John Lancaster Spalding

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A great man, who lives intimately with his admirers, with difficulty escapes being made ridiculous. Leaders & Leadership
Base thy life on principle, not on rules. Miscellaneous
Break not the will of the young, but guide it to right ends. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Dislike of another’s opinions and beliefs neither justifies our own nor makes us more certain of them: and to transfer the repugnance to the person himself is a mark of a vulgar mind. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
God has not made a world which suits all; how shall a sane man expect to please all? Miscellaneous
Great deeds and utterances are now so diluted with printer’s ink that we can no longer find a sage or saint. Media, Journalism & The Press
However firmly thou holdest to thy opinions, if truth appears on the opposite side, throw down thy arms at once. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
If a state should pass laws forbidding its citizens to become wise and holy, it would be made a byword for all time. But this, in effect, is what our commercial, social, and political systems do. They compel the sacrifice of mental and moral power to money and dissipation. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
If thou wouldst help others, deal with them as though they were what they should be Poverty
If we learn from those only, of whose lives and opinions we altogether approve, we shall have to turn from many of the highest and profoundest minds. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
In education, as in religion and love, compulsion thwarts the purpose for which it is employed. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
In the world of thought a man’s rank is determined, not by his average work, but by his highest achievement. Miscellaneous
It is more profitable to be mindful of our own faults than of those of our age. Human Nature
It is the business of culture to make us able to consider with intelligent interest all real opinions, even those we do not and can not accept. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
It is, indeed, a vice of rulers that men who have exceptional ability and worth are offensive to them Leaders & Leadership
Since the mass of mankind are too ignorant or too indolent to think seriously, if majorities are right it is by accident. Public Opinion & Polling
The common man is impelled and controlled by interests; the superior, by ideas. Human Nature
The exercise of authority is odious, and they who know how to govern, leave it in abeyance as much as possible. Leaders & Leadership
The test of the worth of work is its effect on the worker. If it degrade him, it is bad; if it ennoble him, it is good. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Though what we accept be true, it is a prejudice unless we ourselves have considered and understood why and how it is true. Miscellaneous
We have lost the old love of work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
What a wise man knows seems so plain and simple to himself that he easily makes the mistake of thinking it to be so for others. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
When the mind has grasped the matter, words come like flowers at the call of spring. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
When we have not the strength or the courage to grasp a new truth, we persuade ourselves that it is not a truth at all. Human Nature
As memory may be a paradise from which we cannot be driven, it may also be a hell from which we cannot escape.
The doubt of an earnest, thoughtful, patient and laborious mind is worthy of respect. In such doubt may be found indeed more faith than in half the creeds. Respect ;Religion & God
We are more disturbed by a calamity which threatens us than by one which has befallen us.