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JOHN RUSSELL (1)
English writer
(fl. 1450)

A proverb is one man's wit and all men's wisdom.
      - in Notes to Roger's "Italy", claimed by him as his original definition of a proverb
        [Proverbs (General)]

Among the defects of the bill [Lord Derby's] which are numerous, one provision is conspicuous by its presence and another by its absence.
      - in an address to the Electors of the City of London
        [Absence]

Astronomy is the science of the harmony of infinite expanse.
      - [Astronomy]

Collision is as necessary to produce virtue in men as it is to elicit fire in inanimate matter; and chivalry is the essence of virtue.
      - [Chivalry]

Imagination is that faculty which arouses the passions by the impression of exterior objects; it is influenced by these objects, and consequently it is in affinity with them; it is contagious; its fear or courage flies from imagination to imagination; the same in love, hate, joy, or grief; hence I conclude it to be a most subtle atmosphere.
      - [Imagination]

In a moral point of view, the life of the agriculturist is the most pure and holy of any class of Men; pure, because it is the most healthful, and vice can hardly find time to contaminate it; and holy, because it brings the Deity perpetually before his view, giving him thereby the most exalted notions of supreme power, and the most fascinating and endearing view of moral benignity.
      - [Agriculture]

It is the habit of party in England to ask the alliance of a man of genius, but to follow the guidance of a man of character.
      - [Genius]

Our greatest actions, or of good or evil,
  The hero's and the murderer's spring at once
    From their conception: O! how many deeds
      Of deathless virtue and immortal crime
        The world had wanted, had the actor said,
          I will do this to-morrow.
      - [Delay]

It is of the utmost importance that a nation should have a correct standard by which to weigh the character of its rulers.
      - Correspondence of the Duke of Bedford (3rd Volume)
         (introduction) [Character]

If peace cannot be maintained with honor, it is no longer peace.
      - Speech at Greenoch [Peace]


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