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" It is his restraint that is honorable to a person, not their liberty. "
" The principle of all successful effort is to try to do not what is absolutely the best, but what is easily within our power, and suited for our temperament and condition. "
" Civilization is the making of civil persons. "
" Natural abilities can almost compensate for the want of every kind of cultivation, but no cultivation of the mind can make up for the want of natural abilities. "
" Punishment is the last and the least effective instrument in the hands of the legislator for the prevention of crime. "
" Nothing is ever done beautifully which is done in rivalship: or nobly, which is done in pride. "
" Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them. "
" The first test of a truly great man is his humility. By humility I don't mean doubt of his powers or hesitation in speaking his opinion, but merely an understanding of the relationship of what he can say and what he can do. "
" A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money. "
" Books are divided into two classes, the books of the hour and the books of all time. "
" All that we call ideal in Greek or any other art, because to us it is false and visionary, was, to the makers of it, true and existent. "
" When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. "
" Taste is the only morality. Tell me what you like and I'll tell you what you are. "
" No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple. "
" Men cannot not live by exchanging articles, but producing them. They live by work not trade. "
" Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance. "
" The essence of lying is in deception, not in words. "
" Men were not intended to work with the accuracy of tools, to be precise and perfect in all their actions. "
" A book worth reading is worth buying. "
" What do we, as a nation, care about books? How much do you think we spend altogether on our libraries, public or private, as compared with what we spend on our horses? "
" The first duty of a state is to see that every child born therein shall be well housed, clothed, fed and educated till it attains years of discretion. "
" Tell me what you like and I'll tell you what you are. "
" Every great person is always being helped by everybody; for their gift is to get good out of all things and all persons. "
" The work of science is to substitute facts for appearances, and demonstrations for impressions. "
" Modern education has devoted itself to the teaching of impudence, and then we complain that we can no longer control our mobs. "
" He is the greatest artist who has embodied, in the sum of his works, the greatest number of the greatest ideas. "
" When a man is wrapped up in himself, he makes a pretty small package. "
" Man's only true happiness is to live in hope of something to be won by him. Reverence something to be worshipped by him, and love something to be cherished by him, forever. "
" A great thing can only be done by a great person; and they do it without effort. "
" How long most people would look at the best book before they would give the price of a large turbot for it? "
" There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey. "