A Quote by Dr. William Ralph Inge, KC, VO, FBA, DD on debt, mankind, nations, and posterity

The nations which have put mankind and posterity most in their debt have been small states-Israel, Athens, Florence, Elizabethan England.

William Inge (1860 - 1954)

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A Quote by William Henry Drummond on beauty, birth, earth, eternity, fatherhood, food, glory, god, gold, good, heaven, joy, love, mankind, power, reason, salvation, songs, soul, truth, and world

Bright portals of the sky, Emboss'd with sparkling stars, Doors of eternity, With diamantine bars, Your arras rich uphold, Loose all your bolts and springs, Ope wide your leaves of gold, That in your roofs may come the King of Kings. O well-spring of this All! Thy Father's image vive; Word, that from nought did call What is, doth reason, live; The soul's eternal food, Earth's joy, delight of heaven; All truth, love, beauty, good: To thee, to thee be praises ever given! O glory of the heaven! O sole delight of earth! To thee all power be given, God's uncreated birth! Of mankind lover true, Indearer of his wrong, Who doth the world renew, Still be thou our salvation and our song!

William Henry Drummond (1854 - 1907)

Source: “Christmas Day”

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A Quote by William Hazlitt on mankind


If mankind had wished for what is right, they might have had it long ago.

William Hazlitt (1778 - 1830)

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A Quote by William Graham Sumner on art, books, discovery, duty, force, glory, inventions, life, mankind, men, order, rest, service, talent, and welfare

In the New Testament it is taught that willing and voluntary service to others is the highest duty and glory in human life. . . . The men of talent are constantly forced to serve the rest. They make the discoveries and inventions, order the battles, write the books, and produce the works of art. The benefit and enjoyment go to the whole. There are those who joyfully order their own lives so that they may serve the welfare of mankind.

William Graham Sumner (1840 - 1910)

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A Quote by William Faulkner on mankind


Poor man. Poor mankind.

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

Source: Light in August

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A Quote by William Cowper on mankind and rest

No wild enthusiast ever yet could rest, till half mankind were, like himself, possest.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

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A Quote by William Cullen Bryant on mankind, spirit, and strength

Here the free spirit of mankind, at length, Throws its last fetters off; and who shall place A limit to the giant's unchained strength, Or curb his swiftness in the forward race?

William Cullen Bryant (1794 - 1878)

Source: The Ages. xxxiii.

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on learning and mankind

O but we dreamed to mend Whatever mischief seemed To afflict mankind, but now That winds of winter blow Learn that we were crack-pated when we dreamed.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Tower, 1928. Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen

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A Quote by Walter Dill Scott on guilt, mankind, men, needs, and power

The race of mankind would perish did they cease to aid each other. We cannot exist without mutual help. All therefore that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow-men; and no one who has the power of granting can refuse it without guilt.

Walter Dill Scott (1869 - 1955)

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A Quote by Walter Bagehot on mankind and quiet

An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind.

Walter Bagehot (1826 - 1877)

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