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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Philosopher
Nation: Scottish
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War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle.

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The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.

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Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.

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A man cannot make a pair of shoes rightly unless he do it in a devout manner.

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The three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion.

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The first duty of man is to conquer fear; he must get rid of it, he cannot act till then.

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Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.

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If you are ever in doubt as to whether to kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt.

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Old age is not a matter for sorrow. It is matter for thanks if we have left our work done behind us.

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It is a vain hope to make people happy by politics.

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Clever men are good, but they are not the best.

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Culture is the process by which a person becomes all that they were created capable of being.

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If what you have done is unjust, you have not succeeded.

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Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are.

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A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.

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Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May; but at length the season of summer does come.

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Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.

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No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.

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No person is important enough to make me angry.

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None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.

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The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.

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Show me the person you honor, for I know better by that the kind of person you are. For you show me what your idea of humanity is.

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The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.

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Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better, Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.

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Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.

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No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence.

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Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together.

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For all right judgment of any man or things it is useful, nay, essential, to see his good qualities before pronouncing on his bad.

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Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius.

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In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government.

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Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the devil; for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it.

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Go as far as you can see; when you get there you'll be able to see farther.

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He who could foresee affairs three days in advance would be rich for thousands of years.

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Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.

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No ghost was every seen by two pair of eyes.

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No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad.

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The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.

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The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.

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The man of life upright has a guiltless heart, free from all dishonest deeds or thought of vanity.

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All that mankind has done, thought or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.

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I don't like to talk much with people who always agree with me. It is amusing to coquette with an echo for a little while, but one soon tires of it.

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I don't pretend to understand the Universe - it's a great deal bigger than I am.

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In every phenomenon the beginning remains always the most notable moment.

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It is the heart always that sees, before the head can see.

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Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight.

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Oh, give us the man who sings at his work.

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Originality is a thing we constantly clamour for, and constantly quarrel with.

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A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.

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Thought is the parent of the deed.

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A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus.

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I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.

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If there be no enemy there's no fight. If no fight, no victory and if no victory there is no crown.

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Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately, rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against.

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No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor.

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Secrecy is the element of all goodness; even virtue, even beauty is mysterious.

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The fearful unbelief is unbelief in yourself.

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This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it.

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All great peoples are conservative.

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Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries.

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If you do not wish a man to do a thing, you had better get him to talk about it; for the more men talk, the more likely they are to do nothing else.

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Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether.

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The spiritual is the parent of the practical.

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The world is a republic of mediocrities, and always was.

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Be not a slave of words.

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Conviction never so excellent, is worthless until it coverts itself into conduct.

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Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone.

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Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.

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Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.

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History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion.

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History, a distillation of rumour.

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Love is the only game that is not called on account of darkness.

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Not brute force but only persuasion and faith are the kings of this world.

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Nothing that was worthy in the past departs; no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die.

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One must verify or expel his doubts, and convert them into the certainty of Yes or NO.

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Silence is as deep as eternity, speech a shallow as time.

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Teach a parrot the terms 'supply and demand' and you've got an economist.

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The cut of a garment speaks of intellect and talent and the color of temperament and heart.

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The difference between Socrates and Jesus? The great conscious and the immeasurably great unconscious.

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The real use of gunpowder is to make all men tall.

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The true university of these days is a collection of books.

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To us also, through every star, through every blade of grass, is not God made visible if we will open our minds and our eyes.

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Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects.

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When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with it fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.

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Woe to him that claims obedience when it is not due; woe to him that refuses it when it is.

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Do the duty which lies nearest to you, the second duty will then become clearer.

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Happy the people whose annals are vacant.

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If an eloquent speaker speak not the truth, is there a more horrid kind of object in creation?

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Imagination is a poor matter when it has to part company with understanding.

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In books lies the soul of the whole past time.

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Isolation is the sum total of wretchedness to a man.

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It is a strange trade that of advocacy. Your intellect, your highest heavenly gift is hung up in the shop window like a loaded pistol for sale.

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Laughter is one of the very privileges of reason, being confined to the human species.

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Let each become all that he was created capable of being.

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Love is not altogether a delirium, yet it has many points in common therewith.

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Man is, properly speaking, based upon hope, he has no other possession but hope; this world of his is emphatically the place of hope.

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Men do less than they ought, unless they do all that they can.

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Narrative is linear, but action has breadth and depth as well as height and is solid.

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Necessity dispenseth with decorum.

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No iron chain, or outward force of any kind, can ever compel the soul of a person to believe or to disbelieve.

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No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men.

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