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Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “Irony is an insult conveyed in the form of a compliment.”

Irony is an insult conveyed in the form of a compliment.

— Edwin Percy Whipple



Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “Pretension is nothing; power is everything.”

Pretension is nothing; power is everything.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “Talent is full of thoughts, Genius is thought. Talent is a cistern, Genius a fountain.”

Talent is full of thoughts, Genius is thought. Talent is a cistern, Genius a fountain.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “The contemplation of beauty in nature, in art, in literature, in human character, diffuses through our being a soothing and subtle joy, by which the heart’s anxious and aching cares are softly smiled away.”

The contemplation of beauty in nature, in art, in literature, in human character, diffuses through our being a soothing and subtle joy, by which the heart’s anxious and aching cares are softly smiled away.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “Grit is the grain of character. It may generally be described as heroism materialized, – spirit and will thrust into heart, brain, and backbone, so as to form part of the physical substance of the man.”

Grit is the grain of character. It may generally be described as heroism materialized, – spirit and will thrust into heart, brain, and backbone, so as to form part of the physical substance of the man.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “Knowledge, like religion, must be experienced in order to be known.”

Knowledge, like religion, must be experienced in order to be known.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “The strife of politics tends to unsettle the calmest understanding, and ulcerate the most benevolent heart. There are no bigotries or absurdities too gross for parties to create or adopt under the stimulus of political passions.”

The strife of politics tends to unsettle the calmest understanding, and ulcerate the most benevolent heart. There are no bigotries or absurdities too gross for parties to create or adopt under the stimulus of political passions.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “The saddest failures in life are those that come from not putting forth the power and will to succeed.”

The saddest failures in life are those that come from not putting forth the power and will to succeed.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “Character is the spiritual body of the person, and represents the individualization of vital experience, the conversion of unconscious things into self-conscious men.”

Character is the spiritual body of the person, and represents the individualization of vital experience, the conversion of unconscious things into self-conscious men.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “Cheerfulness in most cheerful people is the rich and satisfying result of strenuous discipline.”

Cheerfulness in most cheerful people is the rich and satisfying result of strenuous discipline.

— Edwin Percy Whipple



Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.”

Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “Nature does not capriciously scatter her secrets as golden gifts to lazy pets and luxurious darlings, but imposes tasks when she presents opportunities, and uplifts him whom she would inform. The apple that she drops at the feet of Newton is but a coy invitation to follow her to the stars.”

Nature does not capriciously scatter her secrets as golden gifts to lazy pets and luxurious darlings, but imposes tasks when she presents opportunities, and uplifts him whom she would inform. The apple that she drops at the feet of Newton is but a coy invitation to follow her to the stars.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “What does competency in the long run mean? It means to all reasonable beings, cleanliness of person, decency of dress, courtesy of manners, opportunities for education, the delights of leisure, and the bliss of giving.”

What does competency in the long run mean? It means to all reasonable beings, cleanliness of person, decency of dress, courtesy of manners, opportunities for education, the delights of leisure, and the bliss of giving.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “Nothing is rarer than the use of a word in its exact meaning.”

Nothing is rarer than the use of a word in its exact meaning.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “Dignity is often a veil between us and the real truth of things.”

Dignity is often a veil between us and the real truth of things.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “In activity we must find our joy as well as glory; and labor, like everything else that is good, is its own reward.”

In activity we must find our joy as well as glory; and labor, like everything else that is good, is its own reward.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “God is glorified, not by our groans, but our thanksgivings; and all good thought and good action claim a natural alliance with good cheer.”

God is glorified, not by our groans, but our thanksgivings; and all good thought and good action claim a natural alliance with good cheer.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “No education deserves the name unless it develops thought, unless it pierces down to the mysterious spiritual principle of mind, and starts that into activity and growth.”

No education deserves the name unless it develops thought, unless it pierces down to the mysterious spiritual principle of mind, and starts that into activity and growth.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “The eye observes only what the mind, the heart, and the imagination are gifted to see; and sight must be reinforced by insight before souls can be discerned as well as manners, ideas as well as objects, realities and relations as well as appearances and accidental connections.”

