John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury

English banker, Liberal politician, philanthropist, scientist and polymath (1834-1913)

John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury, PC (April 30, 1834May 28, 1913) was an English banker, politician, naturalist and archaeologist. He served as President of the Royal Statistical Society.


  • When we have done our best, we should wait the result in peace.
    • The Pleasures of Life, vol. 1 (1887), ch. II: The Happiness of Duty
  • 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.
    • The Use of Life (1894), ch. IV: Recreation
  • 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.
    • The Use of Life (1894), ch. IV: Recreation
  • 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.
    • The Use of Life (1894), ch. IV: Recreation
  • There are three great questions which in life we have over and over again to answer. Is it right or wrong? Is it true or false? Is it beautiful or ugly? Our education ought to help us to answer these questions.
    • The Use of Life (1894), ch. VI: National Education[1]


  1. The Use of Life on Archive.Org, pages 102—103