quote by Julius Charles Hare

The mind is like a sheet of white paper in this, that the impressions it receives the oftenest, and retains the longest, are black ones.

— Julius Charles Hare

Special Oftenest quotations

Hypocrisy is oftenest clothed in the garb of religion.


The lofty pine is oftenest shaken by the winds;

High towers fall with a heavier crash; And the lightning strikes the highest mountain.

Would all, who cherish such wild wishes, but look around them, they would oftenest find their sphere of duty, of prosperity, and happiness, within those precincts, and in that station where Providence itself has cast their lot. Happy they who read the riddle without a weary world-search, or a lifetime spent in vain!

Popular opinion is oftenest, what Carlyle pronounced it to be, a lie!

Thanks, oftenest obtrusive.


Woman's weakness, not man's merit, oftenest gains the suitor's victory.

Compliments and flattery oftenest excite my contempt by the pretension they imply; for who is he that assumes to flatter me? To compliment often implies an assumption of superiority in the complimenter. It is, in fact, a subtle detraction.

Familiarity with danger makes a brave man braver, but less daring.

Thus with seamen: he who goes the oftenest round Cape Horn goes the most circumspectly.

I do love secondhand books that open to the page some previous owner read oftenest. The day Hazlitt came he opened to I hate to read new books, and I hollered Comrade! to whoever owned it before me.

Men are whipped oftenest who are whipped easiest.


Simplicity is oftenest an adroit pretence.

He who goes oftenest round Cape Horn goes the most circumspectly.

All men who have sense and feeling are being continually helped;

they are taught by every person they meet, and enriched by everything that falls in their way. The greatest, is he who has been oftenest aided. Originality is the observing eye.

Genius has oftenest been the pariah of his time, the unhoused god whom none cared for, unnamed till they whom he first promoted, enriched and honored, found it honorable to own their benefactor.

Fate steals along with silent tread, Found oftenest in what least we dread;

Frowns in the storm with angry brow, But in the sunshine strikes the blow.


We do everything by custom, even believe by it;

our very axioms, let us boast of free-thinking as we may, are oftenest simply such beliefs as we have never heard questioned.

Ambition's cradle oftenest is its grave

Experience proves that those are oftenest abused who can be abused with the greatest impunity. Men are whipped oftenest who are whipped easiest.

A man is like a bit of Labrador spar, which has no lustre as you turn it in your hand until you come to a particular angle; then it shows deep and beautiful colors. There is no adaptation or universal applicability in men, but each has his special Talent, and the mastery of Successful men consists in adroitly keeping themselves where and when that turn shall be oftenest to be practiced.

I do love secondhand books that open to the page some previous owner read oftenest.


He who is whipped oftenest, is whipped easiest.

Learned men fall into error oftenest by mistaking knowledge for wisdom.

Much of a poet's experience takes place in imagination only;

the life he tells is oftenest the life that he strongly desires to live, and the power, the purity and height of his utterance may not seldom be the greater because experience here uses the voices of desire.