A Quote by Immanuel Kant on business, philosophy, privacy, reason, and rules

The business of philosophy is not to give rules, but to analyze the private judgments of common reason.

Immanuel Kant (1724 - 1804)

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A Quote by Abu Bakr Muhammad Ibn al-`Arabi on divinity, experience, fatherhood, glory, god, inspiration, privacy, reflection, solution, and time

Averroes (an integrist Aristotelian master): What manner of solution have you found through divine illumination and inspiration? Is it identical with that which we obtain from speculative reflection? Ibn 'Arabi (a young man about 20 years old): Yes and no. Between the yes and the no, spirits take their flight from their matter, and heads are separated from their bodies. Averroes (in a private interview with Ibn 'Arabi's father): Glory be to God who has let me live at a time distinguished by one of the masters of this experience {i.e. Ibn 'Arabi}, one of those who open the locks of His gates. Glory be to God who has accorded me the personal favor of seeing one of them with my own eyes.

Ibn al-'Arabi (1165 - 1240)

Source: Corbin, Henry. Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn `Arabi, 1969. p. 42

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A Quote by Hilaire Belloc on devil, extremism, privacy, and temptation

The Devil, having nothing else to do Went off to tempt my Lady Poltagrue. My Lady, tempted by a private whim, To his extreme annoyance, tempted him.

Hilaire Belloc (1870 - 1953)

Source: Epigrams. On Lady Poltagrue, a Public Peril

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A Quote by Henry Ward Beecher on privacy and weakness

Private opinion is weak, but public opinion is almost omnipotent.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

Source: last words, March 8, 1887

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on fate, privacy, tyranny, and weakness

Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry B. Eyring on beginning, blessings, books, exercise, experience, faith, gifts, god, gratitude, inspiration, language, memory, mind, prayer, privacy, spirit, and time

You could have an experience with the gift of the Holy Ghost today. You could begin a private prayer with thanks. You could start to count your blessings, and then pause for a moment. If you exercise faith, and with the gift of the Holy Ghost, you will find that memories of other blessings will flood into your mind. If you begin to express gratitude for each of them, your prayer may take a little longer than usual. Remembrance will come. And so will gratitude. You could try the same thing as you write an entry in your book of remembrance. The Holy Ghost has helped with that since the beginning of time. You remember in the record of Moses it says: "And a book of remembrance was kept, in the which was recorded, in the language of Adam, for it was given unto as many as called upon God to write by the spirit of inspiration." (Moses 6:5.)

Henry B. Eyring (1933 -)

Source: Ensign, November, 1989, pg. 13, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Henry Brooks Adams on luxury, morality, and privacy

Morality is a private and costly luxury.

Henry Adams (1838 - 1918)

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A Quote by George Linley on art, authority, authors, composers, existence, happiness, heart, hope, life, losing, memory, music, newspapers, past, privacy, purity, songs, time, tranquility, and wishes

Tho' lost to sight, to mem'ry dear Thou ever wilt remain; One only hope my heart can cheer,- The hope to meet again. Oh fondly on the past I dwell, And oft recall those hours When, wand'ring down the shady dell, We gathered the wild-flowers. Yes, life then seem'd one pure delight, Tho' now each spot looks drear; Yet tho' thy smile be lost to sight, To mem'ry thou art dear. Oft in the tranquil hour of night, When stars illume the sky, I gaze upon each orb of light, And wish that thou wert by. I think upon that happy time, That time so fondly lov'd, When last we heard the sweet bells chime, As thro' the fields we rov'd. Yes, life then seem'd one pure delight, Tho' now each spot looks drear; Yet tho' thy smile be lost to sight, To mem'ry thou art dear. This song-written and composed by Linley for Mr. Augustus Braham, and sung by him-is given entirely, as so much inquiry has been made for the source of "Though lost to Sight, to Memory dear." It is not known when the song was written,-probably about 1830. Another song, entitled "Though lost to Sight, to Memory dear," was published in London in 1880, purporting to have been "written by Ruthven Jenkyns in 1703." It is said to have been published in the "Magazine for Mariners." No such magazine, however, ever existed, and the composer of the music acknowledged, in a private letter, to have copied the song from an American newspaper. There is no other authority for the origin of this song, and the reputed author, Ruthven Jenkyns, was living, under the name of C--, in California in 1882.

George Linley (1798 - 1865)

Source: Song. 1

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A Quote by George Eliot on nature, privacy, and reason

In all private quarrels the duller nature is triumphant by reason of dullness.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Felix Holt, the Radical, ch. 9, 1866.

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A Quote by George Eliot on determination, life, and privacy

There is no private life which is not determined by a wider public life.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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