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James Wood, comp. Dictionary of Quotations. 1899.

The goods to The ideal of friendship

The goods of this world cannot be divided without being lessened; but why be a niggard of that which bestows bliss on a fellow-creature, yet takes nothing from our own means of enjoyment?Burns.

The goose that lays the golden eggs likes to lay where there are eggs already.Spurgeon.

The gospel is at once the assigner of our tasks and the magazine of our strength.Decay of Piety.

The Gothic cathedral is a blossoming in stone subdued by the insatiable demand of harmony in man.Emerson.

The governing class, who should be working at an ark of deliverance for themselves and us while the hours still are, do nothing but complain, “We cannot get our hands kept rightly warm,” and sit obstinately burning the planks.Carlyle.

The government must always be a step in advance of the popular movement.Count Arnim-Boytzenburg.

The government of England is a government of law.Junius.

The gown is hers that wears it, and the world is his who enjoys it.Proverb.

The graceful minuet-dance of fancy must give place to the toilsome, thorny pilgrimage of understanding.Carlyle on the transition from the age of romance to that of science.

The grand encourager of Delphic and other noises is the echo.Carlyle.

“The grapes are sour,” said the fox when he could not reach them.Proverb.

The gravest events dawn with no more noise than the morning star makes in rising. All great developments complete themselves in the world, and modestly wait in silence, praising themselves never, and announcing themselves not at all. We must be sensitive and sensible if we would see the beginnings and endings of great things. That is our part.Ward Beecher.

The great agent of the march of the world is pain, the unsatisfied being that craves for development and is ill at ease in the process.Renan.

The great and rich depend on those whom their power or their wealth attaches to them.Rogers.

The great art of ruling consists for most part in persuading the people to believe that whatever happens happens through us.Cötvös.

The great artist is the slave of his ideal.Bovee.

The great cause of revolutions is this: that, while nations move onward, constitutions stand still.Macaulay.

The great distinction between mediæval art and modern is, that the former was brought into the service of religion and the latter is not.Ruskin.

The great doers in history have always been men of faith.Chapin.

The great duty of life is not to give pain; and the most acute reasoner cannot find an excuse for one who voluntarily wounds the heart of a fellow-creature.Fredrika Bremer.

The great error of our nature is, not to know where to stop, not to be satisfied with any reasonable acquirement, not to compound with our condition; but to lose all we have gained by an insatiable pursuit after more.Burke.

The great event for the world is, now as always, the arrival in it of a new wise man.Carlyle.

The great facts are the near ones.Emerson.

The great felicity of life is to be without perturbation.Seneca.

The great hope of society is individual character.Channing.

The great make us feel, first of all. the indifference of circumstances.Emerson.

The great man does, in good truth, belong to his own age; nay, more so than any other man; being properly the synopsis and epitome of such age with its interests and influences; but belongs likewise to all ages, otherwise he is not great.Carlyle.

The great man goes ahead of his time, the prudent (kluge) man goes with it, the crafty man makes his own out of it, and the blockhead sets himself against it.Bauernfeld.

The great man has more of human nature than other men organised in him.Theodore Parker.

The great man is he who, in the midst of the crowd, keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.Emerson.

The great mass of people have eyes and ears, but not much more, especially little power of judgment, and even memory.Schopenhauer.

The great modern recipe is to work, still to work, and always to work.Gambetta.

The great moments of life are but moments like the others. Your doom is spoken in a word or two. A single look from the eyes, a mere pressure of the hand, may decide it; or of the lips, though they cannot speak.Thackeray.

The great point is not to pull down, but to build up, and in this humanity finds pure joy.Goethe.

The great portion of labour is not skilled; the millions are and must be skilless, where strength alone is wanted.Carlyle.

The great principle of all effort is to endeavour to do, not what is absolutely best, but what is easily within our power, and adapted to our temper and condition.Ruskin.

