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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Discernment
 
  Lynx-eyed toward our equals, and moles to ourselves.
La Fontaine.    
  1
  Good men can more easily see through bad men than the latter can the former.
Jean Paul Richter.    
  2
  The rarest things in world, next to a spirit of discernment, are diamonds and pearls.
La Bruyère.    
  3
  There seems to be no part of knowledge in fewer hands than that of discerning when to have done.
Swift.    
  4
  Discernment is a power of the understanding in which few excel. Is not that owing to its connection with impartiality and truth? for are not prejudice and partiality blind?
Greville.    
  5
  If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.
Richelieu.    
  6
  To succeed in the world, it is much more necessary to possess the penetration to discern who is a fool than to discover who is a clever man.
Talleyrand.    
  7
  The idiot, the Indian, the child, and unschooled farmer’s boy stand nearer to the light by which nature is to be read, than the dissector or the antiquary.
Emerson.    
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  Simple creatures, whose thoughts are not taken up, like those of educated people, with the care of a great museum of dead phrases, are very quick to see the live facts which are going on about them.
Holmes.    
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