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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
  An epigram often flashes light into regions where reason shines but dimly.  1
  Character is the spiritual body of the person, and represents the individualisation of vital experience, the conversion of unconscious things into self-conscious men.  2
  Comfort is the god of this world, but comfort it will never obtain by making it an object.  3
  Dignity is often a veil between us and the real truth of things.  4
  Even in social life, it is persistency which attracts confidence, more than talents and accomplishments.  5
  Every style formed elaborately on any model must be affected and strait-laced.  6
  Everybody knows that fanaticism is religion caricatured; yet with many, contempt of fanaticism is received as a sure sign of hostility to religion.  7
  Felicity, not fluency, of language is a merit.  8
  Genius is not a single power, but a combination of great powers. It reasons, but it is not reasoning; it judges, but it is not judgment; imagines, but it is not imagination; it feels deeply and fiercely, but it is not passion. It is neither, because it is all.  9
  Great writers and orators are commonly economists in the use of words.  10
  Humour, warm and all-embracing as the sunshine, bathes its objects in a genial and abiding light.  11
  Irony is an insult conveyed in the form of a compliment.  12
  It is exceedingly difficult for a man to be as narrow as he could have been had he lived a century ago.  13
  Labour, like everything else that is good, is its own reward.  14
  Nothing is rarer than the use of a word in its exact meaning.  15
  Of the three requisitions of genius, the first is soul; the second, soul; and the third, soul.  16
  Sight must be reinforced by insight before souls can be discerned as well as manners, ideas as well as objects, realities and relations as well as appearances and accidental connections.  17
  Sin every day takes out a patent for some new invention.  18
  Talent is a cistern; genius, a fountain.  19
  The wise men of old have sent most of their morality down the stream of time in the light skiff of apothegm or epigram.  20
  Their chief pleasure is being displeased.  21
  What does competency in the long-run mean? It means, to all reasonable beings, cleanliness of person, decency of dress, courtesy of manners, opportunities for education, the delights of leisure, and the bliss of giving.  22
  Whenever you find humour, you find pathos close by its side.  23
  Wisdom, which represents the marriage of truth and virtue, is by no means synonymous with gravity. She is L’Allegro as well as Il Penseroso, and jests as well as preaches.  24
  Wit marries ideas lying wide apart, by a sudden jerk of the understanding.  25
  Wit, bright, rapid, and blasting as the lightning, flashes, strikes, and vanishes in an instant; humour, warm and all-embracing as the sunshine, bathes its object in a genial and abiding light.  26
  Words which flow fresh and warm from a full heart, and which are instinct with the life and breath of human feeling, pass into household memories, and partake of the immortality of the affections from which they spring.  27

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