The great river-courses which have shaped the lives of men have hardly changed.George Eliot.

The great rule of moral conduct is, next to God, to respect time.Lavater.

The great school for learning is the brain itself of the learner.Carlyle.

The great soul of the world is just. There is justice here below; at bottom there is nothing else but justice.Carlyle.

The great soul that sits on the throne of the universe is not, never was, and never will be, in a hurry.J. G. Holland.

The great source of calamity lies in regret or anticipation; he therefore is most wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or the future.Goldsmith.

The great spirits that have gone before us can survive only as disembodied voices.Carlyle.

The great successes of the world have been affairs of a second, a third, nay, a fiftieth trial.John Morley.

The great thieves punish the little ones.Proverb.

The great thing, after all, is only Forwards.Goethe.

The great world-revolutions send in their disturbing billows to the remotest creek, and the overthrow of thrones more slowly overturns also the households of the lowly.Carlyle.

The greater and more various any one’s knowledge, the longer he takes to find out anything that may suddenly be asked him; because he is like a shopkeeper who has to get the article wanted from a large and multifarious store.Schopenhauer.

The greater height sends down the deeper fall: / And good declin’d turns bad, turns worst of all.Quarles.

The greater man the greater courtesy.Tennyson.

The greater proportion of mankind are more sensitive to contemptuous language than unjust acts; for they can less easily bear insult than wrong.Plutarch.

The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally received at first with distrust.Schopenhauer.

The greatest benefit which one friend can confer upon another, is to guard, and excite, and elevate his virtues.Johnson.

The greatest braggards are generally the greatest cowards.Rousseau.

The greatest clerkes (scholars) ben not the wisest men.Chaucer.

The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them.Goethe.

The greatest events of an age are its best thoughts. It is the nature of thought to find its way into action.Bovee.

The greatest expense we can be at is that of our time.Proverb.

The greatest felicity that felicity hath is to spread.Hooker.

The greatest flood hath the soonest ebb; the sorest tempest the most sudden calm; the hottest love the coldest end; and from the deepest desire oftentimes ensues the deadliest hate.Socrates.

The greatest genius is the most indebted man.Emerson.

The greatest happiness of the greatest number.Priestley.

The greatest hatred, like the greatest virtue and the worst dogs, is quiet.Jean Paul.

The greatest man in history was the poorest.Emerson.

The greatest man is ever a son of man (Menschenkind).Goethe.

The greatest man living may stand in need of the meanest as much as the meanest does of him.Fuller.

The greatest men even want much more of the sympathy which every honest fellow can give than that which the great only can impart.Thoreau.

The greatest men of a nation are those whom it puts to death.Renan.

The greatest men of any age, those who become its leaders when there is a great march to be begun, are separated from the average intellects of their day by a distance which is immeasurable in ordinary terms of wonder.Ruskin.

The greatest men, whether poets or historians, live entirely in their own age, and the greatest faults of their works are gathered out of their own age.Ruskin.

The greatest men will be necessarily those who possess the best capacities, cultivated with the best habits.James Harris.

The greatest miracle of love is to eradicate flirtation.La Rochefoucauld.

The greatest misfortune of all is not to be able to bear misfortune.Bias.

The greatest object in the universe, says a certain philosopher, is a good man struggling with adversity; yet there is a still greater, which is the good man that comes to relieve it.Goldsmith.

The greatest of all economists are the fortifying virtues, which the wisest men of all time have arranged under the general heads of Prudence, or Discretion, the spirit which discerns and adopts rightly; Justice, the spirit which rules and divides rightly; Fortitude, the spirit which persists and endures rightly; and Temperance, the spirit which stops and refuses rightly.Ruskin.

The greatest of all injustice is that which goes under the name of law.L’Estrange.

The greatest of all perversities is to deny one’s own nature and act contrary to its innate moral principle.Sophocles.

The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.Carlyle.

The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other advantage.Schopenhauer.

