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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.
[Subtlety]
 

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.
[Fate]
 

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.
[Opinion]
 

Ignorance is the mother of suspicion.
 

Laws are the silent assessors of God.
[Law]
 

Love makes obedience lighter than liberty.
[Love]
 

Men often make up in wrath what they want in reason.
[Anger]
 

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.
[Tears]
 

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.
[Opinion]
 

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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