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RT. HON. WILLIAM EWART GLADSTONE
English statesman and author
(1809 - 1898)
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A long experience impresses me with the belief that selfishness does not grow in intensity as we move downward in society from class to class.
      - [Selfishness]

An enduring fame is one stamped by the judgment of the future,--that future which dispels illusions, and smashes idols into dust.
      - [Fame]

Anger is not only the prevailing sin of argument, but its greatest stumbling-block.
      - [Anger]

Apt quotations carry conviction.
      - [Quotations]

Avarice, where it has full dominion, excludes every other passion.
      - [Avarice]

Censure and criticism never hurt anybody. If false, they can't hurt you unless you are wanting in manly character; and if true, they show a man his weak points; and forewarn him against failure and trouble.
      - [Criticism]

Classes and masses.
      - used by,
        see Moore, "Fudges in England", Letter 4
        [Public]

Commerce is the equalizer of the wealth of nations.
      - [Commerce]

Duty is a power which rises with us in the morning, and goes to rest with us at night. It is coextensive with the action of our intelligence. It is the shadow which cleaves to us, go where we will, and which only leaves us when we leave the light of life.
      - [Duty]

For works of the mind really great there is no old age, no decrepitude. It is inconceivable that a time should come when Homer, Dante, Shakespeare, should not ring in the ears of civilized man.
      - [Authorship]

Give time to the Evil One, and you give him all he requires.
      - [Idleness]

I always admired Mrs. Grote's saying that politics and theology were the only two really great subjects.
      - in a letter to Lord Roseberry [Argument]

Individuals, not stations, ornament society.
      - [Individuality]

Justice delayed is justice denied.
      - [Justice]

Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence; conservatism, distrust of the people tempered by fear.
      - [Liberality]

Man himself is the crowning wonder of creation; the study of his nature the noblest study the world affords.
      - [Man]

Mediocrity is now, as formerly, dangerous, commonly fatal, to the poet; but among even the successful writers of prose, those who rise sensibly above it are the very rarest exceptions.
      - [Mediocrity]

Men are apt to mistake the strength of their feeling for the strength of their argument. The heated mind resents the chill touch and relentless scrutiny of logic.
      - [Logic]

No ritual is too much, provided it is subsidiary to the inner work of worship; and all ritual is too much unless it ministers to that purpose.
      - [Religion]

Nothing can be hostile to religion which is agreeable to justice.
      - [Religion]

Nothing more surely cultivates and embellishes a man than association with refined and virtuous women.
      - [Ingratitude]

The classes and the masses.
      - a phrase used by him [Society]

The duties of government are paternal.
      - [Government]

The free expression of opinion, as our experience has taught us, is the safety-valve of passion. That noise of the rushing steam, when it escapes, alarms the timid; but it is the sign that we are safe.
      - [Opinion]

The most distinguished professional men bear witness, with an overwhelming authority, in favor of a course of education in which to train the mind shall be the first object, and to stock it, the second.
      - [Education]


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