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William Ralph

English Prelate, Dean of Westminster, Writer

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It is a harder and a nobler task to preserve detachment in a crowd than in a cell; the little daily sacrifices of family life are often a greater trial than self-imposed mortifications.

Of all tyrannies a country can suffer, the worst is the tyranny of the majority.

The effect of boredom on a large scale in history is underestimated. It is a main cause of revolutions, and would soon bring to an end all the static Utopias and the farmyard civilization of the Fabians.

The whole of nature is a conjugation of the verb to eat, in the active and passive.

We shall have to fight the politician, who remembers only that the unborn have no votes and that since posterity has done nothing for us we need do nothing for posterity.

Experience is a good teacher, though her fees are terribly high.

It is becoming impossible for those who mix at all with their fellow-men to believe that the grace of God is distributed denominationally.

Originality is undetected plagiarism.

The fruit of the tree of knowledge always drives man from some paradise or other; and even the paradise of fools is not an unpleasant abode while it is habitable.

The whole of nature, as has been said, is a conjugation of the verb to eat, in the active and in the passive.

We should think of the church as an orchestra in which the different churches play on different instruments while a Divine Conductor calls the tune.

Experience proves that none is so cruel as the disillusioned sentimentalist.

It is quite natural and inevitable that, if we spend sixteen hours daily of our waking lives in thinking about the affairs of the world and five minutes in thinking about God and our souls, this world will seem two hundred times more real to us than God.

Originality, I fear, is too often only undetected and frequently unconscious plagiarism.

The fruit of the tree of knowledge always drives man from some paradise or another.

The world belongs to those who think and act with it, who keep a finger on its pulse.

We tolerate shapes in human beings that would horrify us if we saw them in a horse.

Faith begins as an experiment, and ends as an experience.

It is said that Mr. Gladstone could persuade most people of most things, and himself of anything.

Our test is infallible. Whatever view of reality deepens our sense of the tremendous issues of life in the world wherein we move, is for us nearer the truth than any view which diminishes that sense.

The game of life is worth playing, but the struggle is the prize.

Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater.

What is a socialist? One who has yearnings to share equal profits from unequal earnings.

Faith is an act of rational choice, which determines us to act as if certain things were true, and in the confident expectation that they will prove to be true.

It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.

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English Prelate, Dean of Westminster, Writer