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Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: The eye observes only what the mind, the heart, and the imagination are gifted to The eye observes only what the mind, the heart, and the imagination are gifted to see; and sight must be reinforced by insight before souls can be discerned as well as manners, ideas as well as objects, realities and relations as well as appearances and accidental connections. — Edwin Percy Whipple
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Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Cheerfulness in most cheerful people is the rich and satisfying result of strenuous discipline. Cheerfulness in most cheerful people is the rich and satisfying result of strenuous discipline. — Edwin Percy Whipple
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Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: From Lucifer to Jerry Sneak there is not an aspect of evil, imperfection, and littleness From Lucifer to Jerry Sneak there is not an aspect of evil, imperfection, and littleness which can elude the lights of humor or the lightning of wit. — Edwin Percy Whipple
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Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Whenever you find humour, you find pathos close by its side. Whenever you find humour, you find pathos close by its side. — Edwin Percy Whipple
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Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time. Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time. — Edwin Percy Whipple
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Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: God is glorified, not by our groans, but by our thanksgivings. God is glorified, not by our groans, but by our thanksgivings. — Edwin Percy Whipple
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Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Wit is an unexpected explosion of thought. Wit is an unexpected explosion of thought. — Edwin Percy Whipple
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Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Tears are copiously showered over frailties the discoverer takes a malicious delight in circulating; and Tears are copiously showered over frailties the discoverer takes a malicious delight in circulating; and thus, all granite on one side of the heart, and all milk on the other, the unsexed scandal-monger hies from house to house, pouring balm from its weeping eyes on the wounds it inflicts with its stabbing tongue. — Edwin Percy Whipple
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Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Grit is the grain of character. It may generally be described as heroism materialized,spirit and Grit is the grain of character. It may generally be described as heroism materialized,
spirit and will thrust into heart, brain, and backbone, so as to form part of the physical substance of the man. — Edwin Percy Whipple
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Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: True wisdom, indeed, springs from the wide brain which is fed from the deep heart; True wisdom, indeed, springs from the wide brain which is fed from the deep heart; and it is only when age warms its withering conceptions at the memory of its youthful fire, when it makes experience serve aspiration, and knowledge illumine the difficult paths through which thoughts thread their way into facts,
it is only then that age becomes broadly and nobly wise. — Edwin Percy Whipple
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Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Irony is an insult conveyed in the form of a compliment. Irony is an insult conveyed in the form of a compliment. — Edwin Percy Whipple
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Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Sydney Smith playfully says that common sense was invented by Socrates, that philosopher having been Sydney Smith playfully says that common sense was invented by Socrates, that philosopher having been one of its most conspicuous exemplars in conducting the contest of practical sagacity against stupid prejudice and illusory beliefs. — Edwin Percy Whipple
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Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: An epigram often flashes light into regions where reason shines but dimly. An epigram often flashes light into regions where reason shines but dimly. — Edwin Percy Whipple
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Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: The essence of the ludicrous consists in surprise,in unexpected terms of feeling and explosions of The essence of the ludicrous consists in surprise,
in unexpected terms of feeling and explosions of thought,
often bringing dissimilar things together with a shock; as when some wit called Boyle, the celebrated philosopher, the father of chemistry and brother of the Earl of Cork. — Edwin Percy Whipple
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Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: No education deserves the name unless it develops thought, unless it pierces down to the No education deserves the name unless it develops thought, unless it pierces down to the mysterious spiritual principle of mind, and starts that into activity and growth. — Edwin Percy Whipple
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Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Men educate each other in reason by contact or collision, and keep each other sane Men educate each other in reason by contact or collision, and keep each other sane by the very conflict of their separate hobbies. Society as a whole is the deadly enemy of the particular crotchet of each, and solitude is almost the only condition in which the acorn of conceit can grow to the oak of perfect self-delusion. — Edwin Percy Whipple
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Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: As men neither fear nor respect what has been made contemptible, all honor to him As men neither fear nor respect what has been made contemptible, all honor to him who makes oppression laughable as well as detestable. Armies cannot protect it then; and walls which have remained impenetrable to cannon have fallen before a roar of laughter or a hiss of contempt. — Edwin Percy Whipple
