Though a linguist should pride himself to have all the tongues that Babel cleft the world into, yet if he had not studied the solid things in them, as well as the words and lexicons, he were nothing so much to be esteemed a learned man as any yeoman competently wise in his mother dialect only. Milton.
I cannot but think as Aristotle (lib. 6) did of Thales and Anaxagoras, that they may be learned but not wise, or wise but not prudent, when they are ignorant of such things as are profitable to them. For suppose they know the wonders of Nature and the subtleties of metaphysics and operations mathematical, yet they cannot be prudent who spend themselves wholly upon unprofitable and ineffective contemplation. Jeremey Tayor.
The people, sir, are not always right.The people, Mr. Grey, are not often wrong.
Chains are worse than bayonets. Douglas Jerrold.
Hadst thou known what freedom was, thou wouldst advise us to defend it not with swords but with axes. Spartans to the Great King's Satrap.Mr. president and brothers of the P. B. K.: A hundred years ago our society was planted,--a slip from the older root in Virginia. The parent seed, tradition says, was French,--part of that conspiracy for free speech whose leaders prated democracy in the salons, while they carefully held on to the flesh-pots of society by crouching low to kings and their mistresses, and whose final object of assault was Christianity itself. Voltaire gave the watchword,
Crush the wretch.
Écrasez l'infame.No matter how much or how little truth there may be in the tradition; no matter what was the origin or what was the object of our society, if it had any special one,--both are long since forgotten. We stand now simply a representative of free, brave, American scholarship. I emphasize American scholarship.