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By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Ralph Inge

All faith consists essentially in the recognition of a world of spiritual values behind, yet not apart from, the world of natural phenomena.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Ralph Inge

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.

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William Ralph Inge

It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.

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William Ralph Inge

A man is never so truly and intensely himself as when he is most possessed by God. It is impossible to say where, in the spiritual life, the human will leaves off and divine grace begins.

By Anonym 15 Sep

William Ralph Inge

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.

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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

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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William Ralph Inge

Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.

By Anonym 15 Sep

William Ralph Inge

Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next.

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William Ralph Inge

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.

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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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

William Ralph Inge

The object of studying philosophy is to know one's own mind, not other peoples.

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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

In praising science, it does not follow that we must adopt the very poor philosophies which scientific men have constructed. In philosophy they have much more to learn than to teach.

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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

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

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William Ralph Inge

The church that is married to the spirit of this age, becomes a widow in the next.

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William Ralph Inge

Don't get up from the feast of life without paying for your share of 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

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.

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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

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

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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 soul is dyed by the color of its leisure hours.

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William Ralph Inge

Nature takes away any faculty that is not used.

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William Ralph Inge

The greatest obstacle to progress is not man's inherited pugnacity, but his incorrigible tendency to parasitism.

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William Ralph Inge

The effect of boredom on a large scale in history is underestimated. It is a main cause of revolutions, and would soon bring to an end all the static Utopias and the farmyard civilization of the Fabians.

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William Ralph Inge

It is becoming impossible for those who mix at all with their fellow-men to believe that the grace of God is distributed denominationally.

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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

Action is the normal completion of the act of will which begins as prayer. That action is not always external, but it is always some kind of effective energy.

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William Ralph Inge

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

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William Ralph Inge

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

William Ralph Inge

Lutheranism is essentially German... It worships a God who is neither just nor merciful.

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William Ralph Inge

Faith is an act of rational choice, which determines us to act as if certain things were true, and in the confident expectation that they will prove to be true.

By Anonym 15 Sep

William Ralph Inge

True faith is belief in the reality of absolute values.

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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

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

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William Ralph Inge

The vulgar mind always mistakes the exceptional for the important.

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William Ralph Inge

We tolerate shapes in human beings that would horrify us if we saw them in a horse.

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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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

William Ralph Inge

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

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William Ralph Inge

The Devil deserves zero tolerance.

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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.

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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

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

All human love is a holy thing, the holiest thing in our experience.

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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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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

There is no law of progress. Our future is in our own hands, to make or to mar. It will be an uphill fight to the end, and would we have it otherwise? Let no one suppose that evolution will ever exempt us from struggles. 'You forget,' said the Devil, with a chuckle, 'that I have been evolving too.