Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Charles Montagu Halifax, 1st Earl of Halifax, Lord Halifax

English Statesman and Poet

"Anger is seldom without argument but seldom with a good one."

"Friendship cannot live with ceremony, nor without civility."

"He that leaveth nothing to chance will do few things ill, but he will do very few things."

"If men would think more, they would act less."

"Malice may be sometimes out of breath, envy never."

"Men often mistake themselves, but they never forget themselves."

"Nothing has an uglier look to us than reason, when it is not of our side."

"Service is the rent that we pay for our room on earth."

"The memory and conscience never did, nor never will, agree about forgiving injuries."

"The sense of ultimate truth is the intellectual counterpart of the aesthetic sense of perfect beauty, or the moral sense of perfect good."

"True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes."

"Could we know what men are most apt to remember, we might know what they are most apt to do."

"Nothing would contribute more to make a man wise than to have always an enemy in his view."

"Content is to the mind like moss to a tree; it bindeth it up so as to stop its growth."

"The word "necessary" is miserably applied. It disordereth families, and overturneth government, by being so abused. Remember that children and fools want everything because they want judgment to distinguish; and therefore there is no stronger evidence of a crazy understanding than the making too large a catalogue of things necessary."