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John Henry Newman
February 21, 1801 - August 11, 1890
Nationality: British
Category: Clergyman
Subcategory: British Clergyman

A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault.


It is almost the definition of a gentleman to say that he is one who never inflicts pain.


If we insist on being as sure as is conceivable... we must be content to creep along the ground, and never soar.


It is almost a definition of a gentleman to say that he is one who never inflicts pain.


It is very difficult to get up resentment towards persons whom one has never seen.


A great memory does not make a mind, any more than a dictionary is a piece of literature.


To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.


Men will die upon dogma but will not fall victim to a conclusion.


Let us take things as we find them: let us not attempt to distort them into what they are not... We cannot make facts. All our wishing cannot change them. We must use them.


Virtue is its own reward, and brings with it the truest and highest pleasure; but if we cultivate it only for pleasure's sake, we are selfish, not religious, and will never gain the pleasure, because we can never have the virtue.


Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather that it shall ever have a beginning.


Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt.


It is often said that second thoughts are best. So they are in matters of judgment but not in matters of conscience.


Ability is sexless.


Nothing is more common than for men to think that because they are familiar with words they understand the ideas they stand for.


Growth is the only evidence of life.


A great memory is never made synonymous with wisdom, any more than a dictionary would be called a treatise.


The love of our private friends is the only preparatory exercise for the love of all men.


We must make up our minds to be ignorant of much, if we would know anything.


To holy people the very name of Jesus is a name to feed upon, a name to transport. His name can raise the dead and transfigure and beautify the living.


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