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[ Also see Beginnings End Justification Motive Reason ]

Those physical difficulties which you cannot account for, be very slow to arraign; for he that would be wiser than Nature would be wiser than God.
      - Jeremy Bentham

I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:
  Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number:
    Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields:
      To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.
      - Bible, Job (ch. V, v. 8-11)

It becomes extremely hard to disentangle our idea of the cause from the effect by which we know it.
      - Edmund Burke

The great chain of causes, which, linking one to another, even to the throne of God Himself, can never be unraveled by any industry of ours.
      - Edmund Burke

To legislate each duty, were to count
  Drops of a stream that issue from one fount.
    God gives, since all effects are in their cause,
      For narrow prescripts universal laws.
      - Abraham Coles

We know the effects of many things, but the cause of few; experience, therefore, is a surer guide than imagination, and inquiry than conjecture.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Small are the seeds fate does unheeded sow
  Of slight beginnings to important ends.
      - Sir William D'Avenant

Cause and effect, means and ends, seed and fruit cannot be severed; for the effect already blooms in the cause, the end preexists in the means, the fruit in the seed.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every effect doth, after a sort, contain, or at least resemble, the cause from which it proceedeth.
      - Richard Hooker

The general idea of cause is that without which another thing, called the effect, cannot be. The final cause is that for the sake of which anything is done.
      - George William Howard, 7th Earl of Carlisle, Lord Morpeth

To all facts there are laws,
  The effect has its cause, and I mount to the cause.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Lucile (pt. II, canto III, st. 8)

A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.
      - John Stuart Mill

The task of the real intellectual consists of analyzing illusions in order to discover their causes.
      - Arthur Miller

Great causes and little men go ill together.
      - Jawaharlal Nehru

The cause is hidden, but the result is known.
  [Lat., Causa latet: vis est notissima.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
         (IV, 287)

Ask you what provocation I have had?
  The strong antipathy of good to bad.
      - Alexander Pope, Epilogue to Satires
         (dialogue 2, l. 205)

God hides Himself behind causes.
      - Charles Rollin

A rotten cause abides no handling.
      - William Shakespeare

God befriend us, as our cause is just.
      - William Shakespeare

O dearest soul, your cause doth strike my heart
  With pity that doth make me sick.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Iachimo at I, vi)

Mad let us grant him them, and now remains
  That we find out the cause of this effect--
    Or rather say, the cause of this defect,
      For this effect defective comes by cause.
        Thus it remains, and the remainder thus.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Polonius at II, ii)

Hence, therefore, every leader to his charge;
  For, on their answer, will we set on them,
    And God befriend us as our cause is just!
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (King Henry at V, i)

Mine's not an idle cause.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Brabantio at I, ii)

A noble cause doth ease much a grievous case.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Every cause produces more than one effect.
      - Herbert Spencer

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