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ROBERT HUGH BENSON QUOTES

Society is not merely a select body of spiritual or intellectual persons, but a great organism composed of all kinds of members, a net containing bad and good.

ROBERT HUGH BENSON, A City Set on a Hill

The Church must be intelligible to the simple as well as to the shrewd.

ROBERT HUGH BENSON, A City Set on a Hill

A lion is at liberty who can follow the laws of his own nature, who can eat when his stomach tells him, who can sleep when his fierce eyes grow weary, who can scratch long furrows in a forest tree when his claws feel so disposed. He is not at liberty when he lives in a cage, is fed on horseflesh at 4 p.m., and is compelled at the point of a red-hot poker to spell P-I-G – PIG, in the presence of a diverted crowd.

ROBERT HUGH BENSON, Intellectual Slavery

While friendship itself has an air of eternity about it, seeming to transcend all natural limits, there is hardly any emotion so utterly at the mercy of time. We form friendships, and grow out of them. It might almost be said that we cannot retain the faculty of friendship unless we are continually making new friends.

ROBERT HUGH BENSON, The Friendship of Christ

Competition, founded upon the conflicting interests of individuals, is in reality far less productive of wealth and enterprise than co-operation, involving though it does the constant apparent sacrifice of the individual to the common interests.

ROBERT HUGH BENSON, A City Set on a Hill

Ignorance may be bliss, but it certainly is not freedom, except in the minds of those who prefer darkness to light and chains to liberty. The more true information we can acquire, the better for our enfranchisement.

ROBERT HUGH BENSON, Intellectual Slavery


Robert Hugh Benson Poems - a collection of his poetry.

Robert Hugh Benson Bibliography - a bibliography, including list of critical resources.

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