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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Samuel Smiles. (1816–1904) (continued)
 
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      We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
          Self-Help.
 
Philip James Bailey. (1816–1905)
 
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    Evil and good are God’s right hand and left.
          Festus. Proem.
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    Art is man’s nature; nature is God’s art.
          Festus. Proem.
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    Let each man think himself an act of God,
His mind a thought, his life a breath of God;
And let each try, by great thoughts and good deeds,
To show the most of Heaven he hath in him.
          Festus. Proem.
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    Men might be better if we better deemed
Of them. The worst way to improve the world
Is to condemn it.
          Festus. Scene iv. A Mountain. Sunrise. 1 
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    We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths;
In feelings, not in figures on a dial.
We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives
Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.
Life’s but a means unto an end; that end
Beginning, mean, and end to all things,—God.
          Festus. Scene v. A Country Town.
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    Who never doubted never half believed 2 
Where doubt there truth is—’t is her shadow.
          Festus. Scene v. A Country Town.
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    America thou half-brother of the world!
With something good and bad of every land.
          Festus. Scene x. Earth’s Surface.
 
Note 1.
J. R. Lowell: Biglow Papers, II, ii. St. 9.
The surest plan to make a man
Is to think him so. [back]
Note 2.
Tennyson: There lives more faith in honest doubt
Believe me, than in half the creeds. [back]
 

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