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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
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  Argument is not always truth.  1
  Bravery is often too sharp a spur.  2
  Ethics may be defined as the obligations of morality.  3
  Expediency is the science of exigencies.  4
  Fear must rule in a despotism.  5
  Gentlemen, do you know what is the finest speech that I ever in my life heard or read? It is the address of Garibaldi to his Roman soldiers, when he told them: “Soldiers, what I have to offer you is fatigue, danger, struggle and death; the chill of the cold night in the free air, and heat under the burning sun; no lodgings, no munitions, no provisions, but forced marches, dangerous watchposts and the continual struggle with the bayonet against batteries; those who love freedom and their country may follow me.” That is the most glorious speech I ever heard in my life.  6
  History is the revelation of Providence.  7
  Humility is the part of wisdom, and is most becoming in men. But let no one discourage self-reliance; it is, of all the rest, the greatest quality of true manliness.  8
  I am a man of peace. God knows how I love peace; but I hope I shall never be such a coward as to mistake oppression for peace.  9
  I consider that it is on instruction and education that the future security and direction of the destiny of every nation chiefly and fundamentally rests.  10
  I know that there is one God in heaven, the Father of all humanity, and heaven is therefore one. I know that there is one sun in the sky, which gives light to all the world. As there is unity in God, and unity in the light, so is there unity in the principles of freedom. Wherever it is broken, wherever a shadow is cast upon the sunny rays of the sun of liberty, there is always danger of free principles everywhere in the world.  11
  It is the surmounting of difficulties that makes heroes.  12
  It is well to be independent, also well not to be neutral.  13
  Justice is immortal, eternal, and immutable, like God Himself; and the development of law is only then a progress when it is directed towards those principles which like Him, are eternal; and whenever prejudice or error succeeds in establishing in customary law any doctrine contrary to eternal justice.  14
  Let him who looks for a monument to Washington look around the United States. Your freedom, your independence, your national power, your prosperity, and your prodigious growth are a monument to him.  15
  Light has spread, and even bayonets think.  16
  My principles in respect of religious interest are two,—one is, that the Church shall not meddle with politics, and the government shall not meddle with religion.  17
  Nationality is the aggregated individuality of the greatest men of the nation.  18
  Neutrality, as a lasting principle, is an evidence of weakness.  19
  No man can force the harp of his own individuality into the people’s heart; but every man may play upon the chords of the people’s heart, who draws his inspiration from the people’s instinct.  20
 
 
  Old age likes to dwell in the recollections of the past, and, mistaking the speedy march of years, often is inclined to take the prudence of the winter time far a fit wisdom of midsummer days. Manhood is bent to the passing cares of the passing moment, and holds so closely to his eyes the sheet of “to-day,” that it screens the “to-morrow” from his sight.  21
  The brave are parsimonious of threats.  22
  The cause of freedom is identified with the destinies of humanity, and in whatever part of the world it gains ground by and by, it will be a common gain to all those who desire it.  23
  The era of Christianity—peace, brotherhood, the Golden Rule as applied to governmental matters—is yet to come, and when it comes, then, and then only, will the future of nations be sure.  24
  The judgment of a great people is often wiser than the wisest men.  25
  The power that is supported by force alone will have cause often to tremble.  26
  The protection of God cannot, without sacrilege, be invoked but in behalf of justice and right.  27
  The tongue of man is powerful enough to render the ideas which the human intellect conceives; but in the realm of true and deep sentiments it is but a weak interpreter. These are inexpressible, like the endless glory of the Omnipotent.  28
  The unspoken word never does harm.  29
  There is a sort of natural instinct of human dignity in the heart of man which steels his very nerves not to bend beneath the heavy blows of a great adversity. The palm-tree grows best beneath a ponderous weight, even so the character of man. There is no merit in it, it is a law of psychology. The petty pangs of small daily cares have often bent the character of men, but great misfortunes seldom. There is less danger in this than in great good luck.  30
  To know a people’s character, we must see it at its homes, and look chiefly to the humbler abodes where that portion of the people dwells which makes the broad basis of the national prosperity.  31
 
 
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