Philip Gilbert Hamerton Quotes

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Philip Gilbert Hamerton Quotes

Society is, and must be, based upon appearances, and not upon the deepest appearances, and not realities.
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Let your rest be perfect in its season, like the rest of waters that are still. If you will have a model or your living, take neither the stars, for they fly without ceasing, nor the ocean that ebbs and flows, nor the river that cannot stay, but rather let your life be like that of the summer air, which has times of noble energy and times of perfect peace. It fills the sails of ships upon the sea, and the miller thanks it on the breezy uplands; it works generously for the health and wealth of all men, yet it claims it hours of rest.. I have pushed the fleet, I have turned the mill, I have refreshed the city, and now though the captain may walk impatiently on the quarter-deck, and the miller swear, and the city stink, I will stir no more until it pleases me.

— Philip Gilbert Hamerton

Have you ever observed that we pay much more attention to a wise passage when it is quoted than when we read it in the original author?

— Philip Gilbert Hamerton

The one mistake which is committed habitually by people who have the gift of half-genius, is waiting for inspiration.

— Philip Gilbert Hamerton

All that we have read and learned, all that has occupied and interested us in the thoughts and deeds of men abler or wiser than ourselves, constitutes at last a spiritual society of which we can never be deprived, for it rests in the heart and soul of the man who has acquired it.

— Philip Gilbert Hamerton

Few of us have been so exceptionally unfortunate as not to find, in our own age, some experienced friend who has helped us by precious counsel, never to be forgotten. We cannot render it in kind, but perhaps in the fulness of time it may become our noblest duty to aid another as we have ourselves been aided, and to transmit to him an invaluable treasure, the tradition of the intellectual life.

— Philip Gilbert Hamerton

Of all intellectual friendships, none are so beautiful as those which subsist between old and ripe men and their younger brethren in science or literature or art. It is, by these private friendships, even more than by public performance, that the tradition of sound thinking and great doing is perpetuated from age to age.

— Philip Gilbert Hamerton

Never be afraid of What is good; the good is always the road to what is true.

— Philip Gilbert Hamerton

Society is, and must be, based upon appearances, and not upon the deepest appearances, and not realities.

— Philip Gilbert Hamerton

As there is no pleasure in military life for a soldier who fears death, so there is no independence in civil existence for the man who has an overpowering dread of solitude.

— Philip Gilbert Hamerton

Woe unto him that is never alone, and cannot bear to be alone.

— Philip Gilbert Hamerton

You may have a cat in the room with you without anxiety about anything except eatables. The presence of a cat is positively soothing to a student.

— Philip Gilbert Hamerton

What delights us in the spring is more a sensation than an appearance, more a hope than any visible reality. There is something in the softness of the air, in the lengthening of the days, in the very sounds and odors of the sweet time, that caresses us and consoles us after the rigorous weeks of winter.

— Philip Gilbert Hamerton

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