English Writer Quotes

885 English Writer quotes:

"Tragedy is like strong acid -- it dissolves away all but the very gold of truth."
"Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn."
"Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed."
"An unimaginative person can neither be reverent or kind."
"Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity."
"The most violent appetites in all creatures are lust and hunger; the first is a perpetual call upon them to propagate their kind, the latter to preserve themselves."
"The first condition of education is being able to put someone to wholesome and meaningful work."
"There is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather."
"Justice is an unassailable fortress, built on the brow of a mountain which cannot be overthrown by the violence of torrents, nor demolished by the force of armies."
"There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice."
"The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it."
"What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable."
"Better to die ten thousand deaths than wound my honor."
"The greatest sweetener of human life is friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover."
"Often and often afterwards, the beloved Aunt would ask me why I had never told anyone how I was being treated. Children tell little more than animals, for what comes to them they accept as eternally established."
"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."
"Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them."
"To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education."
"No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority."
"A true critic ought to dwell upon excellencies rather than imperfections, to discover the concealed beauties of a writer, and communicate to the world such things as are worth their observation."

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