"Sir, clear your mind of
(Dr. Johnson - Boswell)
"The grand primum mobile of England is cant; cant political, cant
poetical, cant religious, cant moral, but always cant, multiplied
through all the varieties of life."
"There is nothing of permanent value (putting aside a few human
affections), nothing that satisfies quiet reflection - except the
sense of having worked according to one's capacity and light, to make
things clear and get rid of cant and shams of all sorts."
"Il y a parier que toute idée publique, toute
convention reçu, est une sottise, car elle est convenu au plus grand
"It is harder to avoid censure than to
gain applause, for this may be done by one great or wise action in an
age; but to escape censure a man must pass his whole life without
saying or doing an ill or foolish thing."
"If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if
he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
"Nothing more certain than incertainties
Fortune is full of fresh variety
Constant in nothing but inconstancy."
"The web of this world is woven of Necessity and Chance."
"Chance does nothing that has not been prepared beforehand.
"He that leaveth nothing to chance will do few things ill but he will
do very few things."
"Children sweeten labours; but they make misfortunes more bitter.
"The noblest works and foundations have proceeded from childless
"He that hath wife and children, hath given hostages to fortune; for
they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue, or
"He that spareth his rod hateth his son."
"Even a child is known by his doings."
"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old he will
not depart from it."
(Bible - Proverbs)
"That is the sum of their Christianity; and correctly defined it is a
mixture of childishness and crime."
"There has never been a kingdom given to so many civil wars as that
"The Moral Christian is the Cause
Of the Unbelievers & his Laws.
"Every good man, so far as he is a good man, is a heathen; and every
Christian, so far as he is a Christian, is a bad man."
(Thomas Taylor, the Neo-Platonist. Quoted In
"There is no salvation outside the Church."
"Rome has spoken; the case is concluded."
"Civilization advances by extending the number of important
operations which we can perform without thinking of them."
"The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions."
"Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."
"The only man who can change his mind is a man that's got one."
"Conservative: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils,
as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with
(Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary)
"Conscience is, in most men, an anticipation of the opinion of
"We never do anything well till we cease to
think about the manner of doing it."
(Hazlitt, On Prejudice)
"There is an accumulative cruelty in a number of men, though none
in particular are ill-natured."
"Cruelty has a Human
And Jealousy a Human
Terror, the Human Form
And Secrecy, the Human
"Culture being a pursuit of our total perfection by means of
getting to know, on all the matters which most concern us, the best
which has been thought and said in the world."
"Culture, the acquainting ourselves with the best that has been
known and said in the world, and thus with the history of the human