The eye observes only what the mind, the heart, and the imagination are gifted to see; and sight must be reinforced by insight before souls can be discerned as well as manners, ideas as well as objects, realities and relations as well as appearances and accidental connections.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “Humor, warm and all-embracing as the sunshine, bathes its objects in a genial and abiding light.”

Humor, warm and all-embracing as the sunshine, bathes its objects in a genial and abiding light.

— Edwin Percy Whipple



Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “Everybody knows that fanaticism is religion caricatured; bears, indeed, about the same relation to it that a monkey bears to a man; yet, with many, contempt of fanaticism is received as a sure sign of hostility to religion.”

Everybody knows that fanaticism is religion caricatured; bears, indeed, about the same relation to it that a monkey bears to a man; yet, with many, contempt of fanaticism is received as a sure sign of hostility to religion.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “Sin, every day, takes out a patent for some new invention.”

Sin, every day, takes out a patent for some new invention.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “God, in His wrath, has not left this world to the mercy of the subtlest dialectician; and all arguments are happily transitory in their effect when they contradict the primal intuitions of conscience and the inborn sentiments of the heart.”

God, in His wrath, has not left this world to the mercy of the subtlest dialectician; and all arguments are happily transitory in their effect when they contradict the primal intuitions of conscience and the inborn sentiments of the heart.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “The wise men of old have sent most of their morality down the stream of time in the light skiff of apothegm or epigram; and the proverbs of nations, which embody the commonsense of nations, have the brisk concussion of the most sparkling wit.”

The wise men of old have sent most of their morality down the stream of time in the light skiff of apothegm or epigram; and the proverbs of nations, which embody the commonsense of nations, have the brisk concussion of the most sparkling wit.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “The inborn geniality of some people amounts to genius.”

The inborn geniality of some people amounts to genius.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “The greatness of action includes immoral as well as moral greatness – Cortes and Napoleon, as well as Luther and Washington.”

The greatness of action includes immoral as well as moral greatness – Cortes and Napoleon, as well as Luther and Washington.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “We all originally came from the woods! it is hard to eradicate from any of us the old taste for the tattoo and the war-paint; and the moment that money gets into our pockets, it somehow or another breaks out in ornaments on our person, without always giving refinement to our manners.”

We all originally came from the woods! it is hard to eradicate from any of us the old taste for the tattoo and the war-paint; and the moment that money gets into our pockets, it somehow or another breaks out in ornaments on our person, without always giving refinement to our manners.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “Nature and society are so replete with startling contrasts that wit often consists in the mere statement and comparison of facts, as when Hume says that the ancient Muscovites wedded their wives with a whip instead of a ring.”

Nature and society are so replete with startling contrasts that wit often consists in the mere statement and comparison of facts, as when Hume says that the ancient Muscovites wedded their wives with a whip instead of a ring.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “The essence of the ludicrous consists in surprise, – in unexpected terms of feeling and explosions of thought, – often bringing dissimilar things together with a shock; as when some wit called Boyle, the celebrated philosopher, the father of chemistry and brother of the Earl of Cork.”

The essence of the ludicrous consists in surprise, – in unexpected terms of feeling and explosions of thought, – often bringing dissimilar things together with a shock; as when some wit called Boyle, the celebrated philosopher, the father of chemistry and brother of the Earl of Cork.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “Of the three prerequisites of genius; the first is soul; the second is soul; and the third is soul.”

Of the three prerequisites of genius; the first is soul; the second is soul; and the third is soul.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “There is a natural disposition with us to judge an author’s personal character by the character of his works. We find it difficult to understand the common antithesis of a good writer and a bad man.”

There is a natural disposition with us to judge an author’s personal character by the character of his works. We find it difficult to understand the common antithesis of a good writer and a bad man.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “A politician weakly and amiably in the right, is no match for a politician tenaciously and pugnaciously in the wrong.”

A politician weakly and amiably in the right, is no match for a politician tenaciously and pugnaciously in the wrong.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “Lord Chatham and Napoleon were ns much actors as Garrick or Talma. Now, an imposing air should always be taken as evidence of imposition. Dignity is often a veil between us and the real truth of things.”

