SEELEY, John Robert Quotes
(1834-1895), English author ("Ecce Homo")
No virtue is safe that is not enthusiastic.
There are two unalterable prerequisites to man's being happy in the world to come. His sins must be pardoned and his nature must be changed. He must have a title to heaves and a fitness for heaven. These two ideas underlie the whole of Christ's work, and without the title to, and the fitness for, no man can enter the kingdom of God.
History is not, as it was once regarded, merely a liberal pursuit in which men found wholesome food for the imagination and sympathies; but now is a department of serious scientific investigation.—We study it in the hope of giving new precision, definiteness, and solidity to the principles of political science.
A grain of real knowledge, of genuine uncontrollable conviction, will outweigh a bushel of adroitness; and to produce persuasion there is one golden principle of rhetoric not put down in the books—to understand what you are talking about.
Principles last forever; but special rules pass away with the things and conditions to which they refer.