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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.

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

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.

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.