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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.