Quotations by Alger, William


The best aphorisms are pointed expressions of the results of observation, experience, and reflection. They are portable wisdom, the quintessential extracts of thought and feeling. They furnish the largest amount of intellectual stimulus and nutriment in the smallest compass. About every weak point in human nature, or vicious spot in human life, there is deposited a crystallization of warning and protective proverbs.

William Rounseville Alger (1822-1905) American writer, minister, translator
“The Utility and the Futility of Aphorisms,” Atlantic Monthly (Feb 1863)
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Often paraphrased, "Aphorisms are portable wisdom."
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We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.

William Rounseville Alger (1822-1905) American writer, minister, translator
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Most men give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.

William Rounseville Alger (1822-1905) American writer, minister, translator
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In Raphael Lewin, ed., The New Era, vol. 2 (1872).
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