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Scottish essayist and philosopher
(1795 - 1881)
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Evil, once manfully fronted, ceases to be evil; there is generous battle-hope in place of dead, passive misery; the evil itself has become a kind of good.
      - [Evil]

Experience does take dreadfully high school-wages, but he teaches like no other.
      - [Experience]

Eyes bright, with many tears, behind them.
      - [Eyes]

Foolish men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice, but an accident alone, here below. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two; but it is sure as life, it is sure as death!
      - [Judgment]

For all right judgment of any man or thing it is useful, nay, essential, to see his good qualities before pronouncing on his bad.
      - [Judgment]

For of a truth stupidity is strong, most strong, as the poet Schiller sings, "Against stupidity the very gods fight invictorious.
      - [Dullness]

Force, force, everywhere force; we ourselves a mysterious force in the center of that. There is not a leaf rotting on the highway but has force in it; how else could it rot?
      - [Force]

France was long a despotism tempered by epigrams.
      - [France]

Friend, hast thou considered the "rugged, all-nourishing earth," as Sophocles well names her; how she feeds the sparrow on the housetop, much more her darling man?
      - [Earth]

Generations are as the days of toilsome mankind; death and birth are the vesper and the matin bells that summon mankind to sleep and to rise refreshed for new advancement. What the father has made, the son can make and enjoy; but has also work of his own appointed him. Thus all things wax and roll onwards: arts, establishments, opinions, nothing is ever completed, but ever completing.
      - [Progress]

Genius is an immense capacity for taking trouble.
      - [Genius]

Genius is the capacity for taking infinite pains.
      - [Genius]

Give a thing time; if it can succeed it is a right thing. Look now at American Saxondom; and at that little fact of the sailing of the Mayflower two hundred years ago * * * ! Were we of open sense as the Greeks were, we had found a poem here; one of nature's own poems, such as she writes in broad facts over great continents. For it was properly the beginning of America. There were straggling settlers in America before, some material as if a body was there; but the soul of it was first this. * * * They thought the earth would yield them food, if they tilled honestly; the everlasting heaven would stretch there, too, overhead; they should be left in peace to prepare for eternity by living well in this world of time, worshiping in what they thought the true, not the idolatrous, way. * * * Hah! these men, I think, had a work! The weak thing, weaker than a child, becomes strong in one day, if it be a true thing. Puritanism was only despicable, laughable then, but nobody can manage to laugh at it now.
      - [Forefathers Day]

Give us, O give us, the man who sings at his work! Be his occupation what it may, he is equal to any of those who follow the same pursuit in silent sullenness. He will do more in the same time,--he will do it better,--he will persevere longer. One is scarcely sensible of fatigue whilst be marches to music. The very stars are said to make harmony as they revolve in their spheres. Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, altogether past calculation its powers of endurance. Efforts, to be permanently useful, must be uniformly joyous,--a spirit all sunshine,--graceful from very gladness,--beautiful because bright.
      - [Cheerfulness]

God gave you that gifted tongue of yours, and set it between your teeth, to make known your true meaning to us, not to be rattled like a muffin man's bell.
      - [Eloquence]

Good Christian people, here lies for you an inestimable loan; take all heed thereof, in all carefulness, employ it: with high recompense, or else with heavy penalty, will it one day be required back.
      - [Babies : Children]

Graceful, ingenious, illuminative reading.
      - [Reading]

Great is self-denial! * * * Life goes all to ravels and tatters where that enters not.
      - [Self-denial]

Great is wisdom; infinite is the value of wisdom. It cannot be exaggerated; it is the highest achievement of man.
      - [Wisdom]

Great souls are always loyally submissive, reverent to what is over them: only small mean souls are otherwise.
      - [Greatness]

Habit and imitation--there is nothing more perennial in us than these two. They are the source of all working, and all apprenticeship, of all practice, and all learning, in this world.
      - [Habit]

Habit is the deepest law of human nature.
      - [Habit]

Happy season of childhood! Kind Nature, that art to all a bountiful mother; that visitest the poor man's hut With auroral radiance; and for thy nursling hast provided a soft swathing of love and infinite hope wherein he waxes and slumbers, danced round by sweetest dreams!
      - [Children]

Happy season of virtuous youth, when shame is still an impassable barrier, and the sacred air-cities of hope have not shrunk into the mean clay hamlets of reality; and man, by his nature, is yet infinite and free.
      - [Castles in the Air]

"Hast thou hope?" they asked of John Knox, when he lay a-dying. He spoke nothing, but raised his finger and pointed upward, and so died.
      - [Hope]

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