Doing is the great thing, for if people resolutely do what is right, they come in time to like doing it.
How long most people would look at the best book before they would give the price of a large turbot for it?
Nearly all the powerful people of this age are unbelievers, the best of them in doubt and misery, the most in plodding hesitation, doing as well as they can, what practical work lies at hand.
The first duty of government is to see that people have food, fuel, and clothes. The second, that they have means of moral and intellectual education.
No small misery is caused by overworked and unhappy people, in the dark views which they necessarily take up themselves, and force upon others, of work itself.
I am far more provoked at being thought foolish by foolish people, than pleased at being thought sensible by sensible people; and the average proportion of the numbers of each is not to my advantage.