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Hall of Noble Words Quotations

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All that mankind has done, thought, gained, or been, is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.

– Thomas Carlyle

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He that loveth a book will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counsellor, a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter.

– Isaac Barrow

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Of law there can be no less acknowledged than that her seat is the bosom of God, her voice the harmony of the world. All things in heaven and earth do her homage, - the very least as feeling her care, and the greatest as not exempted from her power.

– Richard Hooker

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The quality of mercy is not strain'd...it is twice blest; it blesseth him that gives and him that takes.

– Shakespeare

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We must be free or die, who speak the tongue that Shakespeare spake; the faith and morals hold which Milton held.

– Wordsworth

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A nation can only be free, happy, and great in proportion to the virtue and intelligence of the people.

– Stephen F. Austin

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The benefits of education and of useful knowledge, generally diffused through a community, are essential to the preservation of a free government.

– Sam Houston

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Cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy, and while guided and controlled by virtue the noblest attribute of man. It is the only dictator that freemen acknowledge, and the only security which freemen desire.

– Mirabeau B. Lamar

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Let us in this University strike hands with the ancient and goodly fellowship of university men of all time...and pledge ourselves, as university men and Texans, to love the truth and seek it, to learn the right and do it, and, in all emergencies, however wealth may tempt or popular applause allure, to be sole rulers of our own free speech, masters of our own untrammelled thoughts, captains of our own unfettered souls.

– Yancey Lewis

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GNUWOI SEAUTON. MHDEN AGAN. (Know thyself. Do nothing too much.)

– The Temple of Delphi

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Wisdom is the principal thing: therefore get wisdom and with all thy getting get understanding.

– Proverbs of Solomon

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Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

– Proverbs of Solomon

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The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth his handiwork.

– Psalm 19:1

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God is our refuge and strength: a very present help in trouble.

– Psalm 46:1

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For us, to earn our bread, the cloud, the breeze, Sun, moon, and sky with busy motion toil, That we may eat, remembering God the while: Should man serve less obediently than these?

– Sa'di of Shiraz

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Let us first understand the facts and then we may seek the cause.

– Aristotle

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Read not to contradict and confute: nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.

– Bacon

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All we can safely ask of Heaven lies within a very small compass. `Tis but health of body and mind. And if we have these, `tis not much matter what we want besides, for we have already enough to make us happy.

– Dryden from Juvenal

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Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.

– Jesus (John 8:32)

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The mystery of life will still remain...Science, truly understood, is not the death but the birth of mystery, awe, and reverence.

– F.G. Donnan

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Duty is the sublimest work in the English language.

– R.E. Lee

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The strength of a man's virtue is not to be measured by the efforts he makes under pressure but by his ordinary conduct.

– Pascal

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Conduct is three-fourths of our life and its largest concern.

– Matthew Arnold

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All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.

– Edward Gibbon

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Never esteem anything as of advantage to thee that shall make thee break thy word or lose thy self-respect.

– Marcus Aurelius

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The only way to have a friend is to be one.

– R.W. Emerson

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What I spend I had; what I saved I lost; what I have I have.

– Ancient Epitaph

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If a man does not make new acquaintance, as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair.

– Samuel Johnson

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Hateful to me as are the gates of hell is he who, hiding one thing in his heart, utters another.

– Achilles in the Illiad

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Hier Stehe ich. Ich Kann nicht anders. Gott helf mir. Amen ( Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen)

– Martin Luther

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I shall never surrender or retreat...Victory or death.

– Travis at the Alamo

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Ils ne passeront pas. (They shall not pass)

– Petain at Verdun

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If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they are gone, and so hold on when there is nothing in you except the will which says to them “Hold on!”

– Rudyard Kipling

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I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country

– Nathan Hale

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I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards any one.

– Edith Cavell

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Homo svm: hvmani nil a me alienvm puto. (I am a man: nothing that affects man do I think foreign to me)

– Terence

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Sunt lacrimae rervm et mentem mortalia tangvnt. (There are tears for misfortune and what happens to man touches the heart)

– Virgil

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Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men

– The Angels at Bethlehem (Luke 2:14)

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Science and peace will triumph over ignorance and war.

– Pasteur

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They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

– Isaiah

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O wad some power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us! It wad frae monie a blunder free us An' foolish notion.

– Robert Burns

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If there's no meaning in it, said the King, that saves a world of trouble, you know as we needn't try to find any.

– Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carrol)

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Si l'object pour lequel on se d╗voue est une illusion, le devouement n'en est pas moins une r╗alite; et cette realite est las plus splendide parure don't l'homme puisse decorer sa mis└re morale. (If the object to which one devotes himself is an illusion, the devotion to it is none the less a reality; and this reality is the most splendid dress with which man can deck out his wretched state.)

– Anatole France

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Yet I doubt not through the ages one increasing purpose runs, and the thoughts of men are widened with the process of the suns.

– Tennyson

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12 May 1999
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