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American author and lawyer
(1820 - 1904)
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Four sweet lips, two pure souls, and one undying affection,--these are love's pretty ingredients for a kiss.
      - [Kisses]

Galileo called doubt the father of invention; it is certainly the pioneer.
      - [Doubt]

Genius makes its observations in shorthand; talent writes them out at length.
      - [Genius]

Genuine religion is matter of feeling rather than matter of opinion.
      - [Religion]

Give me the character and I will forecast the event. Character, it has in substance been said, is "victory organized."
      - [Character]

God, we are told, looked upon the world after he had created it and pronounced it good; but ascetic pietists, in their wisdom, cast their eyes over it, and substantially pronounce it a dead failure, a miserable production, a poor concern.
      - [World]

Good men have the fewest fears. He has but one great fear who fears to do wrong; he has a thousand who has overcome it.
      - [Fear]

Great warriors, like great earthquakes, are principally remembered for the mischief they have done.
      - [Greatness]

Hard workers are usually honest. Industry lifts them above temptation.
      - [Labor]

Haste turns usually upon a matter of ten minutes too late, and may be avoided by a habit like that of Lord Nelson, to which he ascribed his success in life, of being ten minutes too early.
      - [Haste]

He has but one great fear that fears to do wrong.
      - [Fear]

He presents me with what is always an acceptable gift who brings me news of a great thought before unknown. He enriches me without impoverishing himself.
      - [Quotations]

Hope is the best part of our riches. What sufficeth it that we have the wealth of the Indies in our pockets, if we have not the hope of heaven in our souls?
      - [Hope]

How like a railway tunnel is the poor man's life, with the light of childhood at one end, the intermediate gloom, and only the glimmer of a future life at the other extremity!
      - [Poverty]

Hunting is a relic of the barbarous spirit that thirsted formerly for human blood, but is now content with the blood of birds and animals.
      - [Hunting]

I once asked a distinguished artist what place he gave to labor in art. "Labor," he in effect said, "is the beginning, the middle, and the end of art." Turning then to another--"And you," I inquired, "what do you consider as the great force in art?" "Love," he replied. In their two answers I found but one truth.
      - [Art]

Ideas are, like matter, infinitely divisible. It is not given to us to get down, so to speak, to their final atoms, but to their molecular groupings the way is never ending, and the progress infinitely delightful and profitable.
      - [Ideas]

Imitation belittles.
      - [Imitation]

In ambition, as in love, the successful can afford to be indulgent towards their rivals. The prize our own, it is graceful to recognize the merit that vainly aspired to it.
      - [Rivalry]

In one important respect a man is fortunate in being poor. His responsibility to God is so much the less.
      - [Poverty]

In politics, merit is rewarded by the possessor being raised, like a target, to a position to be fired at.
      - [Politics]

Indeed, the grandest of all laws is the law of progressive development. Under it, in the wide sweep of things, men grow wiser as they grow older; societies better.
      - [Progress]

Intellectually, as politically, the direction of all true progress is towards greater freedom, and along an endless succession of ideas.
      - [Progress]

It is of very little use in trying to be dignified, if dignity is no part of your character.
      - [Dignity]

It is only an error of judgment to make a mistake, but it argues an infirmity of character to adhere to it when discovered. Or, as the Chinese better say, "The glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall."
      - [Error]

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