Charles Kingsley

Charles Kingsley
Charles Kingsley
  • Born: June 12, 1819
  • Died: January 23, 1875
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Clergyman









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[Trading] in a materialist age, on the unsatisfied spiritual cravings of mankind. For what do all these phantasms betoken, but a generation ashamed of its own materialism, sensuality, insincerity, ignorance, and striving to escape therefrom by any and every mad superstition which seemed likely to give an answer to the awful questions—What are we, and where? Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A country where every man, be he fool or wise, is free to speak that which is in him, can never suffer a revolution. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
A minority of malcontents, some justly, some unjustly, angry with the present state of things, will always exist in this world. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
As for the "triumphs of science," let us honour, with astonishment and awe, the genius of those who invented them; but let us remember that the things themselves are as a gun or a sword, with which we can kill our enemy, but with which also our enemy can kill us. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Christian Socialist Political Parties & Machines
Clergy had not only identified themselves with the repression of free thought, and of physical science … but that they had proved themselves utterly unfit, for centuries past, to exercise any censorship whatsoever over the thoughts of men: that they had identified themselves with the cause of darkness, not of light; with persecution and torture … the clergy interfered perpetually with the sanctity of family life, as well as with the welfare of the state; that their evil counsels, and specially those of the Jesuits, had been patent and potent causes of much of the misrule and misery of Louis XIV.'s and XV.'s reigns Religion & God
If you cannot render me a reason how I came hither, and what I am, I must go to those who will render me one. And if that craving be not satisfied by a rational theory of life, it will demand satisfaction from some magical theory; Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
It is an ugly name, that of "The Masses," for the great majority of human beings in a nation. Miscellaneous
No centralized bureaucracy, or so-called "paternal government," yet invented on earth, has been anything but a failure, or is it like to be anything else Bureaucracy
Railroads? Electric telegraphs? All honour to them in their place: but they are not progress; they are only the fruits of past progress. No outward and material thing is progress; no machinery causes progress; it merely spreads and makes popular the results of progress. Progress is inward, of the soul. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
So give me the political economist, the sanitary reformer, the engineer; and take your saints and virgins, relics and miracles. The spinning-jenny and the railroad, Cunard's liners and the electric telegraph, are to me, if not to you, signs that we are, on some points at least, in harmony with the universe; that there is a mighty spirit working among us, who cannot be your anarchic and destroying Devil, and therefore may be the Ordering and Creating God. Religion & God
Some men will be always able to pay more for their children's education than others; and that those children will, inevitably, win in the struggle of life. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The 18th century, which is usually held to be the most "materialistic" of epochs, was, in fact, a most "spiritualistic" one; in which ghosts, demons, quacks, philosophers' stones, enchanters' wands, mysteries and mummeries, were as fashionable—as they will probably be again some day. Miscellaneous
The world will go on much as it did before; and be always quite bad enough to allow bribery and corruption, jobbery and nepotism, quackery and arrogance, their full influence over our home and foreign policy. Corruption ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Theories—principles—by them if men do not live, by them men are, at least, stirred into life, at the sight of something more noble than themselves. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
We have used the Bible as if it were a mere special constable's handbook, an opium dose for keeping beasts of burden patient while they are overloaded. Religion & God
You must acquire something of that industrious habit of mind which the study of natural science gives,—the art of comparing, of perceiving true likenesses and true differences, and so of classifying and arranging what you see; the art of connecting facts together in your mind in cause and effect Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
A blessed thing it is for any man or woman to have a friend, one human soul whom we can trust utterly, who knows the best and worst of us, and who loves us in spite of all our faults. Trust
A man may learn from his Bible to be a more thorough gentleman than if he had been brought up in all the drawing-rooms in London.
All we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever.
Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle will never know. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Do noble things, not dream them all day long.
Except a living man, there is nothing more wonderful than a book.
Feelings are like chemicals, the more you analyze them the worse they smell.
Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work. Religion & God ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
He was one of those men who possess almost every gift, except the gift of the power to use them. Power
It is only the great hearted who can be true friends. The mean and cowardly, Can never know what true friendship means. Friendship
Pain is no evil, unless it conquers us.
Some say that the age of chivalry is past, that the spirit of romance is dead. The age of chivalry is never past, so long as there is a wrong left unredressed on earth. Romantic
The world goes up and the world goes down, the sunshine follows the rain; and yesterday's sneer and yesterday's frown can never come over again.
There are two freedoms - the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought. Freedom & Liberty
There is a great deal of human nature in man. Nature
There's no use doing a kindness if you do it a day too late.
Young blood must have its course, lad, and every dog its day.