Julius Hare

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Julius Charles Hare (13 September 1795 – 3 January 1855) was an English theological writer.



Guesses at Truth (1827)

Julius Charles Hare and Augustus William Hare, Guesses at Truth (London: Macmillan and Co., 1871). Contributions by Julius are indicated by the initial U. Contributions by Augustus, which in the first edition were considered by Julius the main substance of the book, are without any special sign of authorship.
  • If then I am addressing one of that numerous class, who read to be told what to think, let me advise you to meddle with the book no further. You wish to buy a house ready furnished: do not come to look for it in a stonequarry. But if you are building up your opinions for yourself, and only want to be provided with materials, you may meet with many things in these pages to suit you.
    • To the Reader, p. xiii.
  • Half the failures in life arise from pulling in one's horse as he is leaping.
    • p. 156.
  • A Faith that sets bounds to itself, that will believe so much and no more, that will trust thus far and no further, is none. It is only Doubt taking a nap in an elbow chair. The husband, whose scepticism is prurient enough to contemplate the possibility of his wife's proving false, richly deserves that she should do so.
    • p. 206.
  • A weak mind sinks under prosperity, as well as under adversity.
    • pp. 209–210.
  • The only way of setting the Will free is to deliver it from wilfulness.
    • p. 262.
  • Neither in science itself, nor in that lower class of the arts which arise out of its practical application, has any individual work an enduring ultimate value, unless from its execution; and this would be altogether independent of its scientific value, and would belong to it solely as a work of art. In science its main worth is temporary, as a stepping-stone to something beyond. Even the Principia, as Newton, with characteristic modesty entitled his great work, is truly but the beginning of a natural philosophy, and no more an ultimate work than Watt's steam-engine or Arkwright's spinning-machine. It may have a lasting interest from its execution, or from accidental circumstances, over and above its scientific value: but, as a scientific treatise it was sure to be superseded; just as the mechanical inventions of one generation, whatever ingenuity they may betoken at the time, are superseded and thrown into the background by those of another. Thus in science there is a continual progress, a pushing onward: no ground is lost; and the lines keep on advancing. We know all that our ancestors knew, and more: the gain is clear, palpable, indisputable. The discoveries made by former ages have become a permanent portion of human knowledge, and serve as a stable groundwork to build fresh discoveries atop of them: as these in their turn will build up another story, and this again another.
    • p. 326–327.
  • A lawyer's brief will be brief, before a freethinker thinks freely.
    • p. 483.
  • Be what you are. This is the first step towards becoming better than you are.
    • p. 502.
  • The craving for sympathy is the common boundary-line between joy and sorrow.
    • p. 530.
  • Nothing is further from Earth than Heaven: nothing is nearer than Heaven to Earth.
    • p. 563.
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