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Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton Quotes


English philanthropist
(1786 - 1845)

Christianity is intensely practical - She has no trait more striking than her common sense.
[Christianity]
 

I hold a doctrine, to which I owe not touch, indeed, but all the little I ever had, namely, that with ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.
[Perseverance]
 

I once met a man who had forgiven an injury. I hope some day to meet the man who has forgiven an insult.
 

In life, as in chess, forethought wins.
 

Intercourse is the soul of progress.
[Progress]
 

One of the ill effects of cruelty is that it makes the by-standers cruel.
[Cruelty]
 

So long as he must fight his way, the man of genius pushes forward, conquering and to conquer. But how often is he at last overcome by a Capua! Ease and fame bring sloth and slumber.
 

Stint yourself, as you think good, in other things; but don't scruple freedom in brightening home. Gay furniture and a brilliant garden are a sight day by day, and make life blither.
[Home]
 

The longer I live, the more deeply am I convinced that that which makes the difference between one man and another - between the weak and powerful, the great and insignificant, is energy - invisible determination - a purpose once formed, and then death or victory. - This quality will do anything that is to be done in the world; and no talents, no circumstances, no opportunities will make one a man without it.
[Energy]
 

The world abhors closeness, and all but admires extravagance; yet a slack hand shows weakness, and a tight hand strength.
[Economy]
 

You would think that, if our lips were made of horn, and stuck out a foot or two from our faces, kisses at any rate would be done for. Not so. No creatures kiss each other so much as birds.
[Kisses]