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among our old ones. We should have patience and see
whether the incohcrcncy is likely to wear off or to wear on,
in which latter case the sooner we get rid of them the better.

An Apology for the Devil

It must be remembered that \ve have only heard one side
of the case. God has written all the books.


When we exclaim so triumphantly " Hallelujah ! for the
Lord God omnipotent reigneth " we only mean that we think
no small beer of ourselves, that our God is a much greater
God than any one else's God, that he was our father's God
before us, and that it is all right, respectable and as it should


It does not matter much what a man hates provided he
hates something.

Hamlet, Don Quixote, Mr. Pickwick and others

The great characters of fiction live as truly as the memories
of dead men. For the life after death it is not necessary that
a man or woman should have lived.


The evil that men do lives after them. Yes, and a good
deal of the evil that they never did as well.

Science and Business

The best class of scientific mind is the same as the best
class of business mind. The great desideratum in either case
is to know how much evidence is enough to warrant action.
It is as unbusiness-like to want too much evidence before
buying or selling as to be content with too little. The same
kind of qualities are wanted in either case. The difference is