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Nicholas Murray Butler Quotes





A degenerate nobleman, or one that is proud of his birth, is like a turnip. There is nothing good of him but that which is underground.
[Ancestry]
 

Necessity does the work of courage.
[Courage]
 

Nothing so good as a university education, nor worse than a university without its education.
[Education]
 

Optimism is essential to achievement and is also the foundation of courage and of true progress.
[Positive]
 

Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and of true progress.
[Enthusiasm]
 

Optimism is the foundation of courage.
[Courage]
 

The forty-four-hour week has no charm for me. I'm looking for a forty-hour day.
[One Day]
 

There are five tests of the evidence of education - correctness and precision in the use of the mother tongue; refined and gentle manners, the result of fixed habits of thought and action; sound standards of appreciation of beauty and of worth, and a character based on those standards; power and habit of reflection; efficiency or the power to do.
[Education]
 

This was the penn'worth of his thought.
[Worth]
 

To swallow gudgeons ere they're catch'd And count their chickens ere they're hatch'd.
[Folly]