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William Ralph

English Prelate, Dean of Westminster, Writer

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Faith begins as an experiment, and ends as an experience.

It is said that Mr. Gladstone could persuade most people of most things, and himself of anything.

Our test is infallible. Whatever view of reality deepens our sense of the tremendous issues of life in the world wherein we move, is for us nearer the truth than any view which diminishes that sense.

The game of life is worth playing, but the struggle is the prize.

Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater.

What is a socialist? One who has yearnings to share equal profits from unequal earnings.

Faith is an act of rational choice, which determines us to act as if certain things were true, and in the confident expectation that they will prove to be true.

It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.

Over-population is a phenomenon connected with the survival of the unfit, and it is a mechanism which has created conditions favorable to the survival of the unfit and the elimination of the fit.

The great discovery of the nineteenth century, that we are of one blood with the lower animals, has created new ethical obligations which have not yet penetrated the public conscience. The clerical profession has been lamentably remiss in preaching this obvious duty.

There are no rewards or punishments - only consequences.

When our first parents were driven out of Paradise, Adam is believed to have remarked to Eve: "My dear, we live in an age of transition."

Faith is an act of self-consecration, in which the will, the intellect, and the affections all have their place.

It was said that Mr. Gladstone could persuade most people of most things, and himself of anything.

Patriotism varies, from a noble devotion to a moral lunacy.

The happy people are those who are producing something; the bored people are those who are consuming much and producing nothing.

There are two kinds of fools: one says, "This is old, therefore it is good"; the other says, "This is new, therefore it is better."

Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next.

For better or worse, man is the tool-using animal, and as such he has become the lord of creation. When he is lord also of himself, he will deserve his self-chosen title homo sapiens.

Let none of us delude himself by supposing that honesty is always the best policy. It is not.

Perhaps the most lasting pleasure in life is the pleasure of not going to church.

The jealous man is so preoccupied with what he hasn't got that he fails to appreciate the value of what he has got. He loses the ability to feel glad because the sun is shining. He doesn't see the wonder and the newness of the beginning of spring.

There is much more of the same kind in Eckhart's sermons ? as good and sensible doctrine as one could find anywhere.

Gambling is a disease of barbarians superficially civilized.

Let us remember, when we are inclined to be disheartened, that the private soldier is a poor judge of the fortunes of a great battle.

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English Prelate, Dean of Westminster, Writer