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When I feel inclined to r,ead poetry I take down my Dictionary. The poetry of words is quite as beautiful as that of sentences. The author may arrange the gems effectively, but their shape and lustre have been given by the attrition of ages.
Wilt Thou not take the doubt of Thy children whom the time commands to try all things in the place of the unquestioning faith of earlier generations?
The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live.
A wise man recognizes the convenience of a general statement, but he bows to the authority of a particular fact.
All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called "facts." They are the brute beasts of the intellectual domain.
Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else.
Fashion is only the attempt to realize Art in living forms and social intercourse.
The very aim and end of our institutions is just this: that we may think what we like and say what we think.
After sixty years the stern sentence of the burial service seems to have a meaning that one did not notice in former years. There begins to be something personal about it.
It is mere childishness to expect men to believe as their fathers did; that is, if they have any minds of their own. The world is a whole generation older and wiser than when the father was of his son's age.
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