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BISHOP WILLIAM WARBURTON
English prelate, theologian and critic
(1698 - 1779)

A lie has no legs, and cannot stand; but it has wings, and can fly far and wide.
      - [Lying]

Fanaticism is a fire, which heats the mind indeed, but heats without purifying. It stimulates and ferments all the passions; but it rectifies none of them.
      - [Fanaticism]

High birth is a thing which I never knew any one to disparage except those who had it not; and I never knew any one to make a boast of it who had anything else to be proud of.
      - [Ancestry]

Of all literary exercitations, whether designed for the use or entertainment of the world, there are none of so much importance, or so immediately our concern, as those which let us into the knowledge of our own nature. Others may exercise the understanding or amuse the imagination; but these only can improve the heart and form the human mind to wisdom.
      - [Self-examination]

Reason is the test of ridicule--not ridicule the test of truth.
      - [Reason]

Short, isolated sentences were the mode in which ancient wisdom delighted to convey its precepts for the regulation of human conducts.
      - [Apothegms]

The Egyptians, by the concurrent testimony of antiquity, were among the first who taught that the soul was immortal.
      - [Soul]

The skilful disputant well knows that he never has his enemy at more advantage than when, by allowing the premises, he shows him arguing wrong from his own principles.
      - [Argument : Discussion]

Without enthusiasm, the adventurer could never kindle that fire in his followers which is so necessary to consolidate their mutual interests; for no one can heartily deceive numbers who is not first of all deceived himself.
      - [Enthusiasm]

Enthusiasm is that temper of the mind in which the imagination has got the better of the judgment.
      - Divine Legation (bk. V, app.) [Enthusiasm]


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