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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
Henry Giles
  A song will outlive all sermons in the memory.  1
  Despair—the last dignity of the wretched.  2
  Every Calvary has its Olivet.  3
  Friendship, like love, is self-forgetful.  4
  Great names stand not alone for great deeds; they stand also for great virtues, and, doing them worship, we elevate ourselves.  5
  Great patriots must be men of great excellence; this alone can secure to them lasting admiration.  6
  Humour is of a genial quality and is closely allied to pity.  7
  If the poor man cannot always get meat, the rich man cannot always digest it.  8
  It is by faith that poetry as well as devotion soars above this dull earth.  9
  Laughter is akin to weeping, and true humour is as closely allied to pity as it is abhorrent to derision.  10
  Literature, as a field for glory, is an arena where a tomb may be more easily found than laurels; as a means of support, it is the very chance of chances.  11
  Man creeps into childhood, bounds into youth, sobers into manhood, and softens into age.  12
  Man is greater than a world, than systems of worlds; there is more mystery in the union of soul with the physical than in the creation of a universe.  13
  Music, in the works of its greatest masters, is more marvellous, more mysterious, than poetry.  14
  No principle is more noble, as there is none more holy, than that of a true obedience.  15
  Shakespeare, the sage and seer of the human heart.  16
  The highest liberty is in harmony with the eternal laws.  17
  The loftiest of our race are those who have had the profoundest grief, because they have had the profoundest sympathies.  18
  True humour is as closely allied to pity as it is abhorrent to derision.  19

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