High Aims

“High aims form high characters, and great objects bring out great minds.”

Tryon Edwards, from A Dictionary of Thoughts: Being a Cyclopedia of Laconic Quotations from the Best Authors, Both Ancient and Modern (1891) compiled by Tryon Edwards


Portrait of Tryon Edwards via Wikipedia 

Rev. Tryon Edwards (August 7, 1809 — January 4, 1894,) was an American theologian and minister. His great grandfather was Jonathan Edwards, one of America’s most important and original philosophical theologians, and in youth he often edited his great grandfather’s works. In his late life, Tryon Edwards (alongside Rev. James W. Wightman and Miss Sarah Wilson) founded the all-female Wilson College in Pennsylvania. Though never as well known as some other all-female colleges, Wilson Female College provided distinctive opportunities to women drawn to its idyllic and tranquil setting. Edwards became the college’s first president in 1870, and the college still runs to this day. Tryon Edwards is almost exclusively known by his work A Dictionary of Thoughts, a whopping volume spanning over 600 pages with over 1,000 quotations first published in 1891. Edwards himself contributed many of his own thoughts and quotes to the work. He died in Detroit, Michigan at the age of 85.

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