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    The enemies of freedom do not argue; they shout and they shoot.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: enemies  freedom  enemy 
     
    The jealous man is so preoccupied with what he hasn't got that he fails to appreciate the value of what he has got. He loses the ability to feel glad because the sun is shining. He doesn't see the wonder and the newness of the beginning of spring.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: men  value  wonder  appreciate  fail 
     
    Experience is a good teacher, but her fees are very high.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: experience 
     
    I think middle-age is the best time, if we can escape the fatty degeneration of the conscience which often sets in at about fifty.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: time  conscience 
     
    To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: philosophy 
     
    Originality is undetected plagiarism.
    — William Ralph Inge
    Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: literature 
     
    I have never understood why it should be considered derogatory to the Creator to suppose that he has a sense of humour.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: humour 
     
    The church that is married to the spirit of this age, becomes a widow in the next.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: age  church  spirit 
     
    Philosophy means thinking things out for oneself. Ultimately, there can be only one true philosophy, since reason is one and we all live in the same world.
    — William Ralph Inge
    The command, 'Be fruitful and multiply', was promulgated, according to our authorities, when the population of the world consisted of two persons.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: world  authority 
     
    Faith begins as an experiment, and ends as an experience.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: experience  faith 
     
    No word in our language - not even "Socialism" - has been employed more loosely than "Mysticism." The history of the word begins in close connexion with the Greek mysteries. A mystic is one who has been, or is being, initiated into some esoteric knowledge of Divine things, about which he must keep his mouth shut.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: mystery  language  divine 
     
    What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.
    — William Ralph Inge
    Democracy is only an experiment in government, and it has the obvious disadvantage of merely counting votes instead of weighing them.
    — William Ralph Inge
    Don't break the silence unless you can improve on it.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: silence 
     
    Take away fear, and the battle of Freedom is half won.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: fear  freedom  battle 
     
    The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: people 
     
    It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: opinion 
     
    The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: value  facts  education 
     
    We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: animals  human  creation  doubt  devil 
     
    Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: worries 
     
    The world belongs to those who think and act with it, who keep a finger on its pulse.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: world 
     
    Civilization is being poisoned by its own waste products.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: civilization 
     
    In imperialism nothing fails like success. If the conqueror oppresses his subjects, they will become fanatical patriots, and sooner or later have their revenge; if he treats them well, and governs them for their good, they will multiply faster than their rulers, till they claim their independence.
    — William Ralph Inge
    Many people believe that they are attracted by God, or by Nature, when they are only repelled by man.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: nature  men  people  believe  god 
     
    The great discovery of the nineteenth century, that we are of one blood with the lower animals, has created new ethical obligations which have not yet penetrated the public conscience. The clerical profession has been lamentably remiss in preaching this obvious duty.
    — William Ralph Inge
    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.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: men  fools 
     
    The right use of leisure is no doubt a harder problem than the right use of our working hours. The soul is dyed the color of its leisure thoughts.
    — William Ralph Inge
    Joy is the triumph of life; it is the sign that we are living our true life as spiritual beings.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: joy  living  true  spiritual 
     
    Gambling is a disease of barbarians superficially civilized.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: gambling 
     
    Religion is caught, not taught.
    — William Ralph Inge
    Bereavement is the deepest initiation into the mysteries of human life, an initiation more searching and profound than even happy love.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: mystery  human  searching 
     
    The whole of nature, as has been said, is a conjugation of the verb to eat, in the active and in the passive.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: nature 
     
    Prayer gives a man the opportunity of getting to know a gentleman he hardly ever meets. I do not mean his maker, but himself.
    — William Ralph Inge
    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.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: time  live  world  soul  real  god  thinking 
     
    A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he cannot sit on it.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: men 
     
    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.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: truth  reality  world 
     
    No Christian can be a pessimist, for Christianity is a system of radical optimism.
    — William Ralph Inge
    Deliberate cruelty to our defenceless and beautiful little cousins is surely one of the meanest and most detestable vices of which a human being can be guilty.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: beautiful  human  cruelty 
     
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