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Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Humor implies a sure conception of the beautiful, the majestic and he true, by whose Humor implies a sure conception of the beautiful, the majestic and he true, by whose light it surveys and shape s their opposites. It is a humane influence, softening with mirth the ragged inequities of existence, prompting tolerant views of life, bridging over the space which separates the lofty from the lowly, the great from the humble. — Edwin Percy Whipple
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Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Nature and society are so replete with startling contrasts that wit often consists in the Nature and society are so replete with startling contrasts that wit often consists in the mere statement and comparison of facts, as when Hume says that the ancient Muscovites wedded their wives with a whip instead of a ring. — Edwin Percy Whipple
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Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Knowledge, like religion, must be experienced in order to be known. Knowledge, like religion, must be experienced in order to be known. — Edwin Percy Whipple
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Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: The greatness of action includes immoral as well as moral greatnessCortes and Napoleon, as well The greatness of action includes immoral as well as moral greatness
Cortes and Napoleon, as well as Luther and Washington. — Edwin Percy Whipple
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Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: A nation may be in a tumult to-day for a thought which the timid Erasmus A nation may be in a tumult to-day for a thought which the timid Erasmus placidly penned in his study more than two centuries ago. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: The great characteristic of men of active genius is a sublime self-confidence, springing not from The great characteristic of men of active genius is a sublime self-confidence, springing not from self-conceit, but from an intense identification of the man with his object, which lifts him altogether above the fear of danger and death, which gives to his enterprise a character of insanity to the common eye, and which communicates an almost superhuman audacity to his will. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: The inborn geniality of some people amounts to genius. The inborn geniality of some people amounts to genius. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: We all originally came from the woods! it is hard to eradicate from any of We all originally came from the woods! it is hard to eradicate from any of us the old taste for the tattoo and the war-paint; and the moment that money gets into our pockets, it somehow or another breaks out in ornaments on our person, without always giving refinement to our manners. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Genius is not a single power, but a combination of great powers. It reasons, but Genius is not a single power, but a combination of great powers. It reasons, but it is not reasoning; it judges, but it is not judgment; imagines, but it is not imagination; it feels deeply and fiercely, but it is not passion. It is neither, because it is all. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Books -lighthouses erected in the great sea of time -books, the precious depositories of the Books -lighthouses erected in the great sea of time -books, the precious depositories of the thoughts and creations of genius -books, by whose sorcery times past become time present, and the whole pageantry of the world's history moves in solemn procession before our eyes, -these were to visit the firesides of the humble and lavish the treasures of the intellect upon the poor. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Nature does not capriciously scatter her secrets as golden gifts to lazy pets and luxurious Nature does not capriciously scatter her secrets as golden gifts to lazy pets and luxurious darlings, but imposes tasks when she presents opportunities, and uplifts him whom she would inform. The apple that she drops at the feet of Newton is but a coy invitation to follow her to the stars. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Everybody knows that fanaticism is religion caricatured; bears, indeed, about the same relation to it Everybody knows that fanaticism is religion caricatured; bears, indeed, about the same relation to it that a monkey bears to a man; yet, with many, contempt of fanaticism is received as a sure sign of hostility to religion. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Mirth is a Proteus, changing its shape and manner with the thousand diversities of individual Mirth is a Proteus, changing its shape and manner with the thousand diversities of individual character, from the most superfluous gayety to the deepest, moat earnest humor. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Some men find happiness in gluttony and in drunkenness, but no delicate viands can touch Some men find happiness in gluttony and in drunkenness, but no delicate viands can touch their taste with the thrill of pleasure, and what generosity there is in wine steadily refuses to impart its glow to their shriveled hearts. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Wit implies hatred or contempt of folly and crime, produces its effects by brisk shocks Wit implies hatred or contempt of folly and crime, produces its effects by brisk shocks of surprise, uses the whip of scorpions and the branding-iron, stabs, stings, pinches, tortures, goads, teases, corrodes, undermines. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Genius may be almost defined as the faculty of acquiring poverty. Genius may be almost defined as the faculty of acquiring poverty. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Of the three prerequisites of genius; the first is soul; the second is soul; and Of the three prerequisites of genius; the first is soul; the second is soul; and the third is soul. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Talent is full of thoughts, Genius is thought. Talent is a cistern, Genius a fountain. Talent is full of thoughts, Genius is thought. Talent is a cistern, Genius a fountain. