S. Austin Allibone, comp. Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay. 1880.
Sir William Jones
I have carefully and regularly perused these Holy Scriptures, and am of opinion that the volume, independently of its divine origin, contains more true sublimity, more exquisite beauty, purer morality, more important history, and finer strains of poetry and eloquence, than could be collected within the same compass from all other books, in whatever age or language they may have been written.
If I am asked, Who is the greatest man? I answer, The best; and if I am required to say, Who is the best? I reply, He that has deserved most of his fellow-creatures. Whether we deserve better of mankind by the cultivation of letters, by obscure and inglorious attainments, by intellectual pursuits calculated rather to amuse than inform, than by strenuous exertions in speaking and acting, let those consider who busy themselves in studies unproductive of any benefit to their country or fellow-citizens, I think not.
The principal operations of nature are not the absolute annihilation and new creation of what we call material substances, but the temporary extinction and reproductionor rather, in one word, the transmutationof forms.