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J. C. and A. W. Hare Quotes


Julius Charles (1795 - 1855) and Augustus William Hare (1792 - 1834) are two English brother wrote together and separately. It is often difficult to attribute quotes to one or the other.


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A Christian is God Almighty's gentleman.
[Christian]
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A compliment is usually accompanied with a bow, as if to beg pardon for paying it.
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A critic should be a pair of snuffers. He is oftener an extinguisher, and not seldom a thief.
[Critics]
 

A faith that sets bounds to itself, that will believe so much and no more, that will trust so far and no further, is none.
 

A man prone to suspect evil is mostly looking in his neighbor for what he sees in himself.
 

Artifice is weak; it is the work of mere man, in the imbecility and self distrust of his mimic understanding.
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As to the pure all things are pure, even so to the impure all things are impure.
 

Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are.
 

By a happy contradiction, no system of philosophy gives such a base view of human nature as that which is founded on self-love. So sure is self-love to degrade whatever it touches.
 

Could we understand haf what mothers say and do to us when infants, we should be filled with such conceit of our own importance as would make us insupportable through life. - Happy the child whose mother is tired of talking nonsense to him before he is old enough to know the sense of it.
 

Courage, when it is not heroic self-sacrifice, is sometimes a modification and sometimes a result of faith.
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Curiosity is a little more than another name for hope.
[Curiosity]
 

Do you wish to find out a person's weak points? Note the failings he has the quickest eye for in others. They may not be the very failings he is himself conscious of; but they will be their next-door neighbors. No man keeps such a jealous lookout as a rival.
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Every Irishman, the saying goes, has a potato in his head.
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Everybody has his own theatre, in which he is manager, actor, prompter, playwright, sceneshifter, boxkeepeer, doorkeeper, all in one, and audience into the bargain.
[Acting]
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Few persons have courage enough to appear as good as they really are.
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Friendship close its eye, rather that see the moon eclipst; while malice denies that it is ever at the full.
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Friendship is Love, without either flowers or veil.
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Happy the boy whose mother is tired of talking nonsense to him before he is old enough to know the sense of it.
 

He must be a thorough fool who can learn nothing from his own folly.
[Folly]
 


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