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A contented heart is an even sea in the midst of all storms.
A little nonsense now and then
Is relished by the wisest men.
- [Nonsense : Proverbs]
"A little way!"--this sentence I repeat,
Hoping and longing to extract some sweet
To mingle with the bitter; from Thy hand
I take the cup I cannot understand,
And in my weakness give myself to Thee.
A nickname is the heaviest stone the devil can throw at a man.
A poet is someone who is astonished by everything.
Antidotes are what you take to prevent dotes.
Artificial intelligence will never be a match for natural stupidity.
At the cross, her station keeping,
Stood the mournful mother, weeping,
Where He hung, the dying Lord.
[Lat., Stabat mater, dolorosa
Juxta crucem lacrymosa
Que pendebat Filius.]
- (translated by Dr. William Josiah Irons)
Beyond the stars--what?
Is it the beginning or end you see?
For beyond the stars--what?
Character is made up of small duties faithfully performed--of self-denials, of self-sacrifices, of kindly acts of love and duty.
Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead.
Firm and erect the Caledonian stood;
Sound was his mutton, and his claret good;
"Let him drink port!" the English statesman cried:
He drank the poison, and his spirit died.
- in Dodd's "Epigrammatists"
[Wine and Spirits]
Fortune favors fools.
God and a soldier all people adore
In time of war, but not before;
And when war is over and all things are righted,
God is neglected and an old soldier slighted.
- lines chalked on a sentry-bos on Europa Guard
God tries you with a little, to see what you'd do with a lot.
Hail, land of bowmen! seed of those who scorn'd
To stoop the neck to wide imperial Rome:
O dearest half of Albion sea-walled.
Handsome enough is good enough.
[Lat., Sat pulchra, si sat bona.]
- [Beauty : Proverbs]
Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.
He killed the noble Mudjokivis.
Of the skin he made him mittens,
Made them with the fur side inside,
Made them with the skin side outside.
He, to get the warm side inside,
Put the inside skin side outside;
He, to get the cold side outside,
Put the warm side fur side inside.
That's why he put the fur side inside,
Why he put the skin side outside,
Why he turned them inside outside.
- in Carolyn Wells "Parody Anthology", p. 120
How much easier do we find it is commend a good action than to imitate it.
I am grateful that I am not as judgmental as all those censorious, self-righteous people around me.
I go away and come again each day,
But thou shalt go away and ne'er return.
- found on a sun dial in England
[Sun Dial Mottoes]
I rise with the lