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Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition
John Bartlett

1 "I see on an immense scale, and as clearly as in a demonstration in a laboratory, that good comes out of evil; that the impartiality of the Nature Providence is best; that we are made strong by what we overcome." John Burroughs (1837-1921), 'Accepting the Universe'

2 "The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom." Georg Hegel (1770-1831), 'Philosophy of Right'

3 "One principle must make the universe a single complex living creature, one from all." Plotinus (205-270), 'Enneads', bk. II, treatise iii, sec. 8

4 "Live innocently; God is here." Linnaeus (Carl vonLinne) (1707-1778), inscribed above the door of his bedroom

5 "Consciousness does not appear to itself chopped up in bits….A 'river' or a 'stream' are the metaphors by which it is most naturally described." William James (1842-1910), 'The Principles of Psychology'

6 "We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, and never to be undone. Every smallest stroke of virtue or of vice leaves its never so little scar….Nothing we ever do is, in strict scientific literalness, wiped out." William James (1842-1910), 'The Principles of Psychology'

7 "Religion…is a great instinctive truth, sensed by the people, expressed by the people." Ernest Renan (1823-1892), 'Les Apotres'

8 "If you were to destroy in mankind the belief in immortality, not only love but every living force maintaining the life of the world would at once be dried up." Fedor Mikhailovich Dostoevski (1821-1881), 'The Brothers Karamazov', bk. II, ch. 6

9 "There are no dead." Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949), 'The Blue Bird', act IV, sc. ii

10 "The Self is the honey of all beings, and all beings are the honey of this Self." Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, 2.5.14 (800-500 bce)

11 "Philosophy is written in this grand book – I mean the universe – which stands continually open to our gaze, but it cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language and interpret the characters in which it is written. It is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometrical figures, without which it is humanly impossible to understand a single word of it; without these, one is wandering about in a dark labyrinth." Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), 'Il Saggiatore'

12 "The splendid achievements of the intellect, like the soul, are everlasting." Gaius Sallustius Crispus (86-34 bce), 'The War With Jugurtha', sec. 2

13 "From the feelings proper to it, humanity's nature is constituted for the practice of what is good." Mencius (372-289 bce), 'Works', bk. 1:6.5-6

14 "All good things which exist are the fruits of originality." John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), 'On Liberty'

15 "Holy Mother Earth, the trees and all nature are witnesses of your thoughts and deeds." Winnebago (Native American) saying

16 "Tiny differences in input could quickly become overwhelming differences in output….In weather, for example, this translates into what is only half-jokingly known as the Butterfly Effect – the notion that a butterfly stirring the air today in Peking can transform storm systems next month in New York." James Gleick (b. 1954), 'Chaos', prologue

17 "The Infinite Goodness has such wide arms that it takes whatever turns to it." Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), 'The Divine Comedy'

18 "What is (the earth) most like?.....It is most like a single cell." Lewis Thomas (b. 1913), 'The Lives of a Cell'

19 "God is and all is well." John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892), 'Snowbound'

20 "All Nature wears one universal grin." Henry Fielding (1707-1754), 'Tom Thumb', act I, sc. 1

21 "He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery." Anne Frank (1929-1945), 'The Diary of a Young Girl', March 7, 1944

22 "Great emegencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed." William James (1842-1910), 'The Letters of William James'

23 "We cannot in any better manner glorify the Lord and Creator of the universe than that in all things, how small soever they appear to our naked eyes, but which have yet received the gift of life and power of increase, we contemplate the display of his omnificence and perfections with the utmost admiration." Anton vanLeeuwenhoeck (1632-1723), 'Select Works'

24 "Veracity is the heart of morality." Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895), 'Universities, Actual and Ideal'

25 "What is hateful to you do not do to your neighbor. That is the whole Torah. The rest is commentary." Hillel (fl. 30 bce – 10 ad), from the Talmud

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