A graceful and pleasing figure is a perpetual letter of recommendation.
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There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.
Men on their side must force themselves for a while to lay their notions by and begin to familiarize themselves with facts.
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How lovely the little river is, with its dark changing wavelets! It seems to me like a living companion while I wander along the bank, and listen to its low, placid voice…
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: “O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.” And God granted it.
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
Do not discourage your children from hoarding, if they have a taste to it; whoever lays up his penny rather than part with it for a cake, at least is not the slave of gross appetite; and shows besides a preference always to be esteemed, of the future to the present moment.
Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine; and at last you create what you will.
When death, the great reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity.
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
Perspective, as its inventor remarked, is a beautiful thing. What horrors of damp huts, where human beings languish, may not become picturesque through aerial distance! What hymning of cancerous vices may we not languish over as sublimest art in the safe remoteness of a strange language and artificial phrase! Yet we keep a repugnance to rheumatism and other painful effects when presented in our personal experience.