The greatest of heroic deeds are those which are performed within four walls and in domestic privacy.Jean Paul.

The greatest ornament of an illustrious life is modesty and humility, which go a great way in the character even of the most exalted princes.Napoleon.

The greatest part of mankind labour under one delirium or another.Fielding.

The greatest prayer is patience.Buddha.

The greatest skill is shown in disguising our skill.La Rochefoucauld.

The greatest scholars are not always the wisest men.Proverb.

The greatest star is that at the little end of the telescope,—the star that is looking, not looked after, nor looked at.Theo. Parker.

The greatest success is confidence, or perfect understanding between sincere people.Emerson.

The greatest truths are commonly the simplest.Malesherbes.

The greatest truths are the simplest; and so are the greatest men.Hare.

The greatest vessel hath but its measure.Proverb.

The greatest virtues of men are only splendid sins.Augustine. (?)

The Greeks and Romans are the only ancients who never become old.Weber.

The Greeks cared for man only, and for the rest of the universe little or not at all; the moderns for the universe only, and man not at all.Ruskin.

The Greeks were the first to exalt spirit to lordship over nature; it was Christ who first taught us what that spirit is in itself.James Wood.

The grey mare is the better horse.Proverb.

The grief that does not speak / Whispers the o’er-fraught heart, and bids it break.Macbeth, iv. 3.

The grief which all hearts share grows less for one.Sir Edwin Arnold.

The groundsel speaks not save what it heard at the hinges.Proverb.

The guilty mind debases the great image that it wears, and levels us with brutes. (?)

The habit and power of reading with reflection, comprehension, and memory all alert and awake, does not come at once to the natural man any more than many other sovereign virtues.John Morley.

The habit of looking on the best side of every event is worth more than a thousand a year.Johnson.

The habit of lying, when once formed, is easily extended to serve the designs of malice or interest; like all habits, it spreads indeed of itself.Paley.

The habit of party in England is not to ask the alliance of a man of genius, but to follow the guidance of a man of character.Lord John Russell.

The hand of little employment hath the daintier sense.Hamlet, v. 1.

The hand that gives, gathers.Proverb.

The Hand that hath made you fair hath made you good; the goodness that is cheap in beauty makes beauty brief in goodness; but grace, being the soul of your complexion, should keep the body of it ever fair.Meas. for Meas., iii. 1.

The happiest of men were he who, understanding his craft and working intelligently with his hands, and earning competence and freedom by the exercise of his wits, found time to live by the heart and by the brain, to understand his own work, and to love the work of God.Mme. George Sand.

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions,—the little, soon-forgotten charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment in the disguise of a playful raillery, and the countless other infinitesimals of pleasant thought and feeling.Coleridge.

The happiness of man depends on no creed and no book; it depends on the dominion of truth, which is the redeemer and saviour, the Messiah and the King of glory.Rabbi Wise.

The happiness of the human race is one of the designs of God, but our own individual happiness must not be made our first or our direct aim.W. R. Greg.

The happiness we owe to ourselves is greater than that which we owe to our surroundings.Metrodorus.

The happy day will come when mind, heart, and hands shall be alive together, and shall work in concert; when there shall be a harmony between God’s munificence and man’s delight in it.Mme. George Sand.

The happy have whole days, and those they choose; / The unhappy have but hours, and those they lose.Colley Cibber.

The happy man is he who distinguishes the boundary between desires and delight, and stands firmly on the higher ground.Landor.

The happy think a lifetime a short stage: / One night to the unhappy seems an age.Lucian.

The hardest step is over the threshold.Proverb.

The hardships or misfortunes we lie under are more easy to us than those of any other person would be, should we change conditions with him.Horace.

The hare leaps out of the bush where we least look for her.Spanish Proverb.

The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few.Jesus.

The hatred which is grafted on extinguished friendship must bring forth the most deadly fruits.Lessing.

The head cannot understand any work of art unless it be in company with the heart.Goethe.

