Cardinal John Henry Newman Quotes (12 quotations)

1. A great memory does not make a mind, any more than a dictionary is a piece of literature. - Cardinal John Henry Newman

2. A great memory is never made synonymous with wisdom, any more than a dictionary would be called a treatise. - Cardinal John Henry Newman

3. A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault. - Cardinal John Henry Newman

4. Ability is sexless. - Cardinal John Henry Newman

5. Evil has no substance of its own, but is only the defect, excess, perversion, or corruption of that which has substance. - Cardinal John Henry Newman

6. Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning. - Cardinal John Henry Newman

7. Half the controversies in the world are verbal ones; and could they be brought to a plain issue they would be brought to a prompt termination. Parties engaged in them would then perceive either that in substance they agreed together, or that their difference was one of first principles. We need not dispute, we need not prove, we need but define. At all events, let us, if we can, do this first of all and then see who are left for us to dispute; what is left for us to prove. - Cardinal John Henry Newman

8. In this world no one rules by love; if you are but amiable, you are no hero; to be powerful, you must be strong, and to have dominion you must have a genius for organizing. - Cardinal John Henry Newman

9. Let us take things as we find them: let us not attempt to distort them into what they are not... We cannot make facts. All our wishing cannot change them. We must use them. - Cardinal John Henry Newman

10. Nothing would be done at all if one waited until one could do it so well that no one could find fault with it. - Cardinal John Henry Newman

11. The love of our private friends is the only preparatory exercise for the love of all men. - Cardinal John Henry Newman

12. Virtue is its own reward, and brings with it the truest and highest pleasure; but if we cultivate it only for pleasure's sake, we are selfish, not religious, and will never gain the pleasure, because we can never have the virtue. - Cardinal John Henry Newman

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