John Lubbock Quotes (35 Quotes)


    The whole value of solitude depends upon one's self it may be a sanctuary or a prison, a haven of repose or a place of punishment, a heaven or a hell, as we ourselves make it

    Those who have not distinguished themselves at school need not on that account be discouraged. The greatest minds do not necessarily ripen the quickest.

    Some words are like rays of sunshine, others like barbed arrows or the bite of a serpent. And if hard words cut so deep, how much pleasure can kind ones give.

    Do not be afraid of showing your affection. Be warm and tender, thoughtful and affectionate. Men are more helped By sympathy, than by service love is more than money, and A kind word will give more pleasure than a present.

    Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.


    If you have written a clever and conclusive, but scathing letter, keep it back till the next day, And it will very often never go at all.

    Reading and writing, arithmetic and grammar do not constitute education, any more than a knife, fork and spoon constitute a dinner.

    Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

    Happiness is a thing to be practiced, like the violin.

    The carnage and suffering which war entails are terrible to contemplate, and constitute an irresistible argument in favor of arbitration.

    A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.

    Many savage nations worship trees, and I really think my first feeling would be one of delight and interest rather than of surprise, if some day when I am alone in the woods one of the trees were to speak to me

    Marriage is a great responsibility. Do not trust altogether to, or be beguiled by, the eye, for marriages are not to be contracted by the hands and eye, but with reason and the heart.

    In truth, people can generally make time for what they choose to do it is not really the time but the will that is lacking

    If we succeed in giving the love of learning, the learning itself is sure to follow

    To do something, however small, to make others happier and better, is the highest ambition, the most elevating hope, which can inspire a human being.

    Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.

    If we are ever in doubt about what to do, it is a good rule to ask ourselves what we shall wish on the morrow that we had done.

    We often hear of people breaking down from overwork, but in nine out of ten they are really suffering from worry or anxiety.

    Be cautious, but not too cautious do not be too much Afraid of making a mistake a man who never makes a mistake will make nothing.

    I can but think that the world would be better and brighter if our teachers would dwell on the duty of happiness as well as the happiness of duty for we ought to be as bright and genial as we can, if only because to be cheerful ourselves is a most effectual contribution to the happiness of others.

    A wise system of education will at last teach us how little man yet knows, how much he has still to learn.

    The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.

    Many of the greatest men have owed their success to industry rather than to cleverness

    There is however, a true music of Nature - the song of the birds, the whisper of leaves, the ripple of waters upon a sandy shore, the wail of wind or sea.

    Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of Heaven.

    Our duty is to believe that for which we have sufficient evidence, and to suspend our judgment when we have not.

    Everyone must have felt that a cheerful friend is like a sunny day, which sheds its brightness on all around and most of us can, as we choose, make of this world either a palace or a prison

    The soul is, of course, the noblest part of man.

    A room without books is as a body without a soul.

    The requisites of health are plain enough regular habits, daily exercise, cleanliness, and moderation in all things - in eating as well as in drinking - would keep most people well.

    It is indeed astonishing how many great men have been poor.

    What we see depends mainly on what we look for.

    Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.

    When we have done our best, we should wait the result in peace.


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