The head is a half, a fraction, until it is enlarged and inspired by the moral sentiments.Emerson.

The head learns new things, but the heart for evermore practises old experiences.Ward Beecher.

The head only reproduces what the heart creates; and so we give the mocking-bird credit when he imitates the loving murmurs of the dove.G. J. W. Melville.

The health of a state consists simply in this, that in it those who are wisest shall also be strongest.Ruskin.

The healthy know not of their health, but only the sick.Carlyle.

The healthy man is the compliment of the seasons, and in winter summer is in his heart. There is the south!Thoreau.

The healthy understanding is not the logical argumentative, but the intuitive; for the end of understanding is not to prove and find reasons, but to know and believe.Carlyle.

The heart always sees before the head can see.Carlyle.

The heart aye’s the part aye / That mak’s us right or wrang.Burns.

The heart benevolent and kind / The most resembles God.Burns.

The heart can ne’er a transport know / That never feels a pain.Lyttelton.

The heart has eyes that the brain knows nothing of.C. H. Parkhurst.

The heart has its arguments with which the understanding is not acquainted. (?)

The heart is a small thing, but desireth great matters. It is not sufficient for a kite’s dinner, yet the whole world is not sufficient for it.Hugo de Amma.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?Bible.

The heart is like a millstone, which gives meat if you supply it with corn, but frets itself if you don’t.C. J. Weber.

The heart is like a musical instrument of many strings, all the chords of which require putting in harmony.Saadi.

The heart is like the sea, is subject to storms, ebb-tide and flood, and in its depths is many a precious pearl.Heine.

The heart is the best logician.Wendell Phillips.

The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.Bible.

The heart must be beaten or bruised, and then the sweet scent will come out.Bunyan.

The heart must be divorced from its idols. (?)

The heart must glow before the tongue can gild.W. R. Alger.

The heart needs not for its heaven much space, nor many stars therein, if only the star of love has arisen.Jean Paul.

The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.Proverb.

The heart of a wise man should resemble a mirror, which reflects every object without being sullied by any.Confucius.

The heart of childhood is all mirth.Keble.

The heart of every man lies open to the shafts of reproof if the archer can but take a proper aim.Goldsmith.

The heart of man is the place the devils dwell in.Sir Thomas Browne.

The heart of the righteous studieth to answer; but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.Bible.

The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.Bible.

The heart sees farther than the head.Proverb.

The heart that is soonest awake to the flowers is always the first to be touched by the thorns.Moore.

The heart that once truly loves never forgets.Proverb.

The heart, unlike the fancy and the imagination, is not complex, and may be reached by the same weapons of thought in the most luxurious court of Christendom as in the tent of the Arab or the wigwam of the Cherokee.C. Fitzhugh.

The heart which truly loves puts not its love aside … but grows stronger for that which seeks to thwart it.Lewis Morris.

The heart will break, yet brokenly live on.Byron.

The hearts of men are their books, events are their tutors, great actions are their eloquence.Macaulay.

The heavenly powers never go out of their road.Emerson.

The heavens and the earth, and all that is between them, think ye we have created them in jest?Koran.

The heavens and the earth are but the time-vesture of the Eternal.Carlyle.

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork.Bible.

The heavenward path which a great man opens up for us and traverses generally, like the track of a ship through the water, closes behind him on his decease.Goethe.

The heaviest head of corn hangs its head lowest.Gaelic Proverb.

The heavy and the weary weight / Of all this unintelligible world.Wordsworth.

The Hebrew Bible, is it not, before all things, true, as no other book ever was or will be?Carlyle.

The height charms us, the steps to it do not; with the summit in our eye, we love to walk along the plain.Goethe.

The height of ability consists in a thorough knowledge of the real value of things, and of the genius of the age we live in.La Rochefoucauld.

The heights by great men reached and kept / Were not attained by sudden flight, / But they, while their companions slept, / Were toiling upward in the night.Longfellow.

