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" You might sooner get lightning out of incense smoke than true action or passion out of your modern English religion. "
" Whereas it has long been known and declared that the poor have no right to the property of the rich, I wish it also to be known and declared that the rich have no right to the property of the poor. "
" Some slaves are scoured to their work by whips, others by their restlessness and ambition. "
" The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world... to see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one. "
" In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it. "
" Imaginary evils soon become real one by indulging our reflections on them. "
" It is in this power of saying everything, and yet saying nothing too plainly, that the perfection of art consists. "
" The first duty of government is to see that people have food, fuel, and clothes. The second, that they have means of moral and intellectual education. "
" 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. "
" No lying knight or lying priest ever prospered in any age, but especially not in the dark ones. Men prospered then only in following an openly declared purpose, and preaching candidly beloved and trusted creeds. "
" It is written on the arched sky; it looks out from every star. It is the poetry of Nature; it is that which uplifts the spirit within us. "
" The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it. "
" The strength and power of a country depends absolutely on the quantity of good men and women in it. "
" All books are divisible into two classes, the books of the hour, and the books of all time. "
" A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money. "
" Do not think of your faults, still less of other's faults; look for what is good and strong, and try to imitate it. Your faults will drop off, like dead leaves, when their time comes. "
" Nothing is ever done beautifully which is done in rivalship: or nobly, which is done in pride. "
" Cursing is invoking the assistance of a spirit to help you inflict suffering. Swearing on the other hand, is invoking, only the witness of a spirit to an statement you wish to make. "
" It is his restraint that is honorable to a person, not their liberty. "
" No art can be noble which is incapable of expressing thought, and no art is capable of expressing thought which does not change. "
" Life being very short, and the quiet hours of it few, we ought to waste none of them in reading valueless books. "
" Beauty deprived of its proper foils and adjuncts ceases to be enjoyed as beauty, just as light deprived of all shadows ceases to be enjoyed as light. "
" To know anything well involves a profound sensation of ignorance. "
" When a man is wrapped up in himself, he makes a pretty small package. "
" Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance. "
" To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education. "
" 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. "
" When we build, let us think that we build for ever. "
" Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them. "
" How long most people would look at the best book before they would give the price of a large turbot for it? "
" Let us reform our schools, and we shall find little reform needed in our prisons. "