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Francis Wright Quotes and Sayings

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And when did mere preaching do any good? Put something
in the place of these things.
Fill the vacuum of the mind.
- Francis Wright

The hired preachers of all sects, creeds,
and religions, never do, and never can,
teach any thing but what is in conformity with the
opinions of those who pay them.
- Francis Wright

Speak of change, and the world is in alarm.
And yet where do we not see change?
- Francis Wright

Awaken its powers, and it will respect itself.
- Francis Wright

 

Know why you believe, understand what you believe,
and possess a reason for the faith that is in you.
- Francis Wright

Look into the nature of things.
Search out the grounds of your opinions,
the for and against.
- Francis Wright

Man has been adjudged a social animal.
- Francis Wright

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Instead of establishing facts, we have to overthrow errors;
instead of ascertaining what is,
we have to chase from our imaginations what is not.
- Francis Wright

A necessary consequent of religious belief is the attaching
ideas of merit to that belief,
and of demerit to its absence.
- Francis Wright

It will appear evident upon attentive consideration
that equality of intellectual and physical advantages
is the only sure foundation of liberty,
and that such equality may best, and perhaps only,
be obtained by a union of interests and cooperation in labor.
- Francis Wright

He who lives in the single exercise of his mental faculties,
however usefully or curiously directed,
is equally an imperfect animal with the man who knows
only the exercise of muscles.
- Francis Wright

But while human liberty has engaged the attention of the enlightened,
and enlisted the feelings of the generous of all civilized nations,
may we not enquire if this liberty has been rightly understood?
- Francis Wright

Surely it is time to examine into the meaning of words
and the nature of things,
and to arrive at simple facts, not received upon the
dictum of learned authorities,
but upon attentive personal observation of what is passing around us.
- Francis Wright

Our religious belief usurps the place of our sensations,
our imaginations of our judgment.
We no longer look to actions, trace their consequences,
and then deduce the rule; we first make the rule,
and then, right or wrong, force the action to square with it.
- Francis Wright

We have seen that no religion stands on the basis of things known;
none bounds its horizon within the field of human observation;
and,
therefore, as it can never present us with indisputable facts,
so must it ever be at once a source of error and contention.
- Francis Wright

We hear of the wealth of nations, of the powers of production,
of the demand and supply of markets,
and we forget that these words mean no more,
if they mean any thing, then the happiness,
and the labor, and the necessities of men.
- Francis Wright

The existing principle of selfish interest and competition
has been carried to its extreme point;
and,
in its progress, has isolated the heart of man,
blunted the edge of his finest sensibilities,
and annihilated all his most generous impulses and sympathies.
- Francis Wright

Now here is a departure from the first principle of true ethics.
Here we find ideas of moral wrong and moral right associated
with something else than beneficial action.
The consequent is, we lose sight of the real basis of morals,
and substitute a false one.
- Francis Wright

The simplest principles become difficult of practice,
when habits, formed in error, have been fixed by time,
and the simplest truths hard to receive when prejudice has warped the mind.
- Francis Wright

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou PHOTO

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain PHOTO

There are two kinds of failures:
those who thought and never did,
and those who did and never thought.
- Laurence J. Peter

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet PHOTO

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

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

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. PHOTO

Never say or do anything you wouldn't want
to be the last thing you ever said or did.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.
- Thomas Edison

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

Sometimes you get the results you wanted,
sometimes you don't.
What matters is that you did your best.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we all did the things we are capable of doing,
we would literally astound ourselves.
- Thomas Edison

A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.
- John Burroughs

When the best leader's work is done the people say,
"We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

As for accomplishments,
I just did what I had to do as things came along.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

A leader is most effective when people barely know he exists.
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
his troops will feel they did it themselves.
- Lao Tzu

Success comes from knowing that
you did your best to become the best
that you are capable of becoming.
- John Wooden

A leader is best when people barely know he exists;
when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say: we did it ourselves.
- Lao Tzu

Every day I give thanks that I am me,
and that everything that has ever occurred in my life
happened exactly as it did -
however unpleasant it may have appeared at the time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time;
it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
- Sydney Harris

I did not wish to take a cabin passage,
but rather to go before the mast
and on the deck of the world,
for there I could best see
the moonlight amid the mountains.
I do not wish to go below now.
- Henry David Thoreau

