A Quote by Samuel Francis Smith on authors, country, fatherhood, freedom, god, heart, liberty, love, mortality, music, nobility, pride, silence, and songs

My country, 'tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing: Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims' pride, From every mountainside Let freedom ring. My native country, thee, Land of the noble free, Thy name I love; I love thy rocks and rills, Thy woods and templed hills. My heart with rapture thrills Like that above. Let music swell the breeze And ring from all the trees Sweet freedom's song; Let mortal tongues awake; Let all that breathe partake; Let rocks their silence break, The sound prolong. Our fathers' God, to thee, Author of liberty, To thee I sing; Long may our land be bright With freedom's holy light; Protect us by thy might, Great God, our King!

Samuel Francis Smith (1808 - 1895)

Source: America’s National Hymn.

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A Quote by Robert W. Shaunon on authors, consequences, language, perfection, quotations, thought, trifle, and truth

Perhaps the reader may ask, of what consequence is it whether the author's exact language is preserved or not, provided we have his thought? The answer is, that inaccurate quotation is a sin against truth. It may appear in any particular instance to be a trifle, but perfection consists in small things, and perfection is no trifle.

Robert W. Shaunon

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A Quote by Robert Burton on authors, confusion, devil, and lies

The Devil himself, which is the author of confusion and lies.

Robert Burton (1577 - 1640)

Source: Anatomy of Melancholy

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A Quote by Richard C. Edgley on authors, belief, devil, fatherhood, lies, listening, and truth

Will we listen to "Satan, the author of all lies . . . ? Or are we going to believe a loving Heavenly Father, who is the source of all truth and righteousness?

Richard C. Edgley (1936 -)

Source: Ensign, November 2000. © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission..

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on authors, books, fame, and learning

The book written against fame and learning has the author's name on the title-page.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on authors, ideas, learning, success, and words

An orator or author is never successful till he has learned to make his words smaller than his ideas.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on authors, books, inventions, labor, mind, and world

When the mind is braced by labor and invention, the page of whatever book we read becomes luminous with manifold allusion. Every sentence is doubly significant, and the sense of our author is as broad as the world.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: The American Scholar from Addresses, published as part of Nature; Addresses and Lectures

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A Quote by Plato on authors, belief, disorder, divinity, evil, existence, god, good, government, immortality, justice, laws, life, love, men, nature, order, perfection, progress, soul, truth, and world

When speaking of divine perfection, we signify that God is just and true and loving, the author of order, not disorder, of good, not evil. We signify that he is justice, that he is truth, that he is love, that he is order, that he is the very progress of which we were speaking; and that wherever these qualities exist, whether in the human soul or in the order of nature, there God exists. We might still see him everywhere, if we had not been mistakenly seeking for him apart from us, instead of in us; away from the laws of nature, instead of in them, but by partaking of that truth and justice and love which He himself is. Therefore the belief in immortality depends finally upon the belief in God. If there exists a good and wise God, then there also exists a progress of men towards perfection; and if there be no progress of men towards perfection, then there cannot be a good and wise God. We cannot suppose that God's moral government, the beginnings of which we see in the world and in ourselves, will cease when we leave this life.

Plato (c.427 - 347 BC)

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A Quote by Pierre Simon de Laplace on authors, books, needs, universe, and world

Napoleon: You have written this huge book on the system of the world without once mentioning the author of the universe. Laplace: Sire, I had no need of that hypothesis. Later when told by Napoleon about the incident, Lagrange commented: Ah, but that is a fine hypothesis. It explains so many things.

Pierre Simon de Laplace (1749 - 1827)

Source: DeMorgan's Budget of Paradoxes.

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A Quote by Pierre Bayle on authors, books, happiness, inventions, talent, thought, and wit

There is not less wit nor less invention in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that thought. Cardinal du Perron has been heard to say that the happy application of a verse of Virgil has deserved a talent.

Pierre Bayle (1647 - 1706)

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