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What a person praises is perhaps a surer standard, even, than what he condemns, of his character, information and abilities. No wonder, then, that most people are so shy of praising anything.
—  Augustus William Hare
The ancients dreaded death: the Christian can only fear dying.
—  Augustus William Hare
Man without religion is the creature of circumstance.
—  Augustus William Hare
Everybody has his own theater, in which he is manager, actor, prompter, playwrite, sceneshifter, boxkeeper, doorkeeper, all in one, and audience into the bargain.
—  Augustus William Hare
When will talkers refrain from evil speaking: when listeners refrain from evil-hearing.
—  Augustus William Hare
Few persons have courage enough to appear as good as they really are.
—  Augustus William Hare
If you and your lips would keep from slips Of five things have a care: To whom you speak, of whom you speak, And how, and when, and where.
—  Augustus William Hare
Half the failures in life arise from pulling in one's horse as he is leaping.
—  Augustus William Hare
The question is not whether a doctrine is beautiful but whether it is true. When we wish to go to a place, we do not ask whether the road leads through a pretty country, but whether it is the right road.
—  Augustus William Hare
Every Irishman, the saying goes, has a potato in his head.
—  Augustus William Hare

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