Richard Whately Quotes


30 Richard Whately quotes:



"In our judgment of human transactions, the law of optics is reversed; we see the most indistinctly the objects which are close around us."
"Honesty is the best policy," but he who acts on that principle is not an honest man."
"It is folly to expect men to do all that they may reasonably be expected to do."
"Not in books only, nor yet in oral discourse, but often also in words there are boundless stores of moral and historic truth, and no less of passion and imagination laid up, from which lessons of infinite worth may be derived"
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"The happiest lot for a man, as far as birth is concerned, is that it should be such as to give him but little occasion to think much about it"
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"Curiosity is as much the parent of attention, as attention is of memory."
"To know your ruling passion, examine your castles in the air."
"Honesty is the best policy," but he who acts on that principle is not an honest man"
Author: Whately Quotes Category: Honesty Quotes
"A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor's."
"Manners are one of the greatest engines of influence ever given to man."
"Happiness is no laughing matter."
"A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them fortune."
"The happiest lot for a man, as far as birth is concerned, is that it should be such as to give him but little occasion to think much about it."
"There is a soul of truth in error; there is a soul of good in evil."
"Preach not because you have to say something, but because you have something to say."
"Unless people can be kept in the dark, it is best for those who love the truth to give them the full light."
"Everyone wishes to have truth on his side, but not everyone wishes to be on the side of truth."
"To follow imperfect, uncertain, or corrupted traditions, in order to avoid erring in our own judgment, is but to exchange one danger for another."
"Weak arguments are often thrust before my path; but although they are most insubstantial, it is not easy to destroy them. There is not a more difficult feat known than to cut through a cushion with a sword."
Author: Whately Quotes Category: Argument Quotes
"As one may bring himself to believe almost anything he is inclined to believe, it makes all the difference whether we begin or end with the inquiry, 'What is truth?'"



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