A parent, unlike a poet, is not born- he is made.
A person who is careless about money is careless about everything, and untrustworthy in everything.
A secret at home is like rocks under tide.
Action is the parent of results; dormancy, the brooding mother of discontent.
An author departs; he does not die.
Be loving, and you will never want for love; be humble, and you will never want for guiding.
Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear.
Better no marriage, than a marriage short of the best.
Ethics, as has been well said, are the finest fruits of humanity, but they are not its roots
Every man for himself, and the Devil take the hindmost.
For love, or repentance, or amendment, there are no such words as 'too late.'
God makes many poets, but he only gives utterance to a few.
Happiness is not an end- it is only a means, and adjunct, a consequence.
How the sting of poverty, or small means, is gone when one keeps house for one's own comfort and not for the comfort of one's neighbors.
It is not work that kills, but 'worry.'
Keep what is worth keeping and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.
Love never stands still; it must inevitably be either growing or decaying- especially the love of marriage.
Money is meant not for hoarding, but for using; the aim of life should be to use it in the right way- to spend as much as we can lawfully spend, both upon ourselves and others. And sometimes it is better to do this in our lifetime, when we can see that it is well spent, than to leave it to the chance spending of those that come after us.
One only 'right' we have to assert in common with mankind- and that is as much in our hands as theirs- is the right of having something to do.
Our natural and happiest life is when we lose ourselves in the exquisite absorption of home, the delicious retirement of dependent love.
Silence sweeter is than speech.
The life of action is nobler than the life of thought.
The man who does his work, any work, conscientiously, must always be in one sense a great man.
The plan of this world is infinite similarity and yet infinite variety.
The present only is a man's possession; the past is gone out of his hand wholly, irrevocably. He may suffer from it, learn from it,- in degree, perhaps, expiate it; but to brood over it is utter madness.
The worst times come to an end if you can only wait long enough.
There are no judgments so harsh as those of the erring, the inexperienced, and the young.
There is nothing so absolute as the tyranny of weakness.
There was never a night that had no morn.
We are all of us very perfect creatures so long as we are not tried.
We expect too much from our children. We exact from them a perfection which we are far from carrying out in ourselves; we require of them sacrifices much heavier, comparatively, than those of any grown-up person.
We have not to construct human nature afresh, but to take it as we find it, and make the best of it.
We never discover the value of things till we have lost them.
Wedlock's a lane where there is no turning.
When faith and hope fail, as they do sometimes, we must try charity, which is love in action. We must speculate no more on our duty, but simply do it. When we have done it, however blindly, perhaps Heaven will show us why.
When the ship is going down we trouble ourselves little enough about the style of the cabin furniture.
Why cannot one always do, not only the right thing, but at the right time?
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