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English poet and critic
(1772 - 1834)
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Chance is but the pseudonyme of God for those particular cases which He does not choose to subscribe openly with His own sign manual.
      - [Chance]

Christianity is within a man, even as he is gifted with reason; it is associated with your mother's chair, and with the first remembered, tones of her blessed voice.
      - [Christianity]

Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
      - [Common Sense]

Common sense is an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
      - [Wisdom]

Courage multiplies the chances of success by sometimes making opportunities, and always availing itself of them; and in this sense Fortune may be said to favor fools by those who, however prudent in their opinion, are deficient in valor and enterprise.
      - [Courage]

Death but supplies the oil for the inextinguishable lamp of life.
      - [Death]

Death came with friendly care, the opening bud to heaven conveyed, and bade it blossom there.
      - [Death]

Democracy is the healthful lifeblood which circulates through the veins and arteries, which supports the system, but which ought never to appear externally, and as the mere blood itself.
      - [Democracy]

Either we have an immortal soul, or we have not. If we have not, we are beasts,--the first and the wisest of beasts, it may be, but still true beasts. We shall only differ in degree and not in kind,--just as the elephant differs from the slug. But by the concession of the materialists of all the schools, or almost all, we are not of the same kind as beasts, and this also we say from our own consciousness. Therefore, methinks, it must be the possession of the soul within us that makes the difference.
      - [Soul]

Enlist the interests of stern Morality and religious Enthusiasm in the cause of Political Liberty, as in the time of the old Puritans, and it will be irresistible.
      - [Enthusiasm]

Every crime
  Has, in the moment of its perpetration,
    Its own avenging angel--dark misgiving,
      An ominous sinking at the inmost heart.
      - [Crime]

Every human feeling is greater and larger than the exciting cause.
      - [Feeling]

Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, that itself will need reforming.
      - [Reform]

Exclusively of the abstract sciences, the largest and worthiest portion of our knowledge consists of aphorisms, and the greatest, and best of men is but an aphorism.
      - [Aphorisms]

Facts are not truths; they are not conclusions; they are not even premises, but in the nature and parts of premises.
      - [Facts]

Falsehood is fire in stubble; it likewise turns all the light stuff around it into its own substance for a moment, one crackling blazing moment, and then dies; and all its converts are scattered in the wind, without place or evidence of their existence, as viewless as the wind which scatters them.
      - [Falsehood]

For more than a thousand years the Bible, collectively taken, has gone hand in hand with civilization science, law; in short, with the moral and intellectual cultivation of the species, always supporting and often leading he way.
      - [Bible]

Force yourself to reflect on what you read, paragraph by paragraph.
      - [Reading]

Friends should be weighed, not told; who boasts to have won a multitude of friends has never had one.
      - [Friends]

Genius is the power of carrying the feelings of childhood into the powers of manhood.
      - [Genius]

Genius of the highest kind implies an unusual intensity of the modifying power.
      - [Genius]

God is everywhere! the God who framed
  Mankind to be one, mighty family,
    Himself our Father, and the world our home.
      - [God]

Good and bad men are each less so than they seem.
      - [Goodness]

Great books are not in everybody's reach; and though it is better to know them thoroughly, than to know them only here and there; yet it is a good work to give a little to those who have neither the time nor means to get more. Let every book-worm, when, in any fragrant scarce old tome, he discovers a sentence, a story, and illustration that does his heart good, hasten to give it.
      - [Books]

Guilt is a timorous thing ere perpetration; despair alone makes guilty men be bold.
      - [Guilt]

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