MAGOON, Elias L. Quotes
(1810-1886), American clergyman
Existence was given us for action. Our worth is determined by the good deeds we do, rather than by the fine emotions we feel.
He is always the severest censor on the merits of others who has the least worth of his own.
Unjustifiable detraction always proves the weakness as well as meanness of the one who employs it.—To be constantly carping at, and exaggerating petty blemishes in the characters of others, putting an unfavorable construction on their language, or "damning with faint praise "their deeds, betrays, on the part of the detractor, a conscious inability to maintain a reputable standing on legitimate and honorable ground.
Half a fact is a whole falsehood.—He who gives the truth a false coloring by his false manner of telling it, is the worst of liars.
There is no policy like politeness, since a good manner often succeeds where the best tongue has failed.