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Dean Inge
June 6, 1860 - February 26, 1954
Nationality: English
Category: Author
Subcategory: English Author

Action is the normal completion of the act of will which begins as prayer. That action is not always external, but it is always some kind of effective energy.


In praising science, it does not follow that we must adopt the very poor philosophies which scientific men have constructed. In philosophy they have much more to learn than to teach.


Gambling is a disease of barbarians superficially civilized.


If the universe is running down like a clock, the clock must have been wound up at a date which we could name if we knew it. The world, if it is to have an end in time, must have had a beginning in time.


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


A cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, which is more than can be said for human beings.


What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.


The object of studying philosophy is to know one's own mind, not other people's.


Man, as we know him, is a poor creature; he is halfway between an ape and a god and he is travelling in the right direction.


Democracy is only an experiment in government, and it has the obvious disadvantage of merely counting votes instead of weighing them.


The wisdom of the wise is an uncommon degree of common sense.


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


All faith consists essentially in the recognition of a world of spiritual values behind, yet not apart from, the world of natural phenomena.


The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he is born.


Faith always contains an element of risk, of venture; and we are impelled to make the venture by the affinity and attraction which we feel in ourselves.


A good government remains the greatest of human blessings and no nation has ever enjoyed it.


The wise man is he who knows the relative value of things.


We tolerate shapes in human beings that would horrify us if we saw them in a horse.


Bereavement is the sharpest challenge to our trust in God; if faith can overcome this, there is no mountain which it cannot remove.


To marry is to get a binocular view of life.


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