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Scottish essayist and philosopher
(1795 - 1881)
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Under all speech that is good for anything three lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.
      - Essays--Memoir of the Life of Scott

Literature is the thought of thinking Souls.
      - Essays--Memoirs of the Life of Scott

There is no life of a man, faithfully recorded, but is a heroic poem of sort, rhymed or unrhymed.
      - Essays--Memoirs on the Life of Scott

Woe to him, . . . who has no court of appeal against the world's judgment.
      - Essays--Mirabeau [Judgment]

No good Book, or good thing of any sort, shows its best face at first.
      - Essays--Novalis [Goodness]

Before philosophy can teach by Experience, the Philosophy has to be in readiness, the Experience must be gathered and intelligibly recorded.
      - Essays--On History [Philosophy]

History is the essence of innumerable Biographies.
      - Essays--On History [History]

History, as it lies at the root of all science, is also the first distinct product of man's spiritual nature; his earliest expression of what can be called Thought.
      - Essays--On History [History]

In a certain sense all men are historians.
      - Essays--On History [History]

Providence has given to the French the empire of the land, to the English that of the sea, to the Germans that of--the air!
      - Essays--Richter [England : Possession]

He is wise who can instruct us and assist us in the business of virtuous living.
      - Essays--Schiller [Teaching]

Youth is to all the glad reason of life; but often only by what it hopes, not by what it attains, or what it escapes.
      - Essays--Schiller [Youth]

It is in general more profitable to reckon up our defects than to boast of our attainments.
      - Essays--Signs of the Times [Character]

Literary Men are . . . a perpetual priesthood.
      - Essays--State of German Literature

Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
      - Essays--The Opera [Music]

The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.
      - Essays--Varnhagen von Ense's Memoirs

On the whole we must repeat the often repeated saying, that it is unworthy a religious man to view an irreligious one either with alarm or aversion; or with any other feeling than regret, and hope, and brotherly commiseration.
      - Essays--Voltaire [Religion]

We have oftener than once endeavoured to attach some meaning to that aphorism, vulgarly imputed to Shaftesbury, which however we can find nowhere in his works, that "ridicule is the test of truth."
      - Essays--Voltaire [Ridicule]

Creation is great, and cannot be understood.
      - Essays-Characteristics [Creation]

Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius.
      - Essays-Schiller [Humor]

Genius . . . means the transcendent capacity of taking trouble.
      - Frederick the Great (bk. IV, ch. III)

If they could forget for a moment the correggiosity of Correggio and the learned babble of the sale-room and varnishing Auctioneer.
      - Frederick the Great (bk. IV, ch. III)

Money, which is of very uncertain value, and sometimes has no value at all and even less.
      - Frederick the Great (bk. IV, ch. III)

A Fourth Estate, of Able Editors, springs up.
      - French Revolution (pt. I, bk. VI, ch. 5)

Is not every meanest day the confluence of two eternities?
      - French Revolution (pt. I, bk. VI, ch. V)

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