A Quote by Sir Walter Scott on books, doubt, fear, force, god, grace, hope, lies, and mystery

The Book of Books Within this ample volume lies The mystery of mysteries. Happiest they of human race To whom their God has given grace To read, to fear, to hope, to pray, To lift the latch, to force the way; But better had they ne'er been born That read to doubt or read to scorn.

Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832)

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A Quote by Sir Thomas Browne on cities, force, justice, possessions, and truth

A man may be in as just possession of truth as of a city, and yet be forced to surrender.

Sir Thomas Browne (1605 - 1682)

Source: Religio Medici, part 2, section 6 (1635)

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A Quote by Sir Robert Baden-Powell on anger, force, and value

(When next you are worried or angry, force yourself to turn up the corners of your mouth and smile-and you will find the value of this tip.)

Sir Robert Baden-Powell (1857 - 1941)

Source: Lessons from the varsity of life

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A Quote by Sir James Matthew Barrie on force and past


A safe but sometimes chilly way of recalling the past is to force open a crammed drawer. If you are searching for anything in particular you don't find it, but something falls out at the back that is often more interesting.

Sir James Matthew Barrie (1860 - 1937)

Source: "Peter Pan," "To the Five -- A Dedication," 1902.

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A Quote by Simone Weil on death, force, and ideas

Who were the fools who spread the story that brute force cannot kill ideas? Nothing is easier. And once they are dead they are no more than corpses.

Simone Weil (1909 - 1943)

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A Quote by Sigmund Freud on anxiety, body, destruction, force, men, pain, suffering, and world

We are threatened with suffering from three directions: from our own body, which is doomed to decay and dissolution and which cannot even do without pain and anxiety as warning signals; from the external world, which may rage against us with overwhelming and merciless forces of destruction; and finally from our relations to other men. The suffering which comes from this last source is perhaps more painful than any other.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

Source: Civilization and Its Discontents, chapter 2 (1930)

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A Quote by Lucius Annaeus Seneca on force


We are more wicked together than separately. If you are forced to be in a crowd, then most of all you should withdraw into yourself.

Seneca (4 BC - 65 AD)

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A Quote by Scott Cunningham on earth, force, energy, longevity, magic, mortality, nature, power, and time

Trees have from time immemorial been closely associated with magic. These stout members of the vegetable kingdom may stand for as long as a thousand years, and tower far above our mortal heads. As such they are symbols and keepers of unlimited power, longevity, and timelessness. An untouched forest, studded with trees of all ages, sizes and types, is more than a mysterious, magical place - it is one of the energy reservoirs of nature. Within its boundaries stand ancient and new sentinels, guardians of the universal force which has manifested on the the Earth. . . .

Scott Cunningham

Source: Earth Power: Techniques of Natural Magick, 1996, p. 77

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A Quote by Samuel Tuke on force, skill, and women

He is a fool who thinks by force or skill To turn the current of a woman's will.

Samuel Tuke (— - 1673)

Source: Adventures of Five Hours. Act v. Sc. 3.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on envy, force, and patriotism

That man is little to be envied whose patriotism would not gain force upon the plain of Marathon, or whose piety would not grow warmer among the ruins of Iona.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Journey to the Western Islands: Inch Kenneth.

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