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Scottish essayist and philosopher
(1795 - 1881)
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Society is founded on hero-worship.
      - [Hero Worship]

Speech is * * * the art of * * * stifling and suspending thought.
      - [Speech]

Speech is of time, silence is of eternity.
      - [Silence]

Speech that leads not to action, still more that hinders it, is a nuisance on the earth.
      - [Speech]

Superstition! that horrid incubus which dwelt in darkness, shunning the light, with all its racks, and poison chalices, and foul sleeping draughts, is passing away without return. Religion cannot pass away. The burning of a little straw may hide the stars of the sky; but the stars are there and will reappear.
      - [Superstition]

Taste, if it mean anything but a paltry connoisseurship, must mean a general susceptibility to truth and nobleness, a sense to discern, and a heart to love and reverence all beauty, order, goodness, wheresoever, or in whatsoever forms and accompaniments they are to be seen. This surely implies, as its chief condition, not any given external rank or situation, but a finely-gifted mind, purified into harmony with itself, into keenness and justness of vision; above all, kindled into love and generous admiration.
      - [Taste]

Tell a man he is brave, and you help him to become so.
      - [Bravery]

Terror itself, when once grown transcendental, becomes a kind of courage; as frost sufficiently intense, according to the poet Milton, will burn.
      - [Terror]

That there should one man die ignorant who had capacity for knowledge, this I call a tragedy, were it to happen more than twenty times in a minute, as by some computations it does.
      - [Education]

The all importance of clothes has sprung up in the intellect of the dandy without effort, like an instinct of genius; he is inspired with clothes, a poet of clothes.
      - [Fops]

The barrenest of all mortals is the sentimentalist.
      - [Sentimentality]

The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self activity.
      - [Books]

The block of granite, which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, becomes a stepping stone in the pathway of the strong.
      - [Perseverance]

The chambers of the East are opened in every land, and the sun come forth to sow the earth with orient pearl. Night, the ancient mother, follows him with her diadem of stars. * * * Bright creatures! how they gleam like spirits through the shadows of innumerable eyes from their thrones in the boundless depths of heaven.
      - [Stars]

The choking, sweltering, deadly, and killing rule of no rule; the consecration of cupidity and braying of folly, and dim stupidity and baseness, in most of the affairs of men. Slopshirts attainable three-halfpence cheaper by the ruin of living bodies and immortal souls.
      - [Anarchy]

The civil authority, or that part of it which remained faithful to their trust and true to the ends of the covenant, did, in answer to their consciences, turn out a tyrant, in a way which the Christians in aftertimes will mention with honor, and all tyrants in the world look at with fear.
      - in "Dictionary of National Biography," vol. XIII, in C.H. Firth's Cromwell article
        [Loyalty : Tyrants]

The coldest word was once a glowing new metaphor.
      - [Metaphors]

The curtains of Yesterday drop down, the curtains of To-morrow roll up; but Yesterday and To-morrow both are.
      - [Time]

The deadliest sin were the consciousness of no sin.
      - [Sin]

The deepest depth of vulgarism is that of setting up money as the ark of the covenant.
      - [Vulgarity]

The devil has his elect.
      - [Devil]

The difference between Socrates and Jesus Christ? The great Conscious; the immeasurably great Unconscious.
      - [Greatness]

The end of man is an action, and not thought, though it were the noblest.
      - quoting Aristotle [Action]

The essence of humor is sensibility; warm, tender fellow-feeling with all forms of existence.
      - [Humor]

The eternal stars shine out as soon as it is dark enough.
      - [Affliction]

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