STERLING, John Quotes
(1806-1844), English poet
Compliments are only lies in court clothes.
The worst education that teaches self-denial is better than the best that teaches everything else and not that.
Modem education too often covers the fingers with rings, and at the same time cuts the sinews at the wrists.
Emotion turning back on itself, and not leading on to thought or action, is the element of madness.
Toil, feel, think, hope; you will be sure to dream enough before you die, without arranging for it.
An excess of excitement, and a deficiency of enthusiasm, may easily characterize the same person or period. Enthusiasm is grave, inward, self-controlled; mere excitement is outward, fantastic, hysterical, and passing in a moment from tears to laughter; from one aim to its very opposite.
Every fancy that we would substitute for a reality, is, if we saw aright, and saw the whole, not only false, but every way less beautiful and excellent than that which we sacrifice to it.
Be busy in trading, receiving, and giving, for life is too good to be wasted in living.
Modern education too often covers the fingers with rings, and at the same time cuts the sinews at the wrists.
Poetry is in itself strength and joy, whether it be crowned by all mankind, or left alone in its own magic hermitage.
The worst education which teaches self-denial, is better than the best which teaches everything else and not that.