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Francis Maitland Balfour Quotes


English biologist
(1851 - 1882)

A mouse-trap: easy to enter but not easy to get out of.
[Law]
 

Civilization is the upward struggle of mankind, in which millions are trampled to death that thousands may mount on their bodies.
[Civilization]
 

Destiny is the scapegoat which we make responsible for all our crimes and follies; a necessity which we set down for invincible when we have no wish to strive against it.
[Destiny]
 

The ambiguous livery worn alike by modesty and shame.
 

The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that wii! make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.