We did not change as we grew older;
we just became more clearly ourselves.
- Lynn Hall

Where am I? Who am I? How did I come to be here?
What is this thing called the world?
How did I come into the world?
Why was I not consulted?
And If I am compelled to take part in it,
Where is the director? I want to see him.
- Soren Kierkegaard

A leader is best when people barely know he exists,
not so good when people obey and acclaim him,
worst when they despise him.
But of a good leader, who talks little,
when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say, "We did this ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

Civilization had too many rules for me,
so I did my best to rewrite them.
- Bill Cosby

If I hadn't met you, I wouldn't like you.
If I didn't like you, I wouldn't love you.
If I didn't love you, I wouldn't miss you.
But I did, I do, and I will.
- Anonymous

Guilt says I've done something wrong;
... shame says there is something wrong with me.
Guilt says I've made a mistake;
... shame says I am a mistake.
Guilt says what did was not good;
... shame says I am no good.
- John Bradshaw

Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

True believers just don't see things the way they are,
because if they did, they wouldn't be true believers anymore.
- Philip Caputo

Jesus preached more and taught more
about helping the poor and the sick and the hungry
than he did about heaven and hell.
Shouldn't that tell us something?
- John Grisham

I recognize that the person I was in my past
is not the person I am today.
That person did the very best they could,
given the knowledge, emotions, and prior experience
they had to draw upon at the time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The course of true love never did run smooth.
- William Shakespeare

I honor you, Hero, for you do not play to the crowd.
You play to your own soul.
An audience of one fills the house with its appreciation and applause.
Others follow you, and may attempt to emulate you,
but that is not why you are a hero.
Fame may smile upon you, or it may not.
The world may cheer your name, or you may be the unknown warrior
who rescued comrades in battle,
or taught a young girl how to shed tears of joy.
Whatever you did, you did not do for fame.
If you had, you would not be a Hero.
You are a Hero for your bold courageous inspired action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.
- Mitch Hedberg

A man who views the world the same at fifty
as he did at twenty
has wasted thirty years of his life.
- Muhammad Ali

When did it become a problem to be a small businessman
and become successful? The small businessman -
like my father,
or like me?
- Glenn Beck

The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities
and the responsibility that we all had.
It wasn't the answer.
It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.
- John Lennon

My family knew, but most of the sporting world did
not realize that my right hand been some 75% paralyzed.
- Bill Toomey

I don't spend much money on clothes;
I never did.
- Lauren Hutton

I never did very well in math - I could never seem
to persuade the teacher that I hadn't meant my answers literally.
- Calvin Trillin

If a friend of mine gave a feast, and did not invite me to it,
I should not mind a bit.
but if a friend of mine had a sorrow
and refused to allow me to share it,
I should feel it most bitterly.
If he shut the doors of the house of mourning against me,
I would move back again and again and beg to be admitted
so that I might share in what I was entitled to share.
If he thought me unworthy, unfit to weep with him,
I should feel it as the most poignant humiliation.
- Oscar Wilde

I was always shocked when I went to the doctor's office
and they did my X-ray and didn't find that I had eight
more ribs than I should have or that my blood was the color green.
- Nicolas Cage

The crops were planted, tended, and harvested -
now the ground lies fallow, awaiting the new planting.
Did the year fail? I think not.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

God did not intend the human family to be wafted to
heaven on flowery beds of ease.
- Frank Knox

What we did not imagine was a Web of people,
but a Web of documents.
- Dale Dougherty

If you aren't playing well, the game isn't as much fun.
When that happens I tell myself just to go out and
play as I did when I was a kid.
- Thomas J. Watson

I learned more stuff in church than I did in the world.
- Al Green

I'm still very professional about my fitness.
I stay in trim as I always did.
- Peter Shilton

Back in the mid-1970s, we adopted some fairly ambitious
goals to improve efficiency of our cars.
What did we get? We got a tremendous boost in efficiency.
- Jay Inslee

The one thing that kept our family together was the music.
The only thing that our family would share emotionally
was to have our dad cry over something the kids did with music.
- Dennis Wilson

Being a father to my family and a husband is to me
much more important than what I did in the business.
- Tom Bosley

I think I'm going to have to live vicariously through
my daughter's rebellion because I certainly never did go through adolescence.
- Brooke Shields


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