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James Anthony Froude Quote: “Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.”

Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.

— James Anthony Froude



James Anthony Froude Quote: “We enter the world alone, we leave the world alone.”

We enter the world alone, we leave the world alone.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “Mistakes are often the best teachers.”

Mistakes are often the best teachers.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “Experience teaches slowly, and at the cost of mistakes.”

Experience teaches slowly, and at the cost of mistakes.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “If you think you can temper yourself into manliness by sitting here over your books, it is the very silliest fancy that ever tempted a young man to his ruin. You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.”

If you think you can temper yourself into manliness by sitting here over your books, it is the very silliest fancy that ever tempted a young man to his ruin. You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “We call heaven our home, as the best name we know to give it.”

We call heaven our home, as the best name we know to give it.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “Just laws are no restraint upon the freedom of the good, for the good man desires nothing which a just law will interfere with.”

Just laws are no restraint upon the freedom of the good, for the good man desires nothing which a just law will interfere with.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “We read the past by the light of the present, and the forms vary as the shadows fall, or as the point of vision alters.”

We read the past by the light of the present, and the forms vary as the shadows fall, or as the point of vision alters.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “There are epidemics of nobleness as well as epidemics of disease.”

There are epidemics of nobleness as well as epidemics of disease.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “Sacrifice is the first element of religion, and resolves itself in theological language into the love of God.”

Sacrifice is the first element of religion, and resolves itself in theological language into the love of God.

— James Anthony Froude



James Anthony Froude Quote: “I believe in God, not because the Bible tells me that he is, but because my heart tells me so; and the same heart tells me we can only have His peace with us if we love Him and obey Him, and that we can only he happy when we each love our neighbour better than ourselves.”

I believe in God, not because the Bible tells me that he is, but because my heart tells me so; and the same heart tells me we can only have His peace with us if we love Him and obey Him, and that we can only he happy when we each love our neighbour better than ourselves.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “The solitary side of our nature demands leisure for reflection upon subjects on which the dash and whirl of daily business, so long as its clouds rise thick about us, forbid the intellect to fasten itself.”

The solitary side of our nature demands leisure for reflection upon subjects on which the dash and whirl of daily business, so long as its clouds rise thick about us, forbid the intellect to fasten itself.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “I am convinced with Plato, with St. Paul, with St. Augustine, with Calvin, and with Leibnitz, that this universe, and every smallest portion of it, exactly fulfils the purpose for which Almighty God designed it.”

I am convinced with Plato, with St. Paul, with St. Augustine, with Calvin, and with Leibnitz, that this universe, and every smallest portion of it, exactly fulfils the purpose for which Almighty God designed it.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “Of all the evil spirits abroad at this hour in the world, insincerity is the most dangerous.”

Of all the evil spirits abroad at this hour in the world, insincerity is the most dangerous.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “We cannot live on probabilities. The faith in which we can live bravely and die in peace must be a certainty, so far as it professes to be a faith at all, or it is nothing.”

We cannot live on probabilities. The faith in which we can live bravely and die in peace must be a certainty, so far as it professes to be a faith at all, or it is nothing.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “Carelessness is inexcusable, and merits the inevitable sequence.”

Carelessness is inexcusable, and merits the inevitable sequence.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “Ignorance is the dominion of absurdity.”

Ignorance is the dominion of absurdity.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “The moral of human life is never simple, and the moral of a story which aims only at being true to human life cannot be expected to be any more so.”

The moral of human life is never simple, and the moral of a story which aims only at being true to human life cannot be expected to be any more so.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “History is a voice forever sounding across the centuries the laws of right and wrong. Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral law is written on the tablets of eternity.”

History is a voice forever sounding across the centuries the laws of right and wrong. Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral law is written on the tablets of eternity.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “As we advance in life, we learn the limits of our abilities.”

As we advance in life, we learn the limits of our abilities.

— James Anthony Froude



James Anthony Froude Quote: “Men are made by nature unequal. It is vain, therefore, to treat them as if they were equal.”

Men are made by nature unequal. It is vain, therefore, to treat them as if they were equal.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “The trials of life will not wait for us. They come at their own time, not caring much to inquire how ready we may be to meet them.”

The trials of life will not wait for us. They come at their own time, not caring much to inquire how ready we may be to meet them.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “The war of good and evil is mightiest in mightiest souls, and even in the darkest time the heart will maintain its right against the hardest creed.”

The war of good and evil is mightiest in mightiest souls, and even in the darkest time the heart will maintain its right against the hardest creed.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “Instead of man to love, we have a man-god to worship. From being the example of devotion, he is its object; the religion of Christ ended with his life, and left us instead but the Christian religion.”

Instead of man to love, we have a man-god to worship. From being the example of devotion, he is its object; the religion of Christ ended with his life, and left us instead but the Christian religion.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “The essence of true nobility is neglect of self. Let the thought of self pass in, and the beauty of a great action is gone, like the bloom from a soiled flower.”

