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" Accuracy of language is one of the bulwarks of truth. "
" We can sometimes love what we do not understand, but it is impossible completely to understand what we do not love. "
" In morals what begins in fear usually ends in wickedness; in religion what begins in fear usually ends in fanaticism. Fear, either as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil. "
" What we truly and earnestly aspire to be, that in some sense we are. The mere aspiration, by changing the frame of the mind, for the moment realizes itself. "
" The only competition worthy a wise man is with himself. "
" Childhood sometimes does pay a second visit to man, youth never. "
" A man may be as much a fool from the want of sensibility as the want of sense. "
" What we earnestly aspire to be, that in some sense we are. "
" Conversation may be compared to a lyre with seven chords - philosophy, art, poetry, love, scandal, and the weather. "