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Sin, every day, takes out a patent for some new invention. Sin, every day, takes out a patent for some new invention. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: We like the fine extravagance of that philosopher who declared that no man was as We like the fine extravagance of that philosopher who declared that no man was as rich as all men ought to be. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: The wise men of old have sent most of their morality down the stream of The wise men of old have sent most of their morality down the stream of time in the light skiff of apothegm or epigram; and the proverbs of nations, which embody the commonsense of nations, have the brisk concussion of the most sparkling wit. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: What does competency in the long run mean? It means to all reasonable beings, cleanliness What does competency in the long run mean? It means to all reasonable beings, cleanliness of person, decency of dress, courtesy of manners, opportunities for education, the delights of leisure, and the bliss of giving. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: A man of letters is often a man with two natures,one a book nature, the A man of letters is often a man with two natures,
one a book nature, the other a human nature. These often clash sadly. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Pretension is nothing; power is everything. Pretension is nothing; power is everything. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Even in social life, it is persistency which attracts confidence, more than talents and accomplishments. Even in social life, it is persistency which attracts confidence, more than talents and accomplishments. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Heroism is no extempore work of transient impulsea rocket rushing fretfully up to disturb the Heroism is no extempore work of transient impulse
a rocket rushing fretfully up to disturb the darkness by which, after a moment's insulting radiance, it is ruthlessly swallowed up,
but a steady fire, which darts forth tongues of flame. It is no sparkling epigram of action, but a luminous epic of character. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Nothing really succeeds which is not based on reality; sham, in a large sense, is Nothing really succeeds which is not based on reality; sham, in a large sense, is never successful. In the life of the individual, as in the more comprehensive life of the State, pretension is nothing and power is everything. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: The purity of the critical ermine, like that of the judicial, is often soiled by The purity of the critical ermine, like that of the judicial, is often soiled by contact with politics. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: There is a serious and resolute egotism that makes a man interesting to his friends There is a serious and resolute egotism that makes a man interesting to his friends and formidable to his opponents. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Every style formed elaborately on any model must be affected and straight-laced. Every style formed elaborately on any model must be affected and straight-laced. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Humor, warm and all-embracing as the sunshine, bathes its objects in a genial and abiding Humor, warm and all-embracing as the sunshine, bathes its objects in a genial and abiding light. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: The contemplation of beauty in nature, in art, in literature, in human character, diffuses through The contemplation of beauty in nature, in art, in literature, in human character, diffuses through our being a soothing and subtle joy, by which the heart's anxious and aching cares are softly smiled away. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Dignity is often a veil between us and the real truth of things. Dignity is often a veil between us and the real truth of things. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: The saddest failures in life are those that come from not putting forth the power The saddest failures in life are those that come from not putting forth the power and will to succeed. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: A true teacher should penetrate to whatever is vital in his pupil, and develop that A true teacher should penetrate to whatever is vital in his pupil, and develop that by the light and heat of his own intelligence. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: A composition which dazzles at first sight by gaudy epithets, or brilliant turns or expression, A composition which dazzles at first sight by gaudy epithets, or brilliant turns or expression, or glittering trains of imagery, may fade gradually from the mind, leaving no enduring impression; but words which flow fresh and warm from a full heart, and which are instinct with the life and breath of human feeling, pass into household memories, and partake of the immortality of the affections from which they spring. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Talent jogs to conclusions to which Genius takes giant leaps. Talent jogs to conclusions to which Genius takes giant leaps. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Cervantes shrewdly advises to lay a bridge of silver for a flying enemy. Cervantes shrewdly advises to lay a bridge of silver for a flying enemy. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: The universal line of distinction between the strong and the weak is that one persists; The universal line of distinction between the strong and the weak is that one persists; the other hesitates, falters, trifles, and at last collapses or caves in. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: In most old communities there is a common sense even in sensuality. Vice itself gets In most old communities there is a common sense even in sensuality. Vice itself gets gradually digested into a system, is amenable to certain laws of conventional propriety and honor, has for its object simply the gratification of its appetites, and frowns with quite a conservative air on all new inventions, all untried experiments in iniquity. