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Martin Farquhar Tupper Quotes


An English writer, and poet, and the author of Proverbial Philosophy.
(1810 - 1889)

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A babe in the house is a well-spring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love, a resting place for innocence on earth, a link between angels and men.
 

A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.
[Books]
 

A man that speaks too much, and museth but little, wasteth his mind in words,
[Loquacity]
 

and is counted a fool among men.
[Loquacity]
 

Anger is a noble infirmity; the generous failing of the just; the one degree that riseth above zeal, asserting the prerogative of virtue.
[Anger]
 

Be not looking for evil. - Often thou drainest the gall of fear while evil is passing by thy dwelling.
[Anticipation]
 

Be understood in thy teaching, and instruct to the measure of capacity. - Precepts and rules are repulsive to a child, but happy illustration wins him.
[Teaching]
 

Betray mean terror of ridicule, thou shalt find fools enough to mock thee; but answer thou their language with contempt, and the scoffers will lick thy feet.
[Ridicule]
 

Deep is the sea, and deep is hell, but pride mineth deeper; it is coiled as a poisonous worm about the foundations of the soul.
[Pride]
 

Despise not small things, either for evil or good, for a look may work thy ruin, or a word create thy wealth. - A spark is a little thing, yet it may kindle the world.
 

God, from a beautiful necessity, is Love.
 

He who commits a wrong will himself inevitably see the writing on the wall, though the world may not count him guilty.
[Conscience]
 

He who does not tire, tires adversity.
[Adversity]
 

I have sped much by land, and sea, and mingled with much people, but never yet could find a spot unsunned by human kindness.
[Kindness]
 

Ideas, though vivid and real, are often indefinite, and are shy of the close furniture of words.
[Ideas]
 

If thou art master to thyself, circumstances shall harm thee little.
 

Know thyself, thine evil as well as thy good, and flattery shall not harm thee; her speech shall be a warning, a humbling, and a guide; for wherein thou lackest most, there chiefly will thy sycophant commend thee.
[Flattery]
 

Learn God, and thou shalt know thyself.
 

Love is the weapon which Omnipotence reserved to conquer rebel man when all the rest had failed. Reason he parries; fear he answers blow for blow; future interest he meets with present pleasure; but love is that sun against whose melting beams the winter cannot stand. There is not one human being in a million, nor a thousand men in all earth's huge quintiilion whose clay heart is hardened against love.
[Love]
 

Many a beggar at the crossway, or gray-haired shepherd on the plain, hath more of the end of all wealth than hundreds who multiply the means.
[Wealth]
 


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