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Scottish essayist and philosopher
(1795 - 1881)
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Hast thou not Greek enough to understand thus much: the end of man is an action and not a thought, though it were of the noblest.
      - [Action]

He walked into Judaea eighteen hundred years ago; His sphere melody, flowing in wild native tones, took captive the ravished souls of men, and, being of a truth sphere melody, still flows and sounds, though now with thousandfold accompaniments and rich symphonies, through all our hearts, and modulates and divinely leads them.
      - [Christ]

He who cannot withal keep his mind to himself cannot practice any considerable thing whatsoever.
      - [Silence]

He who talks much about virtue in the abstract, begins to be suspected; it is shrewdly guessed that where there is great preaching there will be little almsgiving.
      - [Virtue]

Heroes have gone out; quacks have come in; the reign of quacks has not ended with the nineteenth century. The sceptre is held with a firmer grasp; the empire has a wider boundary. We are all the slaves of quackery in one shape or another. Indeed, one portion of our being is always playing the successful quack to the other.
      - [Quacks]

Heroes, it would seem, exist always and a certain worship of them.
      - [Heroes]

Heroism--the divine relation which in all times unites a great man to other men.
      - [Heroism]

His sparkling sallies bubbled up as from a[e]reated natural fountains.
      - [Wit]

History is a mighty drama, enacted upon, the theatre of time, with suns for lamps and eternity for a background.
      - [History]

How a thing grows in the human memory, in the human imagination, when love, worship, and all that lies in the human heart, is there to encourage it.
      - [Memory]

How indestructibly the good grows, and propagates itself, even among the weedy entanglements of evil.
      - [Goodness]

How shall he give kindling in whose own inward man there is no live coal, but all is burnt out to a dead grammatical cinder?
      - [Teaching]

How were friendship possible? In mutual devotedness to the good and true; otherwise impossible, except as armed neutrality or hollow commercial league. A man, be the heavens ever praised, is sufficient for himself; yet were ten men, united in love, capable of being and of doing what ten thousand singly would fail in. Infinite is the help man can yield to man.
      - [Friendship]

How, without clothes, could we possess the master organ, soul's seat and true pineal gland of the body social--I mean a purse?
      - [Purse]

I call the Book of Job, apart from all theories about it, one of the grandest things ever written with pen.
      - [Bible]

I grow daily to honor facts more and more, and theory less and less.
      - [Facts]

I should say sincerity, a deep, great, genuine sincerity, is the first characteristic of all men in any way heroic.
      - [Sincerity]

I too acknowledge the all-out omnipotence of early culture and nature; hereby we have either a doddered dwarf-bush, or a high-towering, wide-shadowing tree! either a sick yellow cabbage, or an edible luxuriant green one. Of a truth, it is the duty of all men, especially of all philosophers, to note down with accuracy the characteristic circumstances of their education,--what furthered, what hindered, what in any way modified it.
      - [Education]

I want to meet my God awake.
      - [Death]

"If that is not God," said Mirabeau, as the sun shone into his death-chamber, "it is at least his cousin-german."
      - [Sun]

If there be not a religious element in the relations of men, such relations are miserable and doomed to ruin.
      - [Religion]

If you do not wish a man to do a thing, you had better get him to talk about it; for the more men talk, the more likely they are to do nothing else.
      - [Words]

If you don't wish a man to do a thing you had better get him to talk about it; for the more men talk, the more likely they are to do nothing else.
      - [Talking]

In every epoch of the world, the great event, parent of all others, is it not the arrival of a Thinker in the world?
      - [Thinkers]

In idleness there is perpetual despair.
      - [Idleness]

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