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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
W. R. Alger
  A learned man is a tank; a wise man is a spring.  1
  Aphorisms are portable wisdom.  2
  Common-sense is the average sensibility and intelligence of men undisturbed by individual peculiarities.  3
  Fate is the friend of the good, the guide of the wise, the tyrant of the foolish, the enemy of the bad.  4
  God hands gifts to some, whispers them to others.  5
  He who has no wish to be happier is the happiest of men.  6
  He who is the master of all opinions never can be the bigot of any.  7
  Heart’s-ease is a flower which blooms from the grave of desire.  8
  Laws are the silent assessors of God.  9
  Love makes obedience lighter than liberty.  10
  Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond-fields of the mind.  11
  Public opinion is a second conscience.  12
  The God of merely traditional believers is the great Absentee of the universe.  13
  The heart must glow before the tongue can gild.  14
  The human heart has a sigh lonelier than the cry of the bittern.  15
  The line of life is a ragged diagonal between duty and desire.  16
  The lower a man descends in his love, the higher he lifts his life.  17
  True statesmanship is the art of changing a nation from what it is into what it ought to be.  18
  We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.  19
  What is the highest secret of victory and peace? To will what God wills, and strike a league with destiny.  20
  When man seized the loadstone of science, the loadstar of superstition vanished in the clouds.  21
  Words of love are works of love.  22

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