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John Henry Newman Quotes

A great memory does not make a mind, any more than a dictionary is a piece of literature.

A great memory is never made synonymous with wisdom, any more than a dictionary would be called a treatise.

A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault.

Ability is sexless.

Calculation never made a hero.

Evil has no substance of its own, but is only the defect, excess, perversion, or corruption of that which has substance.

Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather that it shall ever have a beginning.

From the age of fifteen, dogma has been the fundamental principle of my religion: I know no other religion; I cannot enter into the idea of any other sort of religion; religion, as a mere sentiment, is to me a dream and a mockery.

Growth is the only evidence of life.

If we are intended for great ends, we are called to great hazards.

If we insist on being as sure as is conceivable... we must be content to creep along the ground, and never soar.

In this world no one rules by love; if you are but amiable, you are no hero; to be powerful, you must be strong, and to have dominion you must have a genius for organizing.

It is almost a definition of a gentleman to say that he is one who never inflicts pain.

It is almost the definition of a gentleman to say that he is one who never inflicts pain.

It is as absurd to argue men, as to torture them, into believing.

It is often said that second thoughts are best. So they are in matters of judgment but not in matters of conscience.

It is very difficult to get up resentment towards persons whom one has never seen.

Let us act on what we have, since we have not what we wish.

Let us take things as we find them: let us not attempt to distort them into what they are not... We cannot make facts. All our wishing cannot change them. We must use them.

Men will die upon dogma but will not fall victim to a conclusion.