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WORDS OF WISDOM

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  • There is nothing we receive so reluctantly as advice.
    Spectator
  • There is nothing which one regards so much with an eye of mirth and pity as innocence when it has in it a dash of folly.
    Addison
  • There is nothing which strengthens faith more than the observance of morality.
    Addison
  • There is nothing which vanity does not desecrate.
    Beecher
  • There is nothynge that more dyspleaseth God,
    John Skelton, (1460?1529), Than from theyr children to spare the rod.
    John Skelton, (1460?1529), Magnyfycence. Line 1954.
  • There is often no material difference between the enjoyment of the highest ranks and those of the rudest stages of society. If the life of many a young English nobleman, and an Iroquois in the forest, or an Arab in the desert are compared. it will be found that their real sources of happiness are nearly the same.
    Sir A. Alison
  • There is one court whose 'findings' are incontrovertible, and whose sessions are held in the chambers of our own breast.
    Hosea Ballou
  • There is one inevitable criterion of judgment touching religious faith in doctrinal matters. Can you reduce it to practice? If not, have none of it.
    Hosea Ballou
  • There is one thing diviner than duty, namely, the bond of obligation transmuted into liberty.
    W. R. Alger
  • There is only eight years between success and failure in politics.
  • There is only one person with whom you can profitably compare yourself, and this person is your yesterday self: You.
  • There is only one thing worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
  • There is plenty of sound in an empty barrel.
  • There is scarcely a good critic of books born in our age, and yet every fool thinks himself justified in criticising persons.
    Bulwer-Lytton
  • There is scarcely a man who is not conscious of the benefits which his own mind has received from the performance of single acts of benevolence. How strange that so few of us try a course of the same medicine!
    J. F. Boyes
  • There is scarcely any popular tenet more erroneous than that which holds that when time is slow, life is dull.
    Beaconsfield
  • There is so little to redeem the dry mass of follies and errors from which the materials of this life are composed that anything to love or to reverence becomes, as it were, the Sabbath for the mind.
    Bulwer-Lytton
  • There is some good in public envy, whereas in private there is none; for public envy is as an ostracism that eclipseth men when they grow too great; and therefore it is a bridle also to great ones to keep within bounds.
    Bacon
  • There is something so wild, and yet so solemn, in the speeches of his ghosts, fairies, witches, and the like imaginary persons, that we cannot forbear thinking them natural, though we have no rule by which to judge of them, and must confess, if there are such beings in the world, it looks highly probable they should talk and act as he has represented them.
    Addison
  • There is something very sublime, though very fanciful, in Plato's description of the Supreme Being, - that truth is His body and light His shadow. According to this definition there is nothing so contradictory to his nature as error and falsehood.
    Addison
  • There is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet.
    Bible
  • There is such a grateful tickling in the mind of man in being commended that even when we know the praises which are bestowed on us are not our due, we are not angry with the author?s insincerity.
    Feltham.
  • There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. He that hath pity on the poor, lendeth to the Lord; and that which he hath given will He pay him again.
    Bible
  • There is the seed of all sins - of the vilest and worst of sins - in the best of men.
    Thomas Brooks
  • There is the supreme and indissoluble consanguinity between men, of which the heathen poet saith, we are all His generation.
    Bacon
  • There is this difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.
    Bacon
  • There is tonic in the things that men do not love to hear; and there is damnation in the things that wicked men love to hear. Free speech is to a great people what winds are to oceans and malarial regions, which waft away the elements of disease, and bring new elements of health. And where free speech is stopped miasma is bred, and death comes fast.
    Beecher
  • There is virtue in country houses, in gardens and orchards, in fields, streams, and groves, in rustic recreations and plain manners, that neither cities nor universities enjoy.
    Alcott
  • There is, however, a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.
    Burke
  • There is, they say, (and I believe there is),
    A spark within us of th? immortal fire,
    That animates and moulds the grosser frame;
    And when the body sinks, escapes to heaven;
    Its native seat, and mixes with the gods.
    Armstrong

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