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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
Moses Harvey
  Genuine and innocent wit is surely the very flavor of the mind.  1
  Genuine wit implies no small amount of wisdom and culture.  2
  Great men are not the mere products of the times in which they live, the epitome of their age, the creations of those formative currents of thought that are traversing the masses. Great men are the gifts of kind heaven to our poor world; instruments by which the Highest One works out His designs; light-radiators to give guidance and blessing to the travellers of time. Though far above us, they are felt to be our brothers; and their elevation shows us what vast possibilities are wrapped up in our common humanity. They beckon us up the gleaming heights to whose summits they have climbed. Their deeds are the woof of this world’s history.  3
  Heaven alone, not earth, is destined to witness the repose of faith.  4
  In solitude all great thoughts are born.  5
  Life is the offspring of death.  6
  Science is teaching man to know and reverence truth, and to believe that only as far as he knows and loves it can he live worthily on earth, and vindicate the dignity of his spirit.  7
  The freemasonry of genius.  8
  The gifts of genius are far greater than the givers themselves venture to suppose.  9
  The human intellect is the great truth-organ; realities, as they exist, are the subjects of its study; and knowledge is the result of its acquaintance with the things which it investigates.  10
  We hail science as man’s truest friend and noblest helper.  11

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