C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


A rotten cause abides no handling.


God hides Himself behind causes.

Charles Rollin.

God befriend us, as our cause is just.


A noble cause doth ease much a grievous case.

Sir Philip Sidney.

  • To all facts there are laws,
  • The effect has its cause, and I mount to the cause.
  • Lord Lytton.

    I would seek unto God and unto God would I commit my cause.


    The first springs of great events, like those of great rivers, are often mean and little.


    In war events of importance are the result of trivial causes.


    The cause is hidden, but the result is known.


    Happy the man who has been able to learn the causes of things.


    We know the effects of many things, but the cause of few; experience, therefore, is a surer guide than imagination, and inquiry than conjecture.


    Every effect doth, after a sort, contain, or at least resemble, the cause from which it proceedeth.


  • Small are the seeds fate does unheeded sow
  • Of slight beginnings to important ends.
  • Davenant.

    It becomes extremely hard to disentangle our idea of the cause from the effect by which we know it.


    The great chain of causes, which, linking one to another, even to the throne of God Himself, can never be unraveled by any industry of ours.


    Those physical difficulties which you cannot account for, be very slow to arraign; for he that would be wiser than Nature would be wiser than God.

    Jeremy Bentham.

    The general idea of cause is that without which another thing, called the effect, cannot be. The final cause is that for the sake of which anything is done.

    Lord Morpeth.

  • To legislate each duty, were to count
  • Drops of a stream that issue from one fount.
  • God gives, since all effects are in their cause,
  • For narrow prescripts universal laws.
  • Abraham Coles.

    Small causes are sufficient to make a man uneasy, when great ones are not in the way; for want of a block, he will stumble at a straw.