Is not the whole world a vast house of assignation...
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Is not the whole world a vast house of assignation of which the filing system has been lost?
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Arthur C. Clarke
Gilbert K. Chesterton
It is well for us that we are born babies in intellect. Could we understand half what mothers say and do to their infants, we should be filled with a conceit of our own importance, which would render us insupportable through life.
A mother should give her children a superabundance of enthusiasm; that after they have lost all they are sure to lose on mixing with the world, enough may still remain to prompt fated support them through great actions.
A statesman, we are told, should follow public opinion. Doubtless, as a coachman follows his horses; having firm hold on the reins and guiding them.
Love, it has been said, flows downward. The love of parents for their children has always been far more powerful than that of children for their parents; and who among the sons of men ever loved God with a thousandth part of the love which God has manifested to us?
There is no being eloquent for atheism. In that exhausted receiver the mind cannot use its wings, - the clearest proof that it is out of its element.
Since the generality of persons act from impulse, much more than from principle, men are neither so good nor so bad as we are apt to think them.
It is a proof of our natural bias to evil, that gain is slower and harder than loss in all things good; but in all things bad getting is quicker and easier than getting rid of.
Many are ambitious of saying grand things, that is, of being grandiloquent.
The virtue of paganism was strength; the virtue of Christianity is obedience.
Examples would indeed be excellent things were not people so modest that none will set, and so vain that none will follow them.