The essence of true nobility is neglect of self. Let the thought of self pass in, and the beauty of a great action is gone, like the bloom from a soiled flower.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “You cannot reason people into loving those whom they are not drawn to love; they cannot reason themselves into it; and there are some contrarieties of temper which are too strong even for the obligations of relationship.”

You cannot reason people into loving those whom they are not drawn to love; they cannot reason themselves into it; and there are some contrarieties of temper which are too strong even for the obligations of relationship.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “Truth only smells sweet forever, and illusions, however innocent, are deadly as the canker worm.”

Truth only smells sweet forever, and illusions, however innocent, are deadly as the canker worm.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “Morality, when vigorously alive, sees farther than intellect, and provides unconsciously for intellectual difficulties.”

Morality, when vigorously alive, sees farther than intellect, and provides unconsciously for intellectual difficulties.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “Where all are selfish, the sage is no better than the fool, and only rather more dangerous.”

Where all are selfish, the sage is no better than the fool, and only rather more dangerous.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “The secret of a person’s nature lies in their religion and what they really believes about the world and their place in it.”

The secret of a person’s nature lies in their religion and what they really believes about the world and their place in it.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “Crime is not punished as an offense against God, but as prejudicial to society.”

Crime is not punished as an offense against God, but as prejudicial to society.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “I cut a hole in my heart and wrote with the blood .”

I cut a hole in my heart and wrote with the blood .

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “Life is change, to cease to change is to cease to live; yet if you may shed a tear beside the death-bed of an old friend, let not your heart be silent on the dissolving of a faith.”

Life is change, to cease to change is to cease to live; yet if you may shed a tear beside the death-bed of an old friend, let not your heart be silent on the dissolving of a faith.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “In everyday things the law of sacrifice takes the form of positive duty.”

In everyday things the law of sacrifice takes the form of positive duty.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “The best that we can do for one another is to exchange our thoughts freely; and that, after all, is about all.”

The best that we can do for one another is to exchange our thoughts freely; and that, after all, is about all.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “The Providence that watches over the affairs of men works out of their mistakes, at times, a healthier issue than could have been accomplished by their wisest forethought.”

The Providence that watches over the affairs of men works out of their mistakes, at times, a healthier issue than could have been accomplished by their wisest forethought.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “Look not to have your sepulchre built in after ages hy the same foolish hands which still ever destroy the living prophet. Small honour for you if they do build it; and may be they never will build it.”

Look not to have your sepulchre built in after ages hy the same foolish hands which still ever destroy the living prophet. Small honour for you if they do build it; and may be they never will build it.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “The essence of greatness is neglect of the self.”

The essence of greatness is neglect of the self.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “Experience is no more transferable in morals than in art.”

Experience is no more transferable in morals than in art.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “The superstition of science scoffs at the superstition of faith.”

The superstition of science scoffs at the superstition of faith.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “No person is ever good for much, that hasn’t been swept off their feet by enthusiasm between ages twenty and thirty.”

No person is ever good for much, that hasn’t been swept off their feet by enthusiasm between ages twenty and thirty.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “Justice without wisdom is impossible.”

Justice without wisdom is impossible.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “Men think to mend their condition by a change of circumstances. They might as well hope to escape from their shadows.”

Men think to mend their condition by a change of circumstances. They might as well hope to escape from their shadows.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “True greatness is the most ready to recognize and most willing to obey those simple outward laws which have been sanctioned by the experience of mankind.”

True greatness is the most ready to recognize and most willing to obey those simple outward laws which have been sanctioned by the experience of mankind.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “I could never fear a God who kept a hell prison-house. No, not though he flung me there because I refused. There is a power stronger than such a one; and it is possible to walk unscathed even in the burning furnace.”

I could never fear a God who kept a hell prison-house. No, not though he flung me there because I refused. There is a power stronger than such a one; and it is possible to walk unscathed even in the burning furnace.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “Man is a real man, and can live and act manfully in this world, not in the strength of opinions, not according to what he thinks, but according to what he is .”

Man is a real man, and can live and act manfully in this world, not in the strength of opinions, not according to what he thinks, but according to what he is .

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “Our thoughts and our conduct are our own.”

Our thoughts and our conduct are our own.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “A person possessed with an idea cannot be reasoned with.”

A person possessed with an idea cannot be reasoned with.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “Women’s eyes are rapid in detecting a heart which is ill at ease with itself, and, knowing the value of sympathy, and finding their own greatest happiness not in receiving it, but in giving it, with them to be unhappy is at once to be interesting.”

Women’s eyes are rapid in detecting a heart which is ill at ease with itself, and, knowing the value of sympathy, and finding their own greatest happiness not in receiving it, but in giving it, with them to be unhappy is at once to be interesting.

— James Anthony Froude


James Anthony Froude Quote: “We are complex, and therefore, in our natural state, inconsistent, beings, and the opinion of this hour need not be the opinion of the next.”

We are complex, and therefore, in our natural state, inconsistent, beings, and the opinion of this hour need not be the opinion of the next.

— James Anthony Froude

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