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


Practice makes perfect.


His nice fence and his active practice.


Theory looks well on paper, but does not amount to anything without practice.

H. W. Shaw.

Theory, from whatever source, is not perfect until it is reduced to practice.

Hosea Ballou.

Ah! if the pulpit would practice what it preaches, then all would be well.

Horace Greeley.

I am little inclined to practise on others, and as little that they should practise on me.

Sir W. Temple.

He sought to have that by practice which he could not by prayer.

Sir P. Sidney.

Things confirmed by long practice and usage have all the force of law.


In church they are taught to love God; after church they are practised to love their neighbor.


There is a distinction, but no opposition, between theory and practice. Each to a certain extent supposes the other. Theory is dependent on practice; practice must have preceded theory.

Sir W. Hamilton.

There are two functions of the soul,—contemplation and practice,—according to the general division of objects; some of which only entertain our speculations, other employ our actions.