John Woolman quote

"Conduct is more convincing than language."

John Woolman

Born: October 19, 1720

Die: October 7, 1772

Occupation: Merchant

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John Woolman

Conduct is more convincing than language.

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John Woolman

I believe that where the love of God is perfected and the true spirit of government watchfully attended to, a tenderness toward all creatures will be experienced, and a care felt in us that we do not lessen...

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John Woolman

May we look upon our treasure, the furniture of our houses, and our garments, and try to discover whether the seeds of war have nourishment in these our possessions.

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John Woolman

All this time I lived with my parents, and wrought on the plantation; and having had schooling pretty well for a planter, I used to improve myself in winter evenings, and other leisure times.

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John Woolman

My own will and desires were now very much broken, and my heart was with much earnestness turned to the Lord, to whom alone I looked for help in the dangers before me.

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John Woolman

If kind parents love their children and delight in their happiness, then he who is perfect goodness in sending abroad mortal contagions doth assuredly direct their use.

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John Woolman

To say we love God as unseen and at the same time exercise cruelty toward the least creature moving by His life or by life derived from Him, was a contradiction in itself.

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John Woolman

I find that to be a fool as to worldly wisdom, and to commit my cause to God, not fearing to offend men, who take offence at the simplicity of truth, is the only way to remain unmoved at the sentiments...

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John Woolman

My heart hath often been deeply afflicted under a feeling that the standard of pure righteousness is not lifted up to the people by us, as a society, in that clearness which it might have been, had we...

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John Woolman

After I had given up to go, the thoughts of the journey were often attended with unusual sadness, at which times my heart was frequently turned to the Lord with inward breathings for his heavenly support,...

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John Woolman

When men take pleasure in feeling their minds elevated with strong drink, and so indulge their appetite as to disorder their understandings, neglect their duty as members of a family or civil society,...

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John Woolman

Be careful that the love of gain draw us not into any business which may weaken our love of our Heavenly Father, or bring unnecessary trouble to any of His creatures.

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John Woolman

Now I find that in pure obedience the mind learns contentment, in appearing weak and foolish to the wisdom which is of this World; and in these lowly labors, they who stand in a low place, rightly exercised...

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John Woolman

There is a principle which is pure, placed in the human mind, which in different places and ages hath had different names. It is, however, pure and proceeds from God. It is deep and inward, confined to...

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John Woolman

To Turn all the treasures we possess into the channel of universal love becomes the business of our lives.

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John Woolman

While I meditate on the gulf towards which I travelled, and reflect on my youthful disobedience, for these things I weep, mine eye runneth down with water.

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Conduct is more convincing than language.

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Raymond Mortimer

Tact is the art of convincing people that they know more than you do.

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Lord Acton

Character is tested by true sentiments more than by conduct. A man is seldom better than his word.

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Thomas John Barnardo

Character is better than ancestry, and personal conduct is more important than the highest parentage.

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Friedrich Nietzsche

Partial knowledge is more triumphant than complete knowledge; it takes things to be simpler than they are, and so makes its theory more popular and convincing.

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Jurgen Habermas

Disappointment over nationalistic authoritarian regimes may have contributed to the fact that today religion offers a new and subjectively more convincing language for old political orientations.

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Stephen Fry

There is no right language or wrong language any more than there are right or wrong clothes.

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Patrick Rothfuss

...nothing in the world is harder than convincing someone of an unfamiliar truth.

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William Gibson

Language is to the mind more than light is to the eye.

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Joseph Brodsky

A language is a more ancient and inevitable thing than any state.

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Minor White

Photography is a language more universal than words.

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Elizabeth Smart

Music is the unspoken language that can convey feelings more accurately than talking ever could.

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Tennessee Williams

The name of a person you love is more than language.

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Llewellyn Powers

A trembling in the bones may carry a more convincing testimony than the dry documented deductions of the brain.

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Niccolo Machiavelli

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.

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Roger Ebert

Wes Anderson's mind must be an exciting place for a story idea to be born. It immediately becomes more than a series of events and is transformed into a world with its own rules, in which everything is...

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Bill Irwin

The physical language of the body is so much more powerful than words.

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Toni Morrison

Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge.

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Thomas Merton

Nonviolence seeks to ‘win’ not by destroying or even by humiliating the adversary, but by convincing [the adversary] that there is a higher and more certain common good than can be attained by bombs...

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Jacques Lacan

What could be more convincing, moreover, than the gesture of laying one's cards face up on the table?

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Plautus

Bad conduct soils the finest ornament more than filth.

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