Quotes by George Bancroft

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George Bancroft (October 3, 1800 January 17, 1891) was an American historian and statesman. A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, he was prominent in promoting secondary education both in his home state and at the national level. During his tenure as U.S. Secretary of the Navy, he established the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1845. Among his best-known writings is the massive series History of the United States. more

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Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul.

In nine times out of ten, the slanderous tongue belongs to a disappointed person.
The public is wiser than the wisest critic.
By common consent gray hairs are a crown of glory; the only object of respect that can never excite envy.
Avarice is the vice of declining years.
Dishonesty is so grasping it would deceive God himself, were it possible.
Conscience is the mirror of our souls, which represents the errors of our lives in their full shape.
Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the infinite.

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