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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
  Beauty is never a delusion.  1
  Echo is the voice of a reflection in a mirror.  2
  Generosity is the flower of justice.  3
  Genius melts many ages into one…. A work of genius is but the newspaper of a century, or perchance of a hundred centuries.  4
  Great men need to be lifted upon the shoulders of the whole world, in order to conceive their great ideas or perform their great deeds; that is, there must be an atmosphere of greatness round about them. A hero cannot be a hero unless in a heroic world.  5
  Keep the imagination sane; that is one of the truest conditions of communion with heaven.  6
  Mankind are earthen jugs with spirits in them.  7
  Moonlight is sculpture.  8
  No fountain so small but that heaven may be imaged in its bosom.  9
  No man who needs a monument ever ought to have one.  10
  Nobody will use other people’s experience, nor has any of his own till it is too late to use it.  11
  Punishment of a miser—to pay the drafts of his heir in his tomb.  12
  Salt is white and pure; there is something holy in salt.  13
  Sunlight is painting.  14
  The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease.  15
  There is evil in every human heart, which may remain latent, perhaps through the whole of life; but circumstances may rouse it to activity.  16
  There is something more awful in happiness than in sorrow.  17
  What is the voice of song, when the world lacks the ear of taste?  18
  When man arrives at his highest perfection, he will (as at the creation) be again dumb.  19

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