Albert Pike

American attorney, soldier, writer, and Freemason

Lived from: 1809-1891

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Albert Pike

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    A man should live with his superiors as he does with his fire: not too near, lest he burn; nor too far off, lest he freeze.
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    A war for a great principle ennobles a nation.
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    Above all things let us never forget that mankind constitutes one great brotherhood; all born to encounter suffering and sorrow, and therefore bound to sympathize with each other.
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    Action is greater than writing. A good man is a nobler object of contemplation than a great author. There are but two things worth living for: to do what is worthy of being written; and to write what is worthy of being read; and the
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    Almost all the noblest things that have been achieved in the world, have been achieved by poor men; poor scholars, poor professional men, poor artisans and artists, poor philosophers, poets, and men of genius.
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    But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
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    Doubt, the essential preliminary of all improvement and discovery, must accompany the stages of man's onward progress. The faculty of doubting and questioning, without which those of comparison and judgment would be useless, is itself a divine prerogative of the reason.
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    Faith begins where Reason sinks exhausted.
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    One man is equivalent to all Creation. One man is a World in miniature.
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    Philosophy is a kind of journey, ever learning yet never arriving at the ideal perfection of truth.
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    The eyes of the cheerful and of the melancholy man are fixed upon the same creation; but very different are the aspects which it bears to them.
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    The sovereignty of one's self over one's self is called Liberty.
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    The universal medicine for the Soul is the Supreme Reason and Absolute Justice; for the mind, mathematical and practical Truth; for the body, the Quintessence, a combination of light and gold.
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    To work with the hands or brain, according to our requirements and our capacities, to do that which lies before us to do, is more honorable than rank and title.
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    War is a series of catastrophes which result in victory.
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