Edwin Percy Whipple Quotes

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


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.”

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

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.”

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

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

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

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.”

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

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.”


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.”

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

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.”

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.”

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

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.”

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

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

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

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

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