The hell of these days is the infinite terror of Not getting on, especially of Not making money.Carlyle.

The hen of our neighbour appears to us as a goose.Eastern Proverb.

The herd of people dread sound understanding more than anything; they ought to dread stupidity, if they knew what was really dreadful. Understanding is unpleasant, they must have it pushed aside; stupidity is but pernicious, they can let it stay.Goethe.

The heroes of literary history have been no less remarkable for what they have suffered than for what they have achieved.Johnson.

The heroic heart, the seeing eye, of the first times, still feels and sees in us of the latest.Carlyle.

The higher character a person supports, the more he should regard his minutest actions.Shenstone.

The higher enthusiasm of man’s nature is for the while without exponent; yet does it continue indestructible, unweariedly active, and work blindly in the great chaotic deep. Thus sect after sect, and church after church, bodies itself forth, and melts again into new metamorphosis.Carlyle.

The higher the culture, the more honourable the work.Roscher.

The higher the wisdom, the closer its neighbourhood and kinship with mere insanity.Carlyle.

The higher we rise, the more isolated we become, and all elevations are cold.De Boufflers.

The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout man.Prof. Blackie.

The highest elevation attainable by man is a heroic life.Schopenhauer.

The highest exercise of invention has nothing to do with fiction; but is an invention of new truth, what we can call a revelation.Carlyle.

The highest genius never flowers in satire, but culminates in sympathy with that which is best in human nature, and appeals to it.Chapin.

The highest gift which we receive from God and Nature is Life, the revolving movement, which knows neither pause nor rest, of the self-conscious being round itself. The instinct to protect and cherish life is indestructibly innate in every one, but the peculiarity of it ever remains a mystery to us and others.Goethe.

The highest happiness of us mortals is to execute what we consider right and good; to be really masters of the means conducive to our aims.Goethe.

The highest heaven of wisdom is alike near from every point, and thou must find it, if at all, by methods native to thyself alone.Emerson.

The highest in God’s esteem are meanest in their own.Thomas à Kempis.

The highest joys spring from those possessions which are common to all, which we can neither alienate ourselves nor be deprived of by others, to which kind Nature has given all an equal right—a right which she herself guards with silent omnipotence.Goethe.

The highest liberty is in harmony with the eternal laws.H. Giles.

The highest man of us is born brother to his contemporaries; struggle as he may, there is no escaping the family likeness.Carlyle.

The highest melody dwells only in silence—the sphere melody, the melody of health.Carlyle.

The Highest not merely has, but is, reason and understanding.Goethe.

The highest political watchword is not Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, nor yet Solidarity, but Service.A. H. Clough.

The highest price a man can pay for a thing is to ask for it.Proverb.

The highest problem of every art is, by means of appearances, to produce the illusion of a loftier reality.Goethe.

The highest problem of literature is the writing of a Bible.Novalis.

The highest reach of a news-writer is an empty reasoning on policy, and vain conjectures on the public management.La Bruyère.

The highest thing that art can do is to set before you the true image of the presence of a noble human being. It has never done more than this, and it might not do less.Ruskin.

The highest virtue of the tropics is chastity; of colder regions, temperance.Bovee.

The highest wisdom is not to be always wise.M. Opiz.

The highway of the upright is to depart from evil.Bible.

The hind that would be mated by the lion / Must die for love.All’s Well, i. 1.

The historian is a prophet with his face directed to the past.Fr. v. Schlegel.

The history of a man is his character.Goethe.

The history of a soldier’s wound beguiles the pain of it. We lose the right of complaining sometimes by forbearing it, but we often treble the force.Sterne.

The history of every man should be a Bible.Novalis.

The history of persecution is a history of endeavours to cheat Nature, to make water run uphill, to twist a rope of sand. It makes no difference whether the actors be many or one, a tyrant or a mob.Emerson.

