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Scottish essayist and philosopher
(1795 - 1881)
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What the light of your mind, which is the direct inspiration of the Almighty, pronounces incredible, that, in God's name, leave uncredited. At your peril do not try believing that!
      - [Credulity]

What unknown seas of feeling lie in man, and will from time to time break through!
      - [Feeling]

What we might call, by way of Eminence, the Dismal Science.
      - [Science]

When I gaze into the stars, they look down upon me with pity from their serene and silent spaces, like eyes glistening with tears over the little lot of man. Thousands of generations, all as noisy as our own, have been swallowed up by time, and there remains no record of them any more. Yet Arcturus and Orion, Sirius and Pleiades, are still shining in their courses, clear and young, as when the shepherd first noted them in the plain of Shinar!
      - [Stars]

When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with its fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.
      - [Oak]

Whoever has sixpence is sovereign over all men,--to the extent of the sixpence; commands cooks to feed him, philosophers to teach him, kings to mount guard over him,--to the extent of sixpence.
      - [Money]

Whose school-hours are all the days and nights of our existence.
      - [Education]

Wise man was he who counselled that speculation should have free course, and look fearlessly towards all the thirty-two points of the compass, whithersoever and howsoever it listed.
      - [Speculation]

With respect to duels, indeed, I have my own ideas. Few things in this so surprising world strike me with more surprise. Two little visual spectra of men, hovering with insecure enough cohesion in the midst of the unfathomable, and to dissolve therein, at any rate, very soon, make pause at the distance of twelve paces asunder; whirl around, and simultaneously by the cunningest mechanism, explode one another into dissolution; and, offhand, become air, and non-extant--the little spitfires!
      - [Dueling]

With union grounded on falsehood and ordering us to speak and act lies, we will not have anything to do. Peace? A brutal lethargy is peaceable; the noisome is peaceable. We hope for a living peace, not a dead one!
      - [Peace]

Without kindness, there can be no true joy.
      - [Joy]

Without labor there were no ease, no rest, so much as conceivable.
      - [Work]

Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, altogether past calculation its powers of endurance.
      - [Cheerfulness]

Work is alone noble.
      - [Work]

Teaching school is but another word for sure and not very slow destruction.
      - "In Mathematical Circles" by H. Eves

Speech is silvern, silence is golden.
      - A Swiss Inscription,
        quoted in "Sartor Resartus", bk. III, ch. III, a German proverb
        [Proverbs : Silence : Speech]

It is the first of all problems for a man to find out what kind of work he is to do in this universe.
      - Address at Edinburgh [Work]

Let Time and Chance combine, combine!
  Let Time and Chance combine!
    The fairest love from heaven above,
      That love of yours was mine,
        My Dear!
          That love of yours was mine.
      - Adieu [Love]

Metaphysics is the attempt of the mind to rise above the mind.
      - Characteristics [Metaphysics]

A witty statesman said, you might prove anything by figures.
      - Chartism [Numbers]

You may prove anything by figures.
      - quoted by Chartism (no. 2) [Proof]

Histories are as perfect as the Historian is wise, and is gifted with an eye and a soul.
      - Cromwell's Letter and Speeches--Introduction
         (ch. I) [History]

Without oblivion, there is no remembrance possible. When both oblivion and memory are wise, when the general soul of man is clear, melodious, true, there may come a modern Iliad as memorial of the Past.
      - Cromwell's Letters and Speeches--Introduction
         (ch. I) [Oblivion]

This Mirabeau's work, then is done. He sleeps with the primeval giants. He has gone over to the majority: "Abiit ad plures."
      - Essay on Mirabeau (close) [Epitaphs]

Fame, we may understand, is no sure test of merit, but only a probability of such: it is an accident, not a property of a man.
      - Essay--Goethe [Fame]

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