dignity

A Quote by J.Todd Ferrier on desires, dignity, divinity, habits, learning, nature, and suffering

We are what we think; as we desire so do we become! By our thoughts, desires, and habits, we either ascend to the full divine dignity of our nature, or we descend to suffer and learn.

J.Todd Ferrier (1855 - 1943)

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A Quote by John Milton on dignity, grace, heaven, and love

Grace was in all her steps, heaven in her eye, In every gesture dignity and love.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Paradise Lost. Book viii. Line 488.

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A Quote by John Locke on agriculture, army, dignity, fashion, idleness, men, profit, sports, thought, and understanding

The great men among the ancients understood very well how to reconcile manual labour with affairs of state, and thought it no lessening to their dignity to make the one the recreation to the other. That indeed which seems most generally to have employed and diverted their spare hours, was agriculture. Gideon among the Jews was taken from threshing, as well as Cincinnatus amongst the Romans from the plough, to command the armies of their countries . . . and, as I remember, Cyrus thought gardening so little beneath the dignity and grandeur of a throne, that he showed Xenophon a large field of fruit trees all of his own planting . . . Delving, planting, inoculating, or any the like profitable employments would be no less a diversion than any of the idle sports in fashion, if men could be brought to delight in them.

John Locke (1632 - 1704)

Source: Two Treatises of Government, 1698

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A Quote by John Calvin on achievement, beauty, blessings, deed, difficulty, dignity, evil, god, intention, love, men, and nature

Assuredly there is but one way in which to achieve what is not merely difficult but utterly against human nature: to love those who hate us, to repay their evil deeds with benefits, to return blessings for reproaches. It is that we remember not to consider men's evil intention but to look upon the image of God in them, which cancels and effaces their transgressions, and with its beauty and dignity allures us to love and embrace them.

John Calvin (1509 - 1564)

Source: The Institutes of the Christian Religion

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A Quote by John Adams on dependence, dignity, extremism, god, goodwill, happiness, heaven, honor, ignorance, interest, liberty, nature, nobility, peace, politics, poverty, religion, slavery, and trust

Let the pulpit resound with the doctrines and sentiments of religious liberty. Let us hear the dangers of thralldom to our consciences from ignorance, extreme poverty, and dependence; in short, from civil and political slavery. Let us see delineated before us the true map of man. Let us hear the dignity of his nature, and the noble rank he holds among the works of God-that consenting to slavery is a sacrilegious breach of trust, as offensive in the sight of God as it is derogatory from our own honor or interest or happiness-and that God Almighty has promulgated from heaven liberty, peace, and goodwill to man!

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law, 1765.

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A Quote by Johann Gottlieb Fichte on dignity, humanity, improvement, possessions, and possibility

Humanity may endure the loss of everything; all its possessions may be turned away without infringing its true dignity-all but the possibility of improvement.

Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762 - 1814)

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A Quote by James R. Newman on dignity, diplomacy, economics, mathematics, purpose, respect, and rumor

Mathematical economics is old enough to be respectable, but not all economists respect it. It has powerful supporters and impressive testimonials, yet many capable economists deny that mathematics, except as a shorthand or expository device, can be applied to economic reasoning. There have even been rumors that mathematics is used in economics (and in other social sciences) either for the deliberate purpose of mystification or to confer dignity upon common places as French was once used in diplomatic communications.

James R. Newman

Source: J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New Yorl: Simon and Schuster, 1956.

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A Quote by Herman Melville on dignity, leisure, and work

They talk of the dignity of work. Bosh. The dignity is in leisure.

Herman Melville (1819 - 1891)

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A Quote by Herbert Clark Hoover on america, dedication, dignity, government, history, men, nations, needs, people, principles, thinking, and work

If America is to be run by the people, it is the people who must think. And we do not need to put on sackcloth and ashes to think. Nor should our minds work like a sundial which records only sunshine. Our thinking must square against some lessons of history, some principles of government and morals, if we would preserve the rights and dignity of men to which this nation is dedicated.

Herbert Clark Hoover (1874 - 1964)

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A Quote by Henry Fielding on dignity and history

The dignity of history.

Henry Fielding (1707 - 1754)

Source: Tom Jones. Book xi. Chap. ii.

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