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Cheerfulness is the friend and helper of all good graces, and the absence of it is certainly a vice. - Arthur Aughey
There is no surer mark of the absence of the highest moral and intellectual qualities than a cold reception of excellence. - Gamaliel Bailey
The simple truth is, that there has lived on the earth, “appearing at intervals,” for thousands of years among ordinary men, the first faint beginnings of another race; walking the earth and breathing the air with us, but at the same time walking another earth and breathing another air of which we know little or nothing, but which is, all the same, our spiritual life, as its absence would be our spiritual death. This new race is in act of being born from us, and in the near future it will occupy and possess the earth. - Richard Maurice Bucke, often called Maurice Bucke
Dogma does not mean the absence of thought, but the end of thought. - G. K. Chesterton, fully Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Virtue is not the absence of vices or the voidance of moral dangers; virtue is a vivid and separate thing, like pain or a particular smell. - G. K. Chesterton, fully Gilbert Keith Chesterton
We communicate happiness to others not often by great acts of devotion and self-sacrifice, but by the absence of fault-finding and censure, by being ready to sympathize with their notions and feelings, instead of forcing them to sympathize with ours. - William Newton Clarke
The absence of temptation is the absence of virtue. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
For... what liberty is; there can no other proof be offered but every man’s own experience, by reflection on himself, and remembering what he useth in his mind, that is, what he himself meaneth when he saith an action... is free. Now he that reflecteth so on himself, cannot but be satisfied... that a free agent is he that can do if he will, and forbear if he will; and that liberty is the absence of external impediments. But to those that out of custom speak not what they conceive, but what they heard, and are not able, or will not take the pains to consider what they think when they hear such words, no argument can be sufficient, because experience and matter of fact are not verified by other men’s arguments, but by every man’s own sense and memory. - Thomas Hobbes
Faith is one of the forces by which men live, and the total absence of it means collapse. - William James
Courage, contrary to popular belief, is not the absence of fear. Courage is the wisdom to act in spite of fear. - John-Roger & Peter McWilliams
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