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S. Austin Allibone, comp.  Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay.  1880.
  The excellence and force of a composition must always be imperfectly estimated from its effect on the minds of any, except we know the temper and character of those minds. The most powerful effects of poetry and music have been displayed, and perhaps still are displayed, where these arts are but in a very low and imperfect state. The rude hearer is affected by the principles which operate in these arts even in the rudest condition; and he is not skilful enough to perceive the defects. But as the arts advance towards their perfection, the science of criticism advances with equal pace, and the pleasure of judges is frequently interrupted by the faults which are discovered in the most finished compositions.
Edmund Burke: On the Sublime and Beautiful: Introduction, On Taste, 1756.    
  They who always labour can have no true judgment. You never give yourselves time to cool. You can never survey, from its proper point of sight, the work you have finished, before you decree its final execution. You can never plan the future by the past.
Edmund Burke: Letter to a Member of the Nat. Assembly, Jan. 19, 1791.    
  Judgment falls asleep upon the bench, while Imagination, like a smug, pert counsellor, stands chattering at the bar.
William Cowper.    
  You think it is a want of judgment that he changes his opinion. Do you think it a proof that your scales are bad because they vibrate with every additional weight that is added to either side?
Richard L. Edgeworth.    
  In eloquence, and even in poetry, which seems so much the lawful province of imagination, should imagination be ever so warm and redundant, yet unless a sound discriminating judgment likewise appear, it is not true poetry; no more than it would be painting if a man took the colours and brush of a painter and stained the paper or canvas with mere patches of colour. I can thus exhibit colours as well as he, but I cannot produce his forms, to which his colours are quite secondary.
John Foster: Journal.    
  Judgment without vivacity of imagination is too heavy, and like a dress without fancy; and the last without the first is too gay, and but all trimming.
Sir Samuel Garth.    
  Affection blinds the judgment, and we cannot expect an equitable award where the judge is made a party.
Joseph Glanvill.    
  The judgment being the leading power, if it be stored with lubricous opinions instead of clearly conceived truths, and peremptorily resolved in them, the practice will be as irregular as the conceptions.
Joseph Glanvill.    
  A judgment is the mental act by which one thing is affirmed or denied of another.
Sir William Hamilton.    
  If there might be added true art and learning, there would be as much difference in maturity of judgment between men therewith inured, and that which now men are, as between men that are now and innocents.
Richard Hooker.    
  With gross and popular capacities nothing doth more prevail than unlimited generalities, because of their plainness at the first sight; nothing less, with men of exact judgment, because such rules are not safe to be trusted over far.
Richard Hooker.    
  The faculty which God has given man to supply the want of certain knowledge is judgment, whereby the mind takes any proposition to be true or false without perceiving a demonstrative evidence in the proofs.
John Locke.    
  Judging is balancing an account and determining on which side the odds lie.
John Locke.    
  Every man is put under a necessity, by his constitution, as an intelligent being, to be determined by his own judgment what is best for him to do; else he would be under the determination of some other than himself, which is want of liberty.
John Locke.    
  He that judges, without informing himself to the utmost that he is capable, cannot acquit himself of judging amiss.
John Locke.    
  A perfect indifferency in the mind, not determinable by its last judgment, would be as great an imperfection as the want of indifferency to act, or not to act, till determined by the will.
John Locke.    
  Where the mind does not perceive connection, there men’s opinions are not the product of judgment, but the effects of chance and hazard, of a mind floating at all adventures, without choice and without direction.
John Locke.    
  That our understandings may be free to examine, and reason unbiassed give its judgment, being that whereon a right direction of our conduct to true happiness depends: it is in this we should employ our chief care.
John Locke.    
  The wrong judgment that misleads us, and makes the will often fasten on the worst side, lies in misreporting upon the various comparisons of these.
John Locke.    
  That mistake which is the consequence of invincible error scarce deserves the name of wrong judgment.
John Locke.    
  A judgment is a combination of two concepts related to one or more common objects of visible intuition.
Henry L. Mansell.    
  Whoever shall call to memory how many and how many times he has been mistaken in his own judgment, is he not a great fool if he does not ever after suspect it? When I find myself convinc’d by the reason of another of a false opinion, I do not so much learn what he has said to me that is new, and my own particular ignorance, that would be no great purchase, as I do in general my own debility, and the treachery of my understanding, from whence I extract the reformation of the whole mass. In all my other errors I do the same, and find from this rule great utility to life. I regard not the species and individual, as a stone that I have stumbled at; I learn to suspect my steps throughout, and am careful to place them right. To learn that a man has said or done a foolish thing, is a thing of nothing. A man must learn that he is nothing but fool;—a much more ample and important instruction.
Michel de Montaigne: Essays, Cotton’s 3d ed., ch. cvii.    
  I love to feel myself of an express and settled judgment and affection in things of the greatest moment.
Sir Thomas More.    
  One of the most important distinctions of our judgments is, that some of them are intuitive, others grounded on argument.
Thomas Reid.    
  The commandments of God being conformable to the dictates of right reason, man’s judgment condemns him when he violates any of them, and so the sinner becomes his own tormentor.
Robert South.    
  It may deserve our best skill to inquire into those rules by which we may guide our judgment.
Robert South.    
  It behoves us always to bear in mind, that while actions are always to be judged by the immutable standard of right and wrong, the judgments which we pass upon men must be qualified by considerations of age, country, station, and other accidental circumstances; and it will then be found that he who is most charitable in his judgment is generally the least unjust.
Robert Southey.    
  There are various degrees of strength in judgments, from the lowest surmise, to notion, opinion, persuasion, and the highest assurance, which we call certainty.
Abraham Tucker.    
  There are a multitude of human actions which have so many complicated circumstances, aspects, and situations, with regard to time and place, persons and things, that it is impossible for any one to pass a right judgment concerning them without entering into most of these circumstances.
Dr. Isaac Watts.    
  A desire leaning to either side biasses the judgment strangely: by indifference for everything but truth you will be excited to examine.
Dr. Isaac Watts.    
  Judgment is that whereby we join ideas together by affirmation or negation.
Dr. Isaac Watts.    
  From the nature of things, I am morally certain that a mind free from passion and prejudice is more fit to pass a true judgment than one biassed by affection and interest.
Bishop John Wilkins.    

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