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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: “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: “Pretension is nothing; power is everything.”

Pretension is nothing; power is everything.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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 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: “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


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