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" Faith always contains an element of risk, of venture; and we are impelled to make the venture by the affinity and attraction which we feel in ourselves. "
" Gambling is a disease of barbarians superficially civilized. "
" The wise man is he who knows the relative value of things. "
" I have no fear that the candle lighted in Palestine years ago will ever be put out. "
" Action is the normal completion of the act of will which begins as prayer. That action is not always external, but it is always some kind of effective energy. "
" Bereavement is the deepest initiation into the mysteries of human life, an initiation more searching and profound than even happy love. "
" In praising science, it does not follow that we must adopt the very poor philosophies which scientific men have constructed. In philosophy they have much more to learn than to teach. "
" It takes in reality only one to make a quarrel. It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion. "
" A cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, which is more than can be said for human beings. "
" The wisdom of the wise is an uncommon degree of common sense. "
" Bereavement is the sharpest challenge to our trust in God; if faith can overcome this, there is no mountain which it cannot remove. "
" It was said that Mr. Gladstone could persuade most people of most things, and himself of anything. "
" If the universe is running down like a clock, the clock must have been wound up at a date which we could name if we knew it. The world, if it is to have an end in time, must have had a beginning in time. "
" What is originality? Undetected plagiarism. "
" Love remembered and consecrated by grief belongs, more clearly than the happy intercourse of friends, to the eternal world; it has proved itself stronger than death. "
" Let none of us delude himself by supposing that honesty is always the best policy. It is not. "
" The object of studying philosophy is to know one's own mind, not other people's. "
" The soul is dyed with the color of its leisure thoughts. "
" To marry is to get a binocular view of life. "
" All faith consists essentially in the recognition of a world of spiritual values behind, yet not apart from, the world of natural phenomena. "
" Man, as we know him, is a poor creature; he is halfway between an ape and a god and he is travelling in the right direction. "
" A good government remains the greatest of human blessings and no nation has ever enjoyed it. "
" Faith is an act of rational choice, which determines us to act as if certain things were true, and in the confident expectation that they will prove to be true. "
" The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he is born. "
" Democracy is only an experiment in government, and it has the obvious disadvantage of merely counting votes instead of weighing them. "
" We tolerate shapes in human beings that would horrify us if we saw them in a horse. "