Every man is bound to leave a story better than he found it.
praise is a great tonic, and helps most people to do their best.
Learn the lesson of your own pain--learn to seek God, not in any single event of past history, but in your own soul--in the constant verifications of experience, in the life of Christian love.
Truth has never been, can never be, contained in any one creed or system.
Is there any other slavery and chain like that of temperament?
All things change, creeds and philosophies and outward systems - but God remains.
I wanted to show how a man of sensitive and noble character, born for religion, comes to throw off the orthodoxies of his day and moment, and to go out into the wilderness where all is experiment, and spiritual life begins again.
There is a tyrannical element in all fanaticism, an element which makes opposition a torment.
A victim to certain obscure forms of gout, he was in character neither stupid, nor inhuman, but he suffered from the usual drawbacks of his class, - too much money, and too few ideas.
We all grow on somebody's grave.
It is the rank and file - the average woman - for whom the world has opened up so astonishingly.
I regard the whole university system as a wretched sham. Knowledge! It has no more to do with knowledge than my boots.
my credo is very short. Its first article is art - and its second is art - and its third is art!
Place before your eyes two Precepts, and two only. One is, Preach the Gospel; and the other is--Put down enthusiasm!The Church of England in a nutshell.
Other trades may fail. The agitator is always sure of his market.
The delight in natural things - colors, forms, scents - when there was nothing to restrain or hamper it, has often been a kind of intoxication, in which thought and consciousness seemed suspended.
Do we all become garrulous and confidential as we approach the gates of old age? Is it that we instinctively feel, and cannot help asserting, our one advantage over the younger generation, which has so many over us? - the one advantage of time!
For after my marriage I had made various attempts to write fiction. They were clearly failures.
How little those who are schoolgirls of today can realize what it was to be a schoolgirl in the fifties or the early sixties of the last century!
But no man has a monopoly of conscience.
But the mind travels far - and mysteriously - in sleep.
English girls' schools today providing the higher education are, so far as my knowledge goes, worthily representative of that astonishing rise in the intellectual standards of women which has taken place in the last half-century.
Every great religion is, in truth, a concentration of great ideas, capable, as all ideas are, of infinite expansion and adaptation.
Conviction is the conscience of the mind.
Customers must be delicately angled for at a safe distance - show yourself too much, and, like trout, they flashed away.
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