Philip Hamerton

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Philip Hamerton

We need society, and we need solitude also, as we need summer and winter, day and night, exercise and rest.More Philip Hamerton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In learning to know other things, and other minds, we become more intimately acquainted with ourselves, and are to ourselves better worth knowing.More Philip Hamerton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Culture is like wealth; it makes us more ourselves, it enables us to express ourselvesMore Philip Hamerton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
What delights us in the spring is more a sensation than an appearance, more a hope than any visible reality. There is something in the softness of the air, in the lengthening of the days, in the very sounds and odors of the sweet time, that caresses us and consoles us after the rigorous weeks of winter.More Philip Hamerton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You may have a cat in the room with you without anxiety about anything except eatables. The presence of a cat is positively soothing to a student.More Philip Hamerton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
People have prejudices against a nation in which they have no acquaintances.More Philip Hamerton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
All that we have read and learned, all that has occupied and interested us in the thoughts and deeds of men abler or wiser than ourselves, constitutes at last a spiritual society of which we can never be deprived, for it rests in the heart and soul of the man who has acquired it.More Philip Hamerton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The only hope of preserving what is best, lies in the practice of an immense charity, a wide tolerance, a sincere respect for opinions that are not ours.More Philip Hamerton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Unless a man works he cannot find out what he is able to do.More Philip Hamerton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Have you ever observed that we pay much more attention to a wise passage when it is quoted, than when we read it in the original author?More Philip Hamerton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The happiest life is that which constantly exercises and educates what is best in us.More Philip Hamerton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Painting does not come from intelligence so much, as from sight and feeling and invention.More Philip Hamerton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Conversation is interesting in proportion to the originality of the central ideas which serve as pivots and the fitness of the little facts and observations which are contributed by the talkers.More Philip Hamerton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
High culture always isolates, always drives men out of their class, and makes it more difficult for them to share naturally and easily the common class-life around them. They seek the few companions who can understand them, and when these are not to be had within a traversable distance, they sit and work alone.More Philip Hamerton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Thackeray and Balzac will make it possible for our descendants to live over again the England and France of to-day. Seen in this light, the novelist has a higher office than merely and amuse his contemporaries.More Philip Hamerton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The art of reading is to skip judiciously. Whole libraries may be skipped in these days, when we have the results of them in our modern culture without going over the ground again.More Philip Hamerton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Few of us have been so exceptionally unfortunate as not to find, in our own age, some experienced friend who has helped us by precious counsel, never to be forgotten. We cannot render it in kind, but perhaps in the fulness of time it may become our noblest duty to aid another as we have ourselves been aided, and to transmit to him an invaluable treasure, the tradition of the intellectual life.More Philip Hamerton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Of all intellectual friendships, none are so beautiful as those which subsist between old and ripe men and their younger brethren in science or literature or art. It is, by these private friendships, even more than by public performance, that the tradition of sound thinking and great doing is perpetuated from age to age.More Philip Hamerton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Never be afraid of What is good; the good is always the road to what is true.More Philip Hamerton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Society is, and must be, based upon appearances, and not upon the deepest appearances, and not realities.More Philip Hamerton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Society will be obeyed; if you refuse obedience, you must take the consequences. Society has only one law, and that is custom. Even religion itself is socially powerful only just so far as it has custom on its side.More Philip Hamerton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
As there is no pleasure in military life for a soldier who fears death, so there is no independence in civil existence for the man who has an overpowering dread of solitude.More Philip Hamerton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Woe unto him that is never alone, and cannot bear to be alone.More Philip Hamerton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I wonder how it is that so cheerful-looking a tree as the willow should ever have become associated with ideas of sadness.More Philip Hamerton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Avowed work, even when uncongenial, is far less trying to patience than feigned pleasure.More Philip Hamerton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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