Richard Bentley

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Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.
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A bust of Bentley now stands in the library of Trinity College, Cambridge

Richard Bentley (January 27, 1662July 14, 1742) was an English theologian, classical scholar and critic.


  • It is a maxim with me that no man was ever written out of reputation but by himself.
    • Monk's Life of Bentley, p. 90.
  • “Whatever is, is not,” is the maxim of the anarchist, as often as anything comes across him in the shape of a law which he happens not to like.
    • Declaration of Rights. Compare: "Whatever is, is in its causes just", John Dryden, Œdipus, Act iii. Sc. 1.
  • The fortuitous or casual concourse of atoms.
    • Sermons, vii. Works, Vol. iii. p. 147 (1692). Compare: "That fortuitous concourse of atoms", "Review of Sir Robert Peel's Address", Quarterly Review, vol. liii. p. 270 (1835); "In this article a party was described as a fortuitous concourse of atoms,—a phrase supposed to have been used for the first time many years afterwards by Lord John Russell", Croker Papers, vol. ii. p. 54.

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