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William R. Alger Quotes

A Unitarian minister and writer whose work contributed to the growth of comparative theology.
(1822 - 1905)

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A crowd always thinks with its sympathy, never with its reason.

After every storm the sun will smile; for every problem there is a solution, and the soul's indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer.

Aphorisms are portable wisdom, the quintessential extracts of thought and feeling.

Cunning is the dwarf of wisdom.

Even pearls are dark before the whiteness of his teeth.

Every man is his own greatest dupe.

False eloquence is exaggeration; true eloquence is emphasis.

Fate is the friend of the good, the guide of the wise, the tyrant of the foolish, the enemy of the bad.

He who has no wish to be happier is the happiest of men.

He who is master of all opinions can never be the bigot of any.

Ignorance is the mother of suspicion.

Laws are the silent assessors of God.

Love makes obedience lighter than liberty.

Men often make up in wrath what they want in reason.

Of all the portions of life it is in the two twilights, childhood and age, that tears fall with the most frequency; like the dew at dawn and eve.

Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond fields of the mind.

Public opinion is a second conscience.

Public opinion is, with multitudes, a second conscience; with some, the only one.

Reserve may be pride fortified in ice; dignity is worth reposing on truth.

The flower that we do not pluck is the only one that never loses its beauty or its fragrance.

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