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William Ralph Inge

True faith is belief in the reality of absolute values.

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William Ralph Inge

The wise man is he who knows the relative value of things.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Ralph Inge

But the instinct of hoarding, like all other instincts, tends to become hypertrophied and perverted; and with the institution of private property comes another institution-that of plunder and brigandage. In private life, no motive of action is at present so powerful and so persistent as acquisitiveness, which unlike most other desires, knows no satiety. The average man is rich enough when he has a little more than he has got, and not till then.

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William Ralph Inge

The vulgar mind always mistakes the exceptional for the important.

By Anonym 14 Sep

William Ralph Inge

The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.

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William Ralph Inge

In dealing with Englishmen you can be sure of one thing only, that the logical solution will not be adopted.

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William Ralph Inge

We must cut our coat according to our cloth, and adapt ourselves to changing circumstances.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Ralph Inge

I have never understood why it should be considered derogatory to the Creator to suppose that he has a sense of humour.

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William Ralph Inge

Boredom is a certain sign that we are allowing our faculties to rust in idleness.

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William Ralph Inge

There are no rewards or punishments - only consequences.

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William Ralph Inge

The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.

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William Ralph Inge

Every institution not only carries within it the seeds of its own dissolution, but prepares the way for its most hated rival.

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William Ralph Inge

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

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William Ralph Inge

We should think of the church as an orchestra in which the different churches play on different instruments while a Divine Conductor calls the tune.

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William Ralph Inge

Each generation takes a special pleasure in removing the household gods of its parents from their pedestals, and consigning them to the cupboard.

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William Ralph Inge

Let us remember, when we are inclined to be disheartened, that the private soldier is a poor judge of the fortunes of a great battle.

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William Ralph Inge

Beneath the dingy uniformity of international fashions in dress, man remains what he has always been; a splendid fighting animal, a self-sacrificing hero, and a blood thirsty savage.

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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.

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William Ralph Inge

Democracy is only an experiment in government, and it has the obvious disadvantage of merely counting votes instead of weighing them.

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William Ralph Inge

The strongest wish of a vast number of earnest men and women to-day is for a basis of religious belief which shall rest, not upon tradition or external authority or historical evidence, but upon the ascertainable facts of human experience. The craving for immediacy, which we have seen to be characteristic of all mysticism, now takes the form of a desire to establish the validity of the God-consciousness as a normal part of the healthy inner life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Ralph Inge

If the universe is running down like a clock, the clock must have been wound up at a date which we could name if we knew it. The world, if it is to have an end in time, must have had a beginning in time.

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William Ralph Inge

A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he cannot sit on it.

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William Ralph Inge

The statistics of suicide show that, for non-combatants at least, life is more interesting in war than in peace.

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William Ralph Inge

There is no limit to the noble aspirations which the words "my country" may evoke.

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William Ralph Inge

Faith always contains an element of risk, of venture; and we are impelled to make the venture by the affinity and attraction which we feel in ourselves.

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William Ralph Inge

The world belongs to those who think and act with it, who keep a finger on its pulse.

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William Ralph Inge

If we feel that any habit or pursuit, harmless in itself, is keeping us from God and sinking us deeper in the things of earth; if we find that things which others can do with impunity are for us the occasion of falling, then abstinence is our only course. Abstinence alone can recover for us the real value of what should have been for our help but which has been an occasion of falling. ... It is necessary that we should steadily resolve to give up anything that comes between ourselves and God.

By Anonym 14 Sep

William Ralph Inge

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.

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William Ralph Inge

The happy people are those who are producing something.

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William Ralph Inge

The wealth of a soul is measured by how much it can feel; its poverty by how little.

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William Ralph Inge

The whole of creation, with all of its laws, is a revelation of God.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Ralph Inge

Beautiful thoughts hardly bring us to God until they are acted upon. No one can have a true idea of right until he does it.

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William Ralph Inge

Joy is the triumph of life; it is the sign that we are living our true life as spiritual beings.

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William Ralph Inge

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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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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

William Ralph Inge

The church is only a secular institution in which the half-educated speak to the half-converted.

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William Ralph Inge

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

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William Ralph Inge

The whole of nature, as has been said, is a conjugation of the verb to eat, in the active and in the passive.

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William Ralph Inge

For better or worse, man is the tool-using animal, and as such he has become the lord of creation. When he is lord also of himself, he will deserve his self-chosen title homo sapiens.

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William Ralph Inge

Civilization is being poisoned by its own waste products.

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William Ralph Inge

Man will never be entirely willing to give up this world for the next nor the next world for this.

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William Ralph Inge

When our first parents were driven out of Paradise, Adam is believed to have remarked to Eve, "My dear, we live in an age of transition.

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William Ralph Inge

Faith is an act of self-consecration, in which the will, the intellect, and the affections all have their place.

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William Ralph Inge

What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.

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William Ralph Inge

Many people believe that they are attracted by God, or by Nature, when they are only repelled by man.

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William Ralph Inge

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

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William Ralph Inge

The happy people are those who are producing something; the bored people are those who are consuming much and producing nothing.

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William Ralph Inge

Christianity promises to make men free; it never promises to make them independent.

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William Ralph Inge

My dear, we live in an age of transition.

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William Ralph Inge

A cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, which is more than can be said for human beings.