The history of reforms is always identical; it is the comparison of the idea with the fact.Emerson.

The history of the Church is a history of the invisible as well as of the visible Church; which latter, if disjoined from the former, is but a vacant edifice; gilded, it may be, and overhung with old votive gifts, yet useless, nay, pestilentially unclean; to write whose history is less important than to forward its downfall.Carlyle.

The history of the world is nothing but the history of successful or unsuccessful grumbling; operating in great things as in small,… inculcating through all of them the great moral, that it is not good for a man to be contented with evils that he can remove.John Wagstaffe.

The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.Bible.

The hollow sea-shell which for years hath stood / On dusty shelves, when held against the ear / Proclaims its stormy parent.Eugene Lee-Hamilton.

The Holy Supper is kept indeed / In whatso we share with another’s need; / Not what we give, but what we share, / For the gift without the giver is bare.Lowell.

The honest heart that’s free frae a’ / Intended fraud or guile, / However Fortune kick the ba’, / Has aye some cause to smile.Burns.

The honest man does that from duty which the man of honour does for the sake of character. (?)

The honest man, though e’er so poor, / Is king o’ men for a’ that.Burns.

The honourablest part of talk is to give the occasion; and again to moderate and pass to somewhat else, for then a man leads the dance.Bacon.

The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.Bible.

The horse thinks one thing, and he that rides him another.Proverb.

The host should be indeed a host, and a lord of the land, a self-appointed brother of his race; called to this place, besides, by all the winds of heaven and his good genius, as truly as the preacher is called to preach.Thoreau.

The hottest love has the coldest end.Socrates.

The hour of all windbags does arrive; every windbag is at length ripped and collapses.Carlyle.

The hours should be instructed by the ages, and the ages explained by the hours.Emerson.

The hours that we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowned with fruition.Goldsmith.

The house of the childless is empty; and so is the heart of him that hath no wife.Hitopadesa.

The house that is a-building looks not as the house that is built.Proverb.

The household is the home of the man as well as of the child.Emerson.

The human creature needs first of all to be educated, not that he may speak, but that he may have something weighty and valuable to say.Carlyle.

The human face is my landscape.Sir Joshua Reynolds.

The human heart has a sigh lonelier than the cry of the bittern.W. R. Alger.

The human heart is like a millstone in a mill; when you put wheat under it, it turns, and grinds, and bruises the wheat into flour; if you put no wheat in, it still grinds on; but then it is itself it grinds and slowly wears away.Luther.

The human heart is like heaven; the more angels the more room.Fredrika Bremer.

The human mind cannot go beyond the gift of God.William Blake.

The human mind, in proportion as it is deprived of external resources, sedulously labours to find within itself the means of happiness, learns to rely with confidence on its own exertions, and gains with greater certainty the power of being happy.Zimmermann.

The human mind is to be treated like a skein of ravelled silk, where you must cautiously secure one free end before you can make any progress in disentangling it.Scott.

The human mind will not be confined to any limits.Goethe.

The human race is in the best condition when it has the greatest degree of liberty.Dante.

The human soul is like a bird that is born in a cage. Nothing can deprive it of its natural longings, or obliterate the mysterious remembrance of its heritage.Epes Sargent.

The human voice has an authority and an insinuating property which writing lacks.Joubert.

The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.St. Paul.

The hypocrite shows well and says well, and himself is the worst thing he hath.Bishop Hall.

The idea you have once spoken, if even it were an idea, is no longer yours; it is gone from you, so much life and virtue is gone, and the vital circulations of yourself and your destiny and activity are henceforth deprived of it.Carlyle.

The Ideal always has to grow in the Real, and to seek out its bed and board there in a very sorry way.Carlyle.

The ideal beauty is a fugitive which is never located.Madame de Sévigné.

The ideal of beauty is simplicity and repose; from which it follows that no youth can be a master.Goethe.

The ideal of friendship is to feel as one while remaining two.Mme. Swetchine.