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A faithful friend is the true image of the Deity.
A journalist is a grumbler, a censurer, a giver of advice, a regent of sovereigns, a tutor of nations. Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.
A well-composed song strikes the mind and softens the feelings, and produces a greater effect than a moral work, which convinces our reason, but does not warm our feelings, nor effect the slightest alteration in our habits.
Ability is of little account with opportunity.
Across the chasm of eighteen hundred years Jesus Christ makes a demand which is beyond all others difficult to satisfy. He asks that for which a philosopher may often seek in vain at the hands of his friends, or a father of his children, or a bride of her spouse, or a man of his brother. He asks for the human heart; he will have it entirely to himself; he demands it unconditionally, and forthwith his demand is granted. Wonderful!
Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and I myself have founded empires; but upon what do these creations of our genius depend? Upon force, Jesus alone founded His empire upon love; and to this very day millions would die for Him.
All celebrated people lose on a close view.
All Italians are plunderers.
[It., Gli Italiani tutti ladroni.]
Not all but a good part.
[It., Non tutti, ma buona parte.]
- said when in Italy, and the response by a lady who overheard him
All systems of morality are fine. The Gospel alone has exhibited a complete assemblage of the principles of morality divested of all absurdity. It is not composed, like your creed, of a few commonplace sentences put in bad verse. Do you wish to see that which is really sublime? Repeat the Lord's Prayer.
All systems of morality are fine. The gospel alone has exhibited a complete assemblage of the principles of morality, divested of all absurdity. It is not composed, like your creed, of a few common-place sentences put into bad verse. Do you wish to see that which is really sublime? Repeat the Lord's Prayer.
All the great captains have performed vast achievements by conforming with the rules of art--by adjusting efforts to obstacles.
All the scholastic scaffolding falls, as a ruined edifice, before one single word--faith.
All the women in the world would not make me lose an hour.
America is a fortunate country. She grows by the follies of our European nations.
An aristocracy is the true support of a monarchy.
Brave deeds are the monuments of brave men.
But it is at home and not in public that one should wash ones dirty linen.
[Fr., Car c'est en famille, ce n'est pas en public, qu'un lave son linge sale.]
- in a speech to the Legislative Assembly on his return from Elba
Called to the throne by the voice of the people, my maxim has always been, A career open to talent without distinction of birth. It is this system of equality for which the European oligarchy detests me.
Circumstances! I make circumstances.
Do you know what is more hard to bear than the reverses of fortune? It is the baseness, the hideous ingratitude, of man.
Even in war, moral power is to physical as three parts out of four.
Every hour of lost time is a chance of future misfortune.
For my part, it is not the mystery of the incarnation which I discover in religion, but the mystery of social order, which associates with heaven that idea of equality which prevents the rich from destroying the poor.
For the maintenance of peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks which forerun cannon-shots.
- to Czar Alexander at Tilsit [Trifles]
Forethought we may have, undoubtedly, but not foresight.
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