Henry Mackenzie, 1745 - 1831
oil on canvas by Sir Henry Raeburn (ca. 1810)
Born: August 1745, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Died: 14 January 1831, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
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- Autobiography, the confession of a person to himself instead of the priest — generally gets absolution too easily. permalink
1825, quoted by Robert Folkenflik in The Culture of Autobiography (1993)
- Knowledge is said to be power: and it is power in the same sense that wood is fuel. Wood on fire is fuel. Knowledge on fire is power. There is no more power in knowledge than there is in the stones or stars, unless there be a spirit and life in the knowledge which gives it its energy. In proportion as men have this spiritual power they become strong in this world. permalink
- Luxury makes a man so soft, that it is hard to please him, and easy to trouble him; so that his pleasures at last become his burden. permalink
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