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: What a lesson, indeed, is all history and all life to the folly and fruitlessness What a lesson, indeed, is all history and all life to the folly and fruitlessness of pride! The Egyptian kings had their embalmed bodies preserved in massive pyramids, to obtain an earthly immortality. In the seventeenth century they were sold as quack medicines, and now they are burnt for fuel! The Egyptian mummies, which Cambyses or time hath spared, avarice now consumeth. Mummy is become merchandise. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: The minister's brain is often the "poor-box" of the church. The minister's brain is often the "poor-box" of the church. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: A large portion of human beings live not so much in themselves as in what A large portion of human beings live not so much in themselves as in what they desire to be. They create what is called an ideal character, in an ideal form, whose perfections compensate in some degree for the imperfections of their own. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: A politician weakly and amiably in the right is no match for a politician tenaciously A politician weakly and amiably in the right is no match for a politician tenaciously and pugnaciously in the wrong. You cannot, by tying an opinion, to a man's tongue, make him the representative of that opinion; and at the close of any battle for principles, his name will be found neither among the dead nor among the wounded, but among the missing. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Do we, mad as we all are after riches, hear often enough from the pulpit Do we, mad as we all are after riches, hear often enough from the pulpit the spirit of those words in which Dean Swift, in his epitaph on the affluent and profligate Colonel Chartres, announces the small esteem of wealth in the eyes of God, from the fact of His thus lavishing it upon the meanest and basest of His creatures? — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: A writer who attempts to live on the manufacture of his imagination is continually coquetting A writer who attempts to live on the manufacture of his imagination is continually coquetting with starvation. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Felicity, not fluency of language, is a merit. Felicity, not fluency of language, is a merit. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: What a man does with his wealth depends upon his idea of happiness. Those who What a man does with his wealth depends upon his idea of happiness. Those who draw prizes in life are apt to spend tastelessly, if not viciously; not knowing that it requires as much talent to spend as to make. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: But the conceit of one's self and the conceit of one's hobby are hardly more But the conceit of one's self and the conceit of one's hobby are hardly more prolific of eccentricity than the conceit of one's money. Avarice, the most hateful and wolfish of all the hard, cool, callous dispositions of selfishness, has its own peculiar caprices and crotchets. The ingenuities of its meanness defy all the calculations of reason, and reach the miraculous in subtlety. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: The familiar writer is apt to be his own satirist. Out of his own mouth The familiar writer is apt to be his own satirist. Out of his own mouth is he judged. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Nothing is rarer than the use of a word in its exact meaning. Nothing is rarer than the use of a word in its exact meaning. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: A thought embodied and embrained in fit words walks the earth a living being. A thought embodied and embrained in fit words walks the earth a living being. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: Character is the spiritual body of the person, and represents the individualization of vital experience, Character is the spiritual body of the person, and represents the individualization of vital experience, the conversion of unconscious things into self-conscious men. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: There is a natural disposition with us to judge an author's personal character by the There is a natural disposition with us to judge an author's personal character by the character of his works. We find it difficult to understand the common antithesis of a good writer and a bad man. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: The bitterest satires and noblest eulogies on married life have come from poets. The bitterest satires and noblest eulogies on married life have come from poets. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: No language can fitly express the meanness, the baseness, the brutality, with which the world No language can fitly express the meanness, the baseness, the brutality, with which the world has ever treated its victims of one age and boasts of the next. Dante is worshipped at that grave to which he was hurried by persecution. Milton, in his own day, was "Mr. Milton, the blind adder, that spit his venom on the king's person"; and soon after, "the mighty orb of song." These absurd transitions from hatred to apotheosis, this recognition just at the moment when it becomes a mockery, saddens all intellectual history. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: God, in His wrath, has not left this world to the mercy of the subtlest God, in His wrath, has not left this world to the mercy of the subtlest dialectician; and all arguments are happily transitory in their effect when they contradict the primal intuitions of conscience and the inborn sentiments of the heart. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: The strife of politics tends to unsettle the calmest understanding, and ulcerate the most benevolent The strife of politics tends to unsettle the calmest understanding, and ulcerate the most benevolent heart. There are no bigotries or absurdities too gross for parties to create or adopt under the stimulus of political passions. — Edwin Percy Whipple
Edwin Whipple Sayings By Edwin Percy Whipple: The very large, very respectable, and very knowing class of misanthropes who rejoice in the The very large, very respectable, and very knowing class of misanthropes who rejoice in the name of grumblers,
persons who are so sure that the world is going to ruin, that they resent every attempt to comfort them as an insult to their sagacity, and accordingly seek their chief consolation in being inconsolable, their chief pleasure in being displeased. — Edwin Percy Whipple