Lord Chatham and Napoleon were ns much actors as Garrick or Talma. Now, an imposing air should always be taken as evidence of imposition. Dignity is often a veil between us and the real truth of things.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “A man of letters is often a man with two natures, – one a book nature, the other a human nature. These often clash sadly.”

A man of letters is often a man with two natures, – one a book nature, the other a human nature. These often clash sadly.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “As men neither fear nor respect what has been made contemptible, all honor to him who makes oppression laughable as well as detestable. Armies cannot protect it then; and walls which have remained impenetrable to cannon have fallen before a roar of laughter or a hiss of contempt.”

As men neither fear nor respect what has been made contemptible, all honor to him who makes oppression laughable as well as detestable. Armies cannot protect it then; and walls which have remained impenetrable to cannon have fallen before a roar of laughter or a hiss of contempt.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “Whenever you find humour, you find pathos close by its side.”

Whenever you find humour, you find pathos close by its side.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “Felicity, not fluency of language, is a merit.”

Felicity, not fluency of language, is a merit.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “Wit is an unexpected explosion of thought.”

Wit is an unexpected explosion of thought.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “There is a serious and resolute egotism that makes a man interesting to his friends and formidable to his opponents.”

There is a serious and resolute egotism that makes a man interesting to his friends and formidable to his opponents.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “God is glorified, not by our groans, but by our thanksgivings.”

God is glorified, not by our groans, but by our thanksgivings.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “Nothing really succeeds which is not based on reality; sham, in a large sense, is never successful. In the life of the individual, as in the more comprehensive life of the State, pretension is nothing and power is everything.”

Nothing really succeeds which is not based on reality; sham, in a large sense, is never successful. In the life of the individual, as in the more comprehensive life of the State, pretension is nothing and power is everything.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “A true teacher should penetrate to whatever is vital in his pupil, and develop that by the light and heat of his own intelligence.”

A true teacher should penetrate to whatever is vital in his pupil, and develop that by the light and heat of his own intelligence.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “From Lucifer to Jerry Sneak there is not an aspect of evil, imperfection, and littleness which can elude the lights of humor or the lightning of wit.”

From Lucifer to Jerry Sneak there is not an aspect of evil, imperfection, and littleness which can elude the lights of humor or the lightning of wit.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “The minister’s brain is often the “poor-box” of the church.”

The minister’s brain is often the “poor-box” of the church.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “Even in social life, it is persistency which attracts confidence, more than talents and accomplishments.”

Even in social life, it is persistency which attracts confidence, more than talents and accomplishments.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “A nation may be in a tumult to-day for a thought which the timid Erasmus placidly penned in his study more than two centuries ago.”

A nation may be in a tumult to-day for a thought which the timid Erasmus placidly penned in his study more than two centuries ago.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “Talent jogs to conclusions to which Genius takes giant leaps.”

Talent jogs to conclusions to which Genius takes giant leaps.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “Sydney Smith playfully says that common sense was invented by Socrates, that philosopher having been one of its most conspicuous exemplars in conducting the contest of practical sagacity against stupid prejudice and illusory beliefs.”

Sydney Smith playfully says that common sense was invented by Socrates, that philosopher having been one of its most conspicuous exemplars in conducting the contest of practical sagacity against stupid prejudice and illusory beliefs.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “Genius is not a single power, but a combination of great powers. It reasons, but it is not reasoning; it judges, but it is not judgment; imagines, but it is not imagination; it feels deeply and fiercely, but it is not passion. It is neither, because it is all.”

Genius is not a single power, but a combination of great powers. It reasons, but it is not reasoning; it judges, but it is not judgment; imagines, but it is not imagination; it feels deeply and fiercely, but it is not passion. It is neither, because it is all.

— Edwin Percy Whipple


Edwin Percy Whipple Quote: “A writer who attempts to live on the manufacture of his imagination is continually coquetting with starvation.”

A writer who attempts to live on the manufacture of his imagination is continually coquetting with starvation.

— Edwin Percy Whipple

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