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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
George William Curtis
 
  Age  *  *  *  is is a matter of feeling, not of years.  1
  Criticism is not construction, it is observation.  2
  Good taste consists first upon fitness.  3
  Happiness lies, first of all, in health.  4
  If we were to fancy a wholly Christianized world, it would be a world inspired by the spirit of Christmas—a bright, friendly, beneficent, generous, sympathetic, mutually helpful world. A man who is habitually mean, selfish, narrow, is a man without Christmas in his soul. Let us cling to Christmas all the more as a day of the spirit which in every age some souls have believed to be the possible spirit of human society. The earnest faith and untiring endeavor which see in Christmas a forecast are more truly Christian, surely, than the pleasant cynicism of Atheists, etc., which smiles upon it as the festival of a futile hope. Meanwhile we may reflect that from good natured hopelessness to a Christmas world may not be farther than from star dust to a solar system.  5
  In the journey of the year, the autumn is Venice, spring is Naples, certainly, and the majestic maturity of summer is Rome.  6
  Our great social and political advantage is opportunity.  7
  Patriotism is the vital condition of national permanence.  8
  Progress begins with the minority. It is completed by persuading the majority, by showing the reason and the advantage of the step forward, and that is accomplished by appealing to the intelligence of the majority.  9
  The world is not made for the prosperous alone, nor for the strong.  10
  Through all history, from the beginning, a noble army of martyrs have fought fiercely and fallen bravely for that unseen mistress, their country. So, through all history, to the end, as long as men believe in God, that army must still march and fall, recruited only from the flower of mankind, cheered only by their own hope of humanity, strong only in the confidence of their cause.  11
  True invective requires great imagination.  12
  Virtue does not truly reward her votary if she leaves him sad and half doubtful whether it would not have been better to serve vice.  13
 
 
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