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James Beattie Quotes





Ah, who can tell how hard it is to climb the steep where Fame's proud temple shines afar?
 

And beauty immortal awakes from the tomb.
 

At the close of the day when the hamlet is still, and mortals the sweets of forgetfulness prove, when naught but the torrent is heard on the hill, and naught but the nightingale's song in the grove.
 

Be ignorance thy choice, where knowledge leads to woe.
[Choice]
 

From labor, health; from health, contentment springs.
[Labor]
 

From labour health, from health contentment spring; contentment opes the source of every joy.
 

He thought as a sage, though he felt like a man.
 

How sweet the words of Truth, breathed from the lips of Love.
 

In all instances where our experience of the past has been extensive and uniform, our judgment as to the future amounts to moral certainty.
[Experience]
 

In every age and every man there is something to praise as well as to blame.
 

Inflexible in faith, invincible in arms.
 

Let us cherish sympathy. It prepares the mind for receiving the impressions of virtue; and without it there can be no true politeness. Nothing is more odious than that insensibility which wraps a man up in himself and his own concerns, and prevents his being moved with either the joys or the sorrows of another.
[Sympathy]
 

Lo! in the dark east, expanded high, the rainbow brightens to the setting sun.
 

No jealousy their dawn of love overcast, nor blasted were their wedded days with strife; each season looked delightful as it past, to the fond husband and the faithful wife.
 

Novel reading tends to destroy a relish for history, philosophy, and other useful knowledge. Novels give false notions of life, which are dangerous and injurious.
 

Open your hearts to sympathy, but close them to despondency. The flower which opens to receive the light of day shuts against rain.
[Sympathy]
 

Some deemed him wondrous wise, and some believed him mad.
 

The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men.
[Education]
 

There is not a book on earth so favorable to all the kind and to all the sublime affections, or so unfriendly to hatred, persecution, tyranny, injustice, and every sort of malevolence as the gospel. - It breathes, throughout, only mercy, benevolence, and peace.