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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.

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

and is counted a fool among men.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

He who does not tire, tires 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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