Animals are such agreeable friends" they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?
Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
Different taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.
When death comes it is never our tenderness that we repent from, but our severity.
An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face.
I think I dislike what I don't like more than I like what I like.
But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.
These gems have life in them: their colors speak, say what words fail of.
It's never too late to be who you were meant to be.
May every soul that touches mine - be it the slightest contact - get there from some good; some little grace; one kindly thought; one aspiration yet unfelt; one bit of courage for the darkening sky; one gleam of faith to brave the thickening ills of life; one glimpse of brighter skies beyond the gathering mists - to make this life worthwhile.
I don't see how a man is to be good for much unless he has some one woman to love him dearly.
And, of course men know best about everything, except what women know better.
[It is easier] to quell emotion than to incur the consequences of venting it.
Resolve will melt no rocks. But it can scale them.
We have all our secret sins; and if we knew ourselves we should not judge each other harshly.
Death was not to be a leap: it was to be a long descent under thickening shadows.
I am influenced at the present time by far higher considerations and by a nobler idea of duty than I ever was when I held the Evangelical belief.
I found it better for my soul to be humble before the mysteries o' God's dealings, and not be making a clatter about what I could never understand.
Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.
Impatient people, according to Bacon, are like the bees, and kill themselves in stinging others.
Particular lies may speak a general truth.
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it.
"Heaven help us," said the old religion; the new one, from its very lack of that faith, will teach us all the more to help one another.
Women should be protected from anyone's exercise of unrighteous power... but then, so should every other living creature.
The right to rebellion is the right to seek a higher rule, and not to wander in mere lawlessness.
The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words.
Justice is like the kingdom of God--it is not without us as a fact, it is within us as a great yearning.
Life is measured by the rapidity of change, the succession of influences that modify the being.
People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest neighbors.
Will not a tiny speck very close to our vision blot out the glory of the world, and leave only a margin by which we see the blot? I know no speck so troublesome as self.
We must find our duties in what comes to us, not in what might have been.
Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life.