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That great dust-heap called 'history'. ...
by Augustine Birrell

That great dust-heap called 'history'.
- Augustine Birrell

Related topics: History

Friendship is a word, the very sight of which in print makes the heart warm.
- Augustine Birrell

Libraries are not made, they grow.
- Augustine Birrell

An ordinary man can surround himself with two thousand
books and thenceforward have at least one place in
the world in which it is possible to be happy.
- Augustine Birrell

 

History is the great dust-heap...
a pageant and not a philosophy.
- Augustine Birrell

Given Pounds and five years, and an ordinary man can in the ordinary course,
without any undue haste or putting any pressure upon his taste,
surround himself with books, all in his own language,
and thence forward have at least one place in the world.
- Augustine Birrell

A conventional good read is usually a bad read,
a relaxing bath in what we know already.
A true good read is surely an act of innovative creation in which we,
the readers, become conspirators.
- Augustine Birrell

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Silence is a source of great strength.
- Lao Tzu

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Where there is great love,
there are always miracles.
- Willa Cather

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There are trivial truths and there are great truths.
The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false.
The opposite of a great truth is also true.
- Niels Bohr

To lead a great life:
Dream, Take Action, Repeat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If (s)he's an apple and you're an orange,
celebrate your differences -
make a great fruit salad.
Love isn't about being the same -
it's about being sweet with each other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are important. You are the star -
the only star - of your own life show.
Everyone else is a bit player in the great drama of your life.
Be of service to humanity, but never be anyone's doormat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

To the young child, all life is a great adventure -
when did we grow so dull and brittle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop,
striped and dotted with continents and islands,
flying through space with other stars
all singing and shining together as one,
the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
- John Muir

Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones,
as the wind blows out the candle and blows up the bonfire.
- Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Great people are those who make others feel
that they, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain

Thinking is necessary, but not sufficient, for living a great life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Great works are performed not by strength,
but by perseverance.
- Samuel Johnson

Wealth consists not in having great possessions,
but in having few wants.
- Epictetus

It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies,
but even more to stand up to your friends.
- J.K. Rowling

Great opportunities to help others seldom come,
but small ones surround us every day.
- Sally Koch

All difficult things have
their origin in that which is easy,
and great things in that which is small.
- Lao Tzu

Man becomes great exactly in the degree
in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Until you'll willing to look foolish,
you'll never have the possibility of being great.
- Cher

Small opportunities are often
the beginning of great enterprises.
- Demosthenes

Before we acquire great power
we must acquire wisdom to use it well.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news.
The good news is that you don't know how great you can be!
How much you can love!
What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
- Anne Frank

The really great secret - Happiness is free.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice,
and is never the result of selfishness.
- Napoleon Hill

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,
adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. -
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those
who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

That some achieve great success,
is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
- Abraham Lincoln

Being is the great explainer.
- Henry David Thoreau

If the misery of the poor be caused
not by the laws of nature,
but by our institutions,
great is our sin.
- Charles Darwin

Nurture your mind with great thoughts,
for you will never go any higher than you think.
- Benjamin Disraeli

A great man is always willing to be little.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

No great thing is created suddenly.
- Epictetus

The wise man looks into space,
and does not regard the small as too little,
nor the great as too much;
for he knows that there is no limit to dimensions.
- Lao Tzu

Dare to dream of your great success.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We can do no great things,
only small things with great love.
- Mother Teresa

Know that you cannot create great new beginnings
until you sincerely celebrate the endings that precede them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort,
and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To the philosopher,
death is but the next great adventure.
- J. K. Rowling

The wicked leader is he who the people despise.
The good leader is he who the people revere.
The great leader is he who the people say, "We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Life is a great big canvas,
and you should throw all the paint you can on it.
- Danny Kaye

The water in a vessel is sparkling;
the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words which are clear;
the great truth has great silence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces
that incessantly draw great events.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

After climbing a great hill,
one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
- Nelson Mandela

I am a great believer in luck
and I find that the harder
I work the more I have of it.
- Thomas Jefferson

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers,
who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt
to offer a solution everybody can understand.
- Colin Powell

Do the difficult things while they are easy
and do the great things while they are small.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
- Lao Tzu

Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative,
to which all beings owe their beginning
and which permeates all heaven.
- Lao Tzu

In times of great stress or adversity,
it's always best to keep busy,
to plow your anger and your energy
into something positive.
- Lee Iacocca

One of the surest ways to cause
yourself great suffering
is to insist upon being right -
to demand that all others view life
exactly as you view it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Great oaks from little acorns grow.
- Proverb

To be oneself is a rare thing, and a great one.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

I have decided to stick with love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I welcome change as a great adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks
in great and honorable courses
with a sure hope and trust in itself.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

There is a great future in front of you,
you can leave your past behind.
- Joel Osteen

My great concern is not whether you have failed,
but whether you are content with your failure.
- Abraham Lincoln

You will become as small as your controlling desire;
as great as your dominant aspiration.
- James Allen

Great leadership is not the visit of an unexpected fate
but rather a flame which is kept burning
in spite of the winds of risk and opposition.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Great spirits have always encountered
violent opposition from mediocre minds.
- Albert Einstein

Great men or men of great gifts
you shall easily find,
but symmetrical men never.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To accomplish great things,
we must not only act, but also dream;
not only plan, but also believe.
- Anatole France


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