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English historian
(1818 - 1894)
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A single seed of fact will produce in a season or two a harvest of calumnies; but sensible men will pay no attention to them.
      - [Calumny]

Carelessness is inexcusable, and merits the inevitable sequence.
      - [Carelessness]

Courage is, on all hands, considered as an essential of high character.
      - [Courage]

He came, bringing with Him the knowledge that God is a Being of infinite goodness; that the service required of mankind is not a service of form or ceremony, but a service of obedience.
      - [Christ]

High original genius is always ridiculed on its first appearance; most of all by those who have won themselves the highest reputation in working on the established lines. Genius only commands recognition when it has created the taste which is to appreciate it.
      - [Genius]

If you think you can temper yourself into manliness by sitting there over your books, it is the very silliest fancy that ever tempted a young man to his ruin. You cannot dream yourself into a character: you must hammer and forge yourself one.
      - [Action]

In every department of life--in its business and in its pleasures, in its beliefs and in its theories, in its material developments and in its spiritual connections--we thank God that we are not like our fathers.
      - [Progress]

Men possessed with an idea cannot be reasoned with.
      - [Reason]

Morality rests upon a sense of obligation; and obligation has no meaning except as implying a divine command, without which it would cease to be.
      - [Morality]

Of all the evil spirits abroad at this hour in the world, insincerity is the most dangerous.
      - [Deceit]

That which especially distinguishes a high order of man from a low order of man, that which constitutes human goodness, human nobleness, is surely not the degree of enlightenment with which men pursue their own advantage; but it is self-forgetfulness; it is self-sacrifice; it is the disregard of personal pleasure, personal indulgence, personal advantage, remote or present, because some other line of conduct is more right.
      - [Self-sacrifice]

The best that we can do for one another is to exchange our thoughts freely; and that, after all, is about all.
      - [Education]

The essence of true nobility is neglect of self. Let the thought of self pass in, and the beauty of a great action is gone, like the bloom from a soiled flower.
      - [Selfishness]

The moral law is written on the tablets of eternity. For every false word or unrighteous deed, for cruelty and oppression, for lust or vanity, the price has to be paid at last.
      - [Morality]

The practical effect of a belief is the real test of its soundness.
      - [Belief]

The Providence that watches over the affairs of men works out of their mistakes, at times, a healthier issue than could have been accomplished by their wisest forethought.
      - [God]

The secret of a man's nature lies in his religion, in what he really believes about this world and his own place in it.
      - [Religion]

The soul of man is not a thing which comes and goes, is builded and decays like the elemental frame in which it is set to dwell, but a very living force, a very energy of God's organic will, which rules and moulds this universe.
      - [Soul]

There is always a part of our being into which those who are dearer to us far than our own lives are yet unable to enter.
      - [Solitude]

Thirst of power and of riches now bear sway,
  The passion and infirmity of age.
      - [Age]

Those who seek for something more than happiness in this world must not complain if happiness is not their portion.
      - [Happiness]

Thy plain and open nature sees mankind
  But in appearance, not what they are.
      - [Appearance]

To be happy is not the purpose for which you are placed in this world.
      - [Happiness]

To tell men that they cannot help themselves is to fling them into recklessness and despair.
      - [Despair]

We cannot live on probabilities. The faith in which we can live bravely and die in peace must be a certainty, so far as it professes to be a faith at all, or it is nothing.
      - [Faith]

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