Quotes by W. Winwood Reade

W. Winwood Reade

British historian, explorer, and philosopher

Alive from: 1838-1875

Category: History and sociology | Philosophers

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    A religion so cheerless, a philosophy so sorrowful, could never have succeeded with the masses of mankind if presented only as a system of metaphysics. Buddhism owed its success to its catholic spirit and its beautiful morality.
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    Artistic genius is an expansion of monkey imitativeness.
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    If we look into ourselves we discover propensities which declare that our intellects have arisen from a lower form; could our minds be made visible we should find them tailed.
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    The philosophic spirit of inquiry may be traced to brute curiosity, and that to the habit of examining all things in search of food.
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    We live between two worlds; we soar in the atmosphere; we creep upon the soil; we have the aspirations of creators and the propensities of quadrupeds. There can be but one explanation of this fact. We are passing from the animal into a higher form, and the drama of this planet is in its second act.
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