Richard Whately Quotes

The best security against revolution is in constant correction of abuses and the introduction of needed improvements. It is the neglect of timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary.

A man is called selfish, not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor’s.

It is generally true that all that is required to make men unmindful of what they owe God for any blessing is that they should receive that blessing often and regularly.

A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them a fortune.

“Honesty is the best policy,” but he who acts on that principle is not an honest man.

Curiosity is as much the parent of attention, as attention is of memory.

It is folly to expect men to do all that they may reasonably be expected to do.

The heathen mythology not only was not true, but it was not even supported as true; it not only deserved no faith, but it demanded none. The very pretension to truth, the very demand of faith, were characteristics of Christianity.

Weak arguments are often thrust before my path; but although they are most unsubstantial, it is not easy to destroy them. There is not a more difficult feat known than to cut through a cushion with a sword.

Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument.