Nothing that was worthy in the past departs; no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die.
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- The true past departs not, no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die; but all is still here, and, recognized or not, lives and works through endless change.
- No sooner does a great man depart, and leave his character as public property, than a crowd of little men rushes towards it. There they are gathered together, blinking up to it with such vision as they have, scanning it from afar, hovering round it this way and that, each cunningly endeavoring, by all arts, to catch some reflex of it in the little mirror of himself.
- For all right judgment of any man or things it is useful, nay, essential, to see his good qualities before pronouncing on his bad.
- The whole past is the procession of the present.
- The past is all holy to us; the dead are all holy; even they that were wicked when alive.
- The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully.