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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Samuel Smiles. (1816–1904) (continued)
      We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
Philip James Bailey. (1816–1905)
    Evil and good are God’s right hand and left.
          Festus. Proem.
    Art is man’s nature; nature is God’s art.
          Festus. Proem.
    Let each man think himself an act of God,
His mind a thought, his life a breath of God;
And let each try, by great thoughts and good deeds,
To show the most of Heaven he hath in him.
          Festus. Proem.
    Men might be better if we better deemed
Of them. The worst way to improve the world
Is to condemn it.
          Festus. Scene iv. A Mountain. Sunrise. 1 
    We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths;
In feelings, not in figures on a dial.
We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives
Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.
Life’s but a means unto an end; that end
Beginning, mean, and end to all things,—God.
          Festus. Scene v. A Country Town.
    Who never doubted never half believed 2 
Where doubt there truth is—’t is her shadow.
          Festus. Scene v. A Country Town.
    America thou half-brother of the world!
With something good and bad of every land.
          Festus. Scene x. Earth’s Surface.
Note 1.
J. R. Lowell: Biglow Papers, II, ii. St. 9.
The surest plan to make a man
Is to think him so. [back]
Note 2.
Tennyson: There lives more faith in honest doubt
Believe me, than in half the creeds. [back]