter, but is seldom the immediate agent in human affairs.
      - [Wisdom]


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