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Scottish author, biographer and social reformer
(1812 - 1904)
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It is not ease, but effort--not facility, but difficulty, that makes men. There is, perhaps, no station in life in which difficulties have not to be encountered and overcome before any decided measure of success can be achieved.
      - [Opposition]

It is observed at sea that men are never so much disposed to grumble and mutiny as when least employed. Hence an old captain, when there was nothing else to do, would issue the order to "scour the anchor."
      - [Occupations]

It is the close observation of little things which is the secret of success in business, in art, in science, and in every pursuit in life. Human knowledge is but an accumulation of small facts made by successive generations of men--the little bits of knowledge and experience carefully treasured up by them growing at length into a mighty pyramid.
      - [Observation]

It will generally be found that men who are constantly lamenting their ill luck are only reaping the consequences of their own neglect, mismanagement, and improvidence, or want of application.
      - [Luck]

Liberty is quite as much a moral as a political growth,--the result of free individual action, energy, and independence.
      - [Liberty]

Life is of little value unless it be consecrated by duty.
      - [Duty]

Like men, nations are purified and strengthened by trials.
      - [Nation]

Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine; but lost time is gone forever.
      - [Time]

Manners are the ornament of action.
      - [Manners]

Men often discover their affinity to each other by the mutual love they have for a book.
      - [Books]

Method is essential, and enables a larger amount of work to be got through with satisfaction. "Method," said Cecil (afterward Lord Burleigh), "is like packing things in a box; a good packer will get in half as much again as a bad one." Cecil's despatch of business was extraordinary; his maxim being, "The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at once."
      - [Method]

Necessity is always the first stimulus to industry, and those who conduct it with prudence, perseverance and energy will rarely fail. Viewed in this light, the necessity of labor is not a chastisement, but a blessing,--the very root and spring of all that we call progress in individuals and civilization in nations.
      - [Necessity]

Necessity, oftener than facility, has been the mother of invention; and the most prolific school of all has been the school of difficulty.
      - [Necessity]

No good thing is ever lost. Nothing dies, not even life which gives up one form only to resume another. No good action, no good example dies. It lives forever in our race. While the frame moulders and disappears, the deed leaves an indelible stamp, and molds the very thought and will of future generations.
      - [Goodness]

Obedience, submission, discipline, courage--these are among the characteristics which make a man.
      - [Man]

"One might almost fear," writes a thoughtful woman, "seeing how the women of to-day are lightly stirred up to run after some new fashion or faith, that heaven is not so near to them as it was to their mothers and grandmothers."
      - [Caprice]

Politeness goes far, yet costs nothing.
      - [Manners]

Purposes, like eggs, unless they be hatched into action, will run into rottenness.
      - [Intention]

Self-control is only courage under another form.
      - [Self-control]

Self-respect is the noblest garment with which a man may clothe himself,--the most elevating feeling with which the mind can be inspired. One of Pythagoras' wisest maxims, in his Golden Verses, is that in which he enjoins the pupil to "reverence himself."
      - [Self-respect]

Stagnant satisfaction!
      - [Idleness]

Stothard learned the art of combining colors by closely studying butterflies wings; he would often say that no one knew what he owed to these tiny insects. A burnt stick and a barn door served Wilkie in lieu of pencil and canvas.
      - [Painting]

Sympathy is the golden key that unlocks the hearts of others.
      - [Sympathy]

The best school of discipline is home. Family life is God's own method of training the young, and homes are very much as women make them.
      - [Domesticity]

The career of a great man remains an enduring monument of human energy. The man dies and disappears, but his thoughts and acts survive, and leave an indelible stamp upon his race.
      - [Ingratitude]

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