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1834 - 1913, English banker, naturalist and politician

In truth, people can generally make time for what they choose to do; it is not really the time
but the will that is lacking.
John Lubbock

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent
schoolmasters and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
John Lubbock

Happiness is a thing to be practiced, like the violin.
John Lubbock

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day,
listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no
means waste of time.
John Lubbock

Happiness is a condition of mind not a result of circumstances.
John Lubbock

Many of the greatest men have owed their success to industry rather than to cleverness.
John Lubbock

When we have done our best, we should wait the result in peace.
John Lubbock

We often hear of people breaking down from overwork, but in nine out of ten they are really
suffering from worry or anxiety.
John Lubbock

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
John Lubbock

Cultivate all your faculties; you must either use them or lose them.
John Lubbock

We often hear of bad weather, but in reality no weather is bad. It is all delightful, though in
different ways. Some weather may be bad for farmers or crops, but for man all kinds are
good. Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating.
John Lubbock

We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth.
John Lubbock

A cheerful friend is like a sunny day, which sheds its brightness on all around.
John Lubbock

The whole value of solitude depends upon oneself; it may be a sanctuary or a prison, a haven
of repose or a place of punishment, a heaven or a hell, as we ourselves make it.
John Lubbock

We profit little by books we do not enjoy.
John Lubbock

Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.
John Lubbock

Our duty is to believe that for which we have sufficient evidence, and to suspend our
judgment when we have not.
John Lubbock

A wise system of education will at last teach us how little man yet knows, how much he has
still to learn.
John Lubbock

Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains
the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does
art color life.
John Lubbock

Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of
Heaven.
John Lubbock

To do something, however small, to make others happier and better, is the highest ambition,
the most elevating hope, which can inspire a human being.
John Lubbock

To render ourselves insensible to pain we must forfeit also the possibilities of happiness.
John Lubbock

A poor woman from Manchester, on being taken to the seaside, is said to have expressed her
delight on seeing for the first time something of which there was enough for everybody.
John Lubbock

The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child
should be given the wish to learn.
John Lubbock

Be cautious, but not too cautious; do not be too much afraid of making a mistake; a man
who never makes a mistake will make nothing.
John Lubbock

A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work.
John Lubbock