Julius Charles Hare (1795-1855) and his brother Augustus William Hare

Julius Charles
Hare (1795-1855) and his brother Augustus William Hare

English Clergyman, Wrote in Collaboration

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Heroism is active genius; genius, contemplative heroism. Heroism is the self-devotion of genius manifesting itself in action.

The first step to self-knowledge is self-distrust. Nor can we attain to any kind of knowledge, except by a like process.

Heroism is the self-devotion of genius manifesting itself in action.

The grand difficulty is to feel the reality of both worlds, so as to give each its due place in our thoughts and feelings, to keep our mind’s eye and our heart’s eye ever fixed on the land of promise, without looking away from the road along which we are to travel toward it.

How few are our real wants! and how easy it is to satisfy them! Our imaginary ones are boundless and insatiable.

The greatest truths are the simplest; and so are the greatest men.

It is much easier to think right without doing right, than to do right without thinking right. Just thoughts may, and often do, fail of producing just deeds; but just deeds are sure to get just thoughts. The clearest understanding can do little in purifying an impure heart, the strongest little in straightening a crooked one. You cannot reason or talk an Augean stable into cleanliness. A single day's work would make more progress in such a task than a century's words.

The only way of setting the will free is to deliver it from willfulness.

Love, it has been said, flows downward. The love of parents for their children has always been far more powerful than that of children for their parents; and who among the sons of men ever loved God with a thousandth part of the love which Go has manifested to us.

The power of faith will often shine forth the most when the character is naturally weak.

Many a man’s vices have at first nothing worse than good qualities run wild.

The praises of others may be of use in teaching us, not what we are, but what we ought to be.

Many men spend their lives gazing at their own shadows, and so dwindle away into shadows thereof.

Mountains never shake hands. Their roots may touch; they may keep together some way up; but at length they part company, and rise into individual, insulated peaks. So is it with great men.

Much of this world’s wisdom is still acquired by necromancy, by consulting the oracular dead.

Never put much confidence in such as put no confidence in others. A man prone to suspect evil is mostly looking in his neighbor for what he sees in himself. As to the pure all things are pure, even so to the impure all things are impure.

Purity is the feminine, truth the masculine, of honor.

Religion presents few difficulties to the humble; many to the proud; insuperable ones to the vain.

A mother should give her children a superabundance of enthusiasm; that after they have lost all they are sure to lose on mixing with the world, enough may still remain to prompt and support them through great actions.

Right is might, and ever was, and ever shall be so. Holiness, meekness, patience, humility, self-denial, and self-sacrifice, faith, love, each is might and every gift of the spirit is might.

Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are.

Since the generality of persons act from impulse, much more than form principle, men are neither so good nor so bad as we are apt to think them.

Crimes sometimes shock us too much; vices almost always too little.

Some people carry their hearts in their heads; very many carry their heads in their hearts. The difficulty is to keep them apart, yet both actively working together.

Do you wish to find out a person's weak points? Note the failings he has the quickest eye for in others.

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Hare (1795-1855) and his brother Augustus William Hare
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English Clergyman, Wrote in Collaboration