Benjamin Jowett quotes

There is a great deal of hard lying in the world; especially among people whose characters are above suspicion. —Benjamin Jowett



The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them.—Benjamin Jowett


Learning obscures as well as illustrates; it heaps up chaff when there is no more wheat. —Benjamin Jowett


The metaphysical philosopher from his point of view recognizes mathematics as an instrument of education, which strengthens the power of attention, develops the sense of order and the faculty of construction, and enables the mind to grasp under the simple formulae the quantitative differences of physical phenomena.—Benjamin Jowett


Young men make great mistakes in life; for one thing, they idealize love too much.—Benjamin Jowett



Learn just enough of the subject [metaphysics] to enable your mind to get rid of it.—Benjamin Jowett


One man is as good as another until he has written a book.—Benjamin Jowett



My dear child, you must believe in God despite what the clergy tells you.—Benjamin Jowett



To teach a man how he may learn to grow independently, and for himself, is perhaps the greatest service that one man can do another.—Benjamin Jowett


I am not blaming the past. … But I want the peace of God to settle on the future. —Benjamin Jowett



It is most important in this world to be pushing, but it is fatal to seem so.—Benjamin Jowett


Atheism or similar charges was not unusual among intellectuals, nor condemned by the masses. The prize-winning plays of Aristophanes were not merely atheist, but made fun of the gods and their prophets and oracles. —Benjamin Jowett


There is a serious defect in the thinking of someone who wants – more than anything else – to become rich. As long as they don’t have the money, it’ll seem like a worthwhile goal. Once they do, they’ll understand how important other things are – and have always been.—Benjamin Jowett


Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl.—Benjamin Jowett



Don’t spare; don’t drudge.—Benjamin Jowett



Logic is neither a science nor an art, but a dodge. —Benjamin Jowett



Plato’s dialogues bear at least some similarities to the classical plays. —Benjamin Jowett



Nowhere probably is there more true feeling, and nowhere worse taste, than in a churchyard – both as regards the monuments and the inscriptions. Scarcely a word of true poetry anywhere. —Benjamin Jowett



We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique.—Benjamin Jowett



Research! A mere excuse for idleness; it has never achieved, and will never achieve any results of the slightest value.—Benjamin Jowett



Grace is an energy; not a mere sentiment; not a mere thought of the Almighty; not even a word of the Almighty. It is as real an energy as the energy of electricity. It is a divine energy; it is the energy of the divine affection rolling in plenteousness toward the shores of human need. —Benjamin Jowett



If you don’t find a God by five o’clock this afternoon you must leave the college. —Benjamin Jowett



Doubt comes in at the window, when Inquiry is denied at the door.—Benjamin Jowett



You’ve got to be success minded. You’ve got to feel that things are coming your way when you’re out selling; otherwise, you won’t be able to sell anything.—Benjamin Jowett



Precautions are always blamed. When successful they are said to be unnecessary. —Benjamin Jowett



We can’t search or attain well being, wealth, studying, justice or kindness usually. Action is all the time particular, concrete, individualized, distinctive. —Benjamin Jowett



All translation is a compromise – the effort to be literal and the effort to be idiomatic. —Benjamin Jowett



Jowett, in his day, did probably more than any other single man to let some fresh air into the exhausted atmosphere of the [Oxford] common rooms, and to widen the intellectual horizons of the place.—Benjamin Jowett




We Barbie dolls are not supposed to behave the way I do.—Benjamin Jowett



[The office of the interpreter] is to read Scripture like any other book.—Benjamin Jowett



I hope our young men will not grow into such dodgers as these old men are. I believe everything that a young man says to me.—Benjamin Jowett



Give the clergy your sympathy; don’t give them anything else.—Benjamin Jowett



The achievements which society rewards are won at the cost of diminution of personality.—Benjamin Jowett



Jowett, in his day, did probably more than any other single man to let some fresh air into the exhausted atmosphere of the [Oxford] common rooms, and to widen the intellectual horizons of the place.—Benjamin Jowett


First come I. My name is J–W–TT.

There’s no knowledge but I know it.

I am the Master of this College,

What I don’t know isn’t knowledge.
—Benjamin Jowett

The [Oxford tourist] guide would begin: “This, ladies and gentlemen, is Balliol College, one of the very holdest in the huniversity, and famous for the herudition of its scholars. The ‘ead of Balliol College is called the Master. The present Master of Balliol is the celebrated Professor Benjamin Jowett, Regius Professor of Greek. Those are Professor Jowett’s study-windows, and there” (here the ruffian would stoop down, take up a handful of gravel and throw it against the panes, bringing poor Jowett, livid with fury, to the window) “ladies and gentlemen, is Professor Benjamin Jowett himself.” —Benjamin Jowett



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