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English author, historian, statesman and poet
(1800 - 1859)
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The effective strength of sects is not to be ascertained merely by counting heads.
      - [Sects]

The end of government is the happiness of the people.
      - [Government]

The English Bible--a book which, if every thing else in our language should perish, would alone suffice to show the whole extent of its beauty and power.
      - [Bible]

The good-humor of a man elated with success often displays itself towards enemies.
      - [Good Humor]

The knowledge of the theory of logic has no tendency whatever to make men good reasoners.
      - [Logic]

The memory of other authors is kept alive by their works, but the memory of Johnson keeps many of his works alive.
      - [Authorship]

The most beautiful object in the world, it will be allowed, is a beautiful woman.
      - [Charm]

The Orientals have another word for accident; it is "kismet,"--fate.
      - [Accident]

The passages in which Milton has alluded to his own circumstances are perhaps read more frequently, and with more interest, than any other lines in his poems.
      - [Egotism]

The perfect disinterestedness and self-devotion of which men seem incapable, but which is sometimes found in women.
      - [Devotion]

The real object of the drama is the exhibition of the human character.
      - [Drama]

The real security of Christianity is to be found in its benevolent morality, in its exquisite adaptation to the human heart, in the facility, with which its scheme accommodates itself to the capacity of every human intellect, in the consolation which it bears to every house of mourning, in the light with which it brightens the great mystery of the grave.
      - [Christianity]

The Saviour of mankind Himself, in whose blameless life malice could find no act to impeach, has been called in question for words spoken.
      - [Christ]

The study of the properties of numbers, Plato tells us, habituates the mind to the contemplation of pure truth, and raises us above the material universe. He would have his disciples apply themselves to this study, not that they may be able to buy or sell, not that they may qualify themselves to be shopkeepers or travelling merchants, but that they may learn to withdraw their minds from the ever-shifting spectacle of this visible and tangible world, and to fix them on the immutable essences of things.
      - [Mathematics]

The temple of silence and reconciliation.
      - [Graves]

The upper current of society presents no pertain criterion by which we can judge of the direction in which the under current flows.
      - [Society]

There are countries in which it would be as absurd to establish popular governments as to abolish all the restraints in a school or to unite all the strait-waistcoats in a madhouse.
      - [Politics]

There is no country in Europe which is so easy to over-run as Spain; there is no country which it is more difficult to conquer.
      - [Spain]

"There is no difficulty," says the steward of Moliere's miser, "in giving a fine dinner with plenty of money; the really great cook is he who can set out a banquet with no money at all."
      - [Finesse]

There was, it is said, a criminal in Italy who was suffered to make his choice between Guicciardini and the galleys. He chose the history. But the war of Pisa was too much for him; he changed his mind, and went to the oars.
      - [Reading]

This is the highest miracle of genius, that things which are not should be as though they were, that the imaginations of one mind should become the personal recollections of another.
      - [Authorship]

Those who have read history with discrimination know the fallacy of those panegyrics and invectives which represent individuals as effecting great moral and intellectual revolutions, subverting established systems, and imprinting a new character on their age. The difference between one man and another is by no means so great as the superstitious crowd suppose.
      - [Greatness]

Those who seem to load the public taste are, in general, merely outrunning it in the direction which it is spontaneously pursuing.
      - [Fashion]

To be a really good historian is perhaps the rarest of intellectual distinctions.
      - [Historians]

War is never lenient but where it is wanton; where men are compelled to fight in self-defence, they must hate and avenge. This may be bad, but it is human nature; it is the clay as it came from the hands of the Potter.
      - [War]

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