Augustus William Hare Quotes.
Some minds are made of blotting-paper: you can write nothing on them distinctly. They swallow the ink, and you find a large spot.
Light, when suddenly let in, dazzles and hurts and almost blinds us: but this soon passes away, and it seems to become the only element we can exist in.
If you wish a general to be beaten, send him a ream full of instructions; if you wish him to succeed, give him a destination, and bid him conquer.
In the moment of our creation we receive the stamp of our individuality; and much of life is spent in rubbing off or defacing the impression.
Practical life teaches us that people may differ and that both may be wrong: it also teaches us that people may differ and both be right. Anchor yourself fast in the latter faith, or the former will sweep your heart away.
Life is the hyphen between matter and spirit.
People cannot go wrong, if you don’t let them. They cannot go right, unless you let them.
How few are our real wants! and how easy is it to satisfy them! Our imaginary ones are boundless and insatiable.
The praises of others may be of use in teaching us, not what we are, but what we ought to be.
Curiosity is little more than another name for Hope.
The feeling is often the deeper truth, the opinion the more superficial one.
True modesty does not consist in an ignorance of our merits, but in a due estimate of them.
We like slipping, but not falling; our real anxiety is to be tempted enough.
The cross was two pieces of dead wood; and a helpless, unresisting Man was nailed to it; yet it was mightier than the world, and triumphed, and will ever triumph over it.
Seeking is not always the way to find.
There is a glare about worldly success which is very apt to dazzle men’s eyes.
A youth’s love is the more passionate; virgin love is the more idolatrous.