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Augustus William Hare Quotes

English clergyman and writer
(1792 - 1834)

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A mother should give her children a superabundance of enthusiasm; that after they have lost all they are sure to lose on mixing with the world, enough may still remain to prompt fated support them through great actions.

A statesman, we are told, should follow public opinion. Doubtless, as a coachman follows his horses; having firm hold on the reins and guiding them.

A weak mind sinks under prosperity as well as under adversity. - A strong and deep one has two highest tides, when the moon is at full, and when there is no moon.

A youth's love is the more passionate, virgin love is the more idolatrous.

Books, as Dryden has aptly termed them, are spectacles to read nature. Aeschylus and Aristotle, Shakespeare and Bacon, are priests who preach and expound the mysteries of man and the universe. They teach us to understand and feel what we see, to decipher and syllable the hieroglyphics of the senses.

Christianity has carried civilization along with it, whithersoever it has gone. - And as if to show that the latter does not depend on physical causes, some of the countries, the most civilized in the days of Augustus, are now in a state of hopeless barbarism.

Crimes sometimes shock us too much; vices almost always too little.

Examples would indeed be excellent things were not people so modest that none will set, and so vain that none will follow them.

Forms and regularity of proceeding, if they are not justice, partake much of the nature of justice, which, in its highest sense, is the spirit of distributive order.

Half the failures in life come from pulling one's horse in when he is leaping.

How deeply rooted must unbelief be in our hearts, when we are surprised to find our prayers answered, instead of feeling sure that they will be so, if they are only offered up in faith, and in accordance with the will of God!

I could hardly feel much confidence in a man who had never been imposed upon.

If you and your lips would keep from slips Of five things have a care: To whom you speak, of whom you speak, And how, and when, and where.

Instead of watching the bird as it flies above our heads, we chase his shadow along the ground; and, finding we cannot grasp it, we conclude it to be nothing.

Is not every true lover a martyr?

It is a proof of our natural bias to evil, that gain is slower and harder than loss in all things good; but in all things bad getting is quicker and easier than getting rid of.

It is said that Windham, when he came to the end of a speech, often found himself so perplexed by his own subtlety that he hardly knew which way he was going to give his vote. This is a good illustration of the fallaciousness of reasoning, and of the uncertainties which attend its practical application.

It is well for us that we are born babies in intellect. Could we understand half what mothers say and do to their infants, we should be filled with a conceit of our own importance, which would render us insupportable through life.

It is with flowers as with moral qualities; the bright are sometimes poisonous; but, I believe, never the sweet.

Love, it has been said, flows downward. The love of parents for their children has always been far more powerful than that of children for their parents; and who among the sons of men ever loved God with a thousandth part of the love which God has manifested to us?

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