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Reform Quotes


These are some of the best 'Reform' quotations and sayings.

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An indefinable something is to be done, in a way nobody knows how, at a time nobody knows when, that will accomplish nobody knows what.

At twenty a man is full of fight and hope. He wants to reform the world. When he's seventy he still wants to reform the world, but he knows he can't. See quote detail

Change is not reform. See quote detail

Charles Fox said that restorations were the most bloody of all revolutions; and he might have added that reformations are the best mode of preventing the necessity of either.

Conscious remorse and anguish must be felt, to curb desire, to break the stubborn will, and work a second nature in the soul.

He that has energy enough in his constitution to root out a vice should go a little farther, and try to plant a virtue in its place, otherwise he will have his labor to renew; a strong soil that has produced weeds, may be made to produce wheat with far less difficulty than it would cost to make it produce nothing.

He who reforms himself, has done more toward reforming the public, that a crowd of noisy, impotent patriots.

He who reforms himself, has done much toward reforming others; and one reason why the world is not reformed, is, because each would have others make a beginning, and never thinks of himself doing it.

It has been the fate of all bold adventurers and reformers, to be esteemed insane.

It is easier to enrich ourselves with a thousand virtues, than to correct ourselves of a single fault.

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.

Long is the way and hard, that out of hell leads up to light.

Many hope the tree may be felled that they may gather chips by the fall.

Mere outward reformation differs as much from regeneration as white-washing an old rotten house differs from pulling it down and building a new one in its place.

Necessity reforms the poor, and satiety the rich.

One vicious habit each year rooted out, in time might make the worst man good.

Reformation is a work of time. A national taste, however wrong it may be, cannot be totally changed at once; we must yield a little to the prepossession which has taken hold on the mind, and we may then bring people to adopt what would offend them, if endeavored to be introduced by violence.

Reforms should begin at home and stay there.

The great fundamental principle of the Reformation was the individual responsibility of the human soul to its Maker and Judge.

The hole and the patch should be commensurate.


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