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Henry Home Quotes


Henry Home, Lord Kames was a Scottish philosopher of the 18th century.
(1696 - 1782)

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A great mind will neither give an affront, nor bear it.
 

A man of integrity will never listen to any plea against conscience.
[Conscience]
 

A newspaper is the history for one day of the world in which we live, and with which we are consequently more concerned than with those which have passed away, and exist only in remembrance.
 

A rich man cannot enjoy a sound mind nor a sound body without exercise and abstinence; and yet these are truly the worst ingredients of poverty.
 

Adversity borrows its sharpest sting from our impatience.
[Adversity]
 

Among the sources of those innumerable calamities which from age to age have overwhelmed mankind, may be reckoned as one of the principal, the abuse of words.
[Words]
 

An infallible way to make your child miserable, is to satisfy all his demands. - Passion swells by gratification; and the impossibility of satisfying every one of his wishes will oblige you to stop short at last after he has become head-strong.
[Children]
 

Benevolence is allied to few vices; selfishness to fewer virtues.
[Benevolence]
 

Cheerfulness is the daughter of employment; and I have known a man come home, in high spirits, from a funeral, merely because he has had the management of it.
[Occupation]
 

Civility is a charm that attracts the love of all men; and too much is better than to show too little.
 

Even dress is apt to inflame a man's opinion of himself.
 

Every man, however little, makes a figure in his own eyes.
[Conceit]
 

Great wants proceed from great wealth, but they are undutiful children, for they sink wealth down to poverty.
 

Human learning, with the blessing of God upon it, introduces us to divine wisdom, and while we study the works of nature, the God of nature will manifest himself to us.
[Intelligence]
 

In the heraldry of heaven goodness precedes greatness, and so on earth it is more powerful. - The lowly and lovely may often do more good in their limited sphere than the gifted.
[Goodness]
 

It is expedient to have an acquaintance with those who have looked into the world; who know men, understand business, and can give you good intelligence and good advice when they are wanted.
[Companionship]
 

It is well known what strange work there has been in the world, under the name and pretence of reformation; how often it has turned out to be, in reality, deformation; or, at best, a tinkering sort of business, where, while one hole has been mended, two have been made.
[Reform]
 

Luxury may possibly contribute to give bread to the poor; but if there were no luxury, there would be no poor.
 

Many shining actions owe their success to chance, though the general or statesman runs away with the applause.
 

Meditation is that exercise of the mind by which it recalls a known truth, as some kind of creatures do their food, to be ruminated upon till all the valuable parts be extracted.
[Meditation]
 


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