English Statesman, Man of Letters, Chief Secretary for Ireland
"A mind too proud to unbend over the small ridiculosa of life is as painful as a library with no trash in it."
"A sudden lie may be sometimes only manslaughter upon truth; but by a carefully constructed equivocation, truth always is with malice a forethought deliberately murdered."
"Even good opinions are worth very little unless we hold them in a broad, intelligent, and spacious way."
"I believe the recipe for happiness to be just enough money to pay the monthly bills you acquire, a little surplus to give you confidence, a little too much work each day, enthusiasm for your work, a substantial share of good health, a couple of real friends, and a wife and children to share life's beauty with you."
"Our opinions are less important than the spirit and temper with which they possess us, and even good opinions are worth very little unless we hold them in a broad, intelligent, and spacious way."
"You have not converted a man, because you have silenced him... The small reform may become the enemy of the great one... The most frightful idea that has ever corroded human nature-the idea of eternal punishment."
"Deeper than men’s opinions are the sentiment and circumstances by which opinion is predetermined. "
"Even good opinions are worth very little unless we hold them in the broad, intelligent, and spacious way. "
"The finger of the atheists' own divinity, Reason, wrote on the wall the appalling judgments that there is no God; that the universe is only matter in spontaneous motion; and, most grievous word of all, that what men call their souls die with the death of the body, as music dies when the strings are broken."
"It makes all the difference in the world whether we put truth in the first place, or in the second place. "
"The most frightful idea that has ever corroded human nature - the idea of eternal punishment. "
"Three things matter in a speech; who says it, how he says it, and what he says – and, of the three, the last matters the least. "