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James A. Froude Quotes

(1818-1894), British Historian

As we advance in life we learn the limits of our abilities.

Category: Ability

The practical effect of a belief is the real test of its soundness.

Category: Belief

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.

Category: Character

Human improvement is from within outward.

Category: Character

No person is ever good for much, that hasn't been swept off their feet by enthusiasm between ages twenty and thirty.

Category: Enthusiasm

The essence of greatness is neglect of the self.

Category: Greatness

The first duty of an historian is to be on guard against his own sympathies.

Category: History And Historians

The secret of a person's nature lies in their religion and what they really believes about the world and their place in it.

Category: Humankind

Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.

Category: Humankind

Our human laws are more or less imperfect copies of the external laws as we see them.

Category: Law And Lawyers

We enter the world alone, we leave the world alone.

Category: Loneliness

The better one is morally the less aware they are of their virtue.

Category: Morality

Philosophy goes no further than probabilities, and in every assertion keeps a doubt in reserve.

Category: Philosophers And Philosophy

A person possessed with an idea cannot be reasoned with.

Category: Reason

In everyday things the law of sacrifice takes the form of positive duty.

Category: Sacrifice