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Scottish essayist and philosopher
(1795 - 1881)
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In no time whatever can small critics entirely eradicate out of living men's hearts a certain altogether peculiar collar reverence for Great Men--genuine admiration, loyalty, adora-tion.
      - [Appreciation]

In our wide world there is but one altogether fatal personage, the dunce,--he that speaks irrationally, that sees not, and yet thinks he sees.
      - [Stupidity]

In the huge mass of evil as it rolls and swells, there is ever some good working toward deliverance and triumph.
      - [Evil]

In the true literary man there is thus ever, acknowledged or not by the world, a sacredness; he is the light of the world; the world's priest--guiding it, like a sacred pillar of fire, in its dark pilgrimage through the waste of time.
      - [Scholarship]

In this world there is one godlike thing, the essence of all that ever was or ever will be of godlike in this world,--the veneration done to human worth by the hearts of men.
      - [Appreciation]

Incipient beings.
      - [Babies]

Infinite is the help man can yield to man.
      - [Brotherhood]

Insurrection, never so necessary, is a most sad necessity; and governors who wait for that to instruct them are surely getting into the fatalest course.
      - [Revolution]

Intellect is the soul of man, the only immortal part of him.
      - [Intellect]

Is not cant the materia prima of the devil, from which all falsehoods, imbecilities, abominations, body themselves, from which no true thing can come? For cant is itself the properly a double-distilled lie, the second power of a lie.
      - [Cant]

Is not light grander than fire?
      - [Light]

It is a fact which escapes no one, that, generally speaking, whoso is acquainted with his worth has but a little stock to cultivate acquaintance with.
      - [Conceit]

It is not to taste sweet things; but to do noble and true things, and vindicate himself under God's heaven as a God-made man, that the poorest son of Adam dimly longs. Show him the way of doing that, the dullest day-drudge kindles into a hero. They wrong man greatly who say he is to be seduced by ease. Difficulty, abnegation, martyrdom, death, are the allurements that act on the heart of man. Kindle the inner genial life of him, you have a flame that burns up all lower considerations.
      - [Action : Aspiration : Excelsior]

It is the heart always that sees, before the head can see.
      - [Heart]

It is well said, in every sense, that a man's religion is the chief fact with regard to him.
      - [Religion]

It seems to me a great truth that human things cannot stand on selfishness, mechanical utilities, economies and law courts; that if there be not a religious element in the relations of men, such relations are miserable, and doomed to ruin.
      - [Government]

It's a man's sincerity and depth of vision that makes him a poet.
      - [Poets]

Just in ratio as knowledge increases, faith diminishes.
      - [Knowledge]

Labor is life: from the inmost heart of the worker rises his God-given force, the sacred celestial life-essence breathed into him by Almighty God!
      - [Labor]

Labor, wide as the earth, has its summit in heaven.
      - [Labor]

Laughter means sympathy.
      - [Laughter]

Learn to be good readers, which is perhaps a more difficult thing than you imagine. Learn to be discriminative in your reading; to read faithfully, and with your best attention, all kinds of things which you have a real interest in,--a real, not an imaginary,--and which you find to be really fit for what you are engaged in.
      - [Reading]

Let him who gropes painfully in darkness or uncertain light, and prays vehemently that the dawn may ripen into day, lay this precept well to heart: "Do the duty which lies nearest to thee," which thou knowest to be a duty! Thy second duty will already have become clearer.
      - [Duty]

Let me have my own way exactly in everything, and a sunnier and pleasanter creature does not exist.
      - [Pleasure]

Lies exist only to be extinguished.
      - [Lying]

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