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Great Quotes from British Writers and Thinkers

British philosophy and high literature left an undeletable stamp on western civilization. Below is a a collection of great quotes from influential British writers and thinkers.
"All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost." J. R. R. Tolkien

"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none." William Shakespeare

"If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties." Francis Bacon

"Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them." David Hume

"We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse." Rudyard Kipling

"History isn't just the story of bad people doing bad things. It's quite as much a story of people trying to do good things. But somehow, something goes wrong." C. S. Lewis

"One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests." John Stuart Mill

"No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable." Adam Smith

"There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart." Jane Austen

"Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it." Agatha Christie

"Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom." Francis Bacon

"A purpose, an intention, a design, strikes everywhere even the careless, the most stupid thinker." David Hume

"If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there." Lewis Carroll

"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them." William Shakespeare

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." J. R. R. Tolkien

"I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free." Charles Dickens

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