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Charles Kingsley Quotes

The loveliest fairy in the world; and her name is Mrs Do as you would bed one by.
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Never, if possible, lie down at night without being able to say: I have made one human being at least a little wiser, or a little happier, or at least a little better this day.

— Charles Kingsley

Feelings are like chemicals, the more you analyze them the worse they smell.

— Charles Kingsley

In fact, the fairies had turned him into a water-baby.
A water-baby?  You never heard of a water-baby.  Perhaps not.  That is the very reason why this story was written. 
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"But there are no such things as water-babies."
How do you know that?  Have you been there to see?  And if you had been there to see, and had seen none, that would not prove that there were none.  If Mr. Garth does not find a fox in Eversley Wood-as folks sometimes fear he never will-that does not prove that there are no such things as foxes.  And as is Eversley Wood to all the woods in England, so are the waters we know to all the waters in the world.  And no one has a right to say that no water-babies exist, till they have seen no water-babies existing; which is quite a different thing, mind, from not seeing water-babies; and a thing which nobody ever did, or perhaps ever will do.

— Charles Kingsley

He was one of those men who possess almost every gift, except the gift of the power to use them.

— Charles Kingsley

Did it ever strike you that goodness is not merely a beautiful thing, but by far the most beautiful thing in the whole world? So that nothing is to be compared for value with goodness; that riches, honor, power, pleasure, learning, the whole world and all in it, are not worth having in comparison with being good; and the utterly best thing for a person is to be good, even though they were never to be rewarded for it.

— Charles Kingsley

We shall be made truly wise if we be made content; content, too, not only with what we can understand, but content with what we do not understand-the habit of mind which theologians call, and rightly, faith in God.

— Charles Kingsley

And no one has the right to say that no water-babies exist, till they have seen no water-babies existing; which is quite a different thing, mind, from not seeing water-babies; and a thing which nobody ever did, or perhaps will ever do. But surely ... they would have put it into spirits, or into the Illustrated News, or perhaps cut it into two halves, poor dear little thing, and sent one to Professor Owen, and one to Professor Huxley, to see what they would each say about it.

— Charles Kingsley

There will be no true freedom without virtue, no true science without religion, no true industry without the fear of God and love to your fellow citizens.

— Charles Kingsley

The loveliest fairy in the world; and her name is Mrs Do as you would bed one by.

— Charles Kingsley

I believe not only in "special providences," but in the whole universe as one infinite complexity of "special providences.

— Charles Kingsley

Possession means to sit astride the world Instead of having it astride of you.

— Charles Kingsley

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