Leslie Stephen

(Sir Leslie Stephen)

Leslie Stephen
Leslie Stephen
  • Born: November 28, 1832
  • Died: February 22, 1904
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Author









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A good talker, even more than a good orator, implies a good audience. Modern society is too vast and too restless to give a conversationalist a fair chance. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
He who sees only what is before his eyes sees the worst part of every view. Miscellaneous
The doctrine of toleration requires a positive as well as a negative statement. It is not only wrong to burn a man on account of his creed, but it is right to encourage the open avowal and defense of every opinion sincerely maintained. Every man who says frankly and fully what he thinks is so far doing a public service. We should be grateful to him for attacking most unsparingly our most cherished opinions. Freedom & Liberty
Chance is a name for our ignorance.
Every man who says frankly and fully what he thinks is doing a public service.
If atheism is to be used to express the state of mind in which God is identified with the unknowable, and theology is pronounced to be a collection of meaningless words about unintelligible chimeras, then I have no doubt, and I think few people doubt. Religion & God
If you wish at once to do nothing and be respectable nowadays, the best pretext is to be at work on some profound study. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The truth cannot be asserted without denouncing the falsehood. Truth
Walking is the natural recreation for a man who desires not absolutely to suppress his intellect but to turn it out to play for a season. All great men of letters have therefore been enthusiastic walkers.

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