14 Total Quotes

R. Inge Quotes

Originality is undetected plagiarism.
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#Originality

Originality, I fear, is too often only undetected and frequently unconscious plagiarism
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#Fear

The nations which have put mankind and posterity most in their debt have been small states Israel, Athens, Florence, Elizabethan England
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#Athens

It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own.
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#Wisdom

Consciousness is a phase of mental life which arises in connection with the formation of new habits. When habit is formed, consciousness only interferes to spoil our performance.
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#Consciousness

We are distressed because our churches are half empty; and many of them would be emptier if the Gospel were preached in them
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#Churches

Prayer gives a man the opportunity of getting to know a gentleman he hardly ever meets. I do not mean his maker, but himself.
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#Gentleman

No Christian can be a pessimist, for Christianity is a system of radical optimism.
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#Christian

Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant for anyone who is not content to be the average man
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#Anonymous

Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art.
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#Art

A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbours.
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#Ancestry

The soul is dyed by the color of its leisure hours
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#Color

Civilization is being poisoned by its own waste products
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#Civilization

There are two kinds of fools: one says, "This is old, therefore it is good"; the other says, "This is new, therefore it is better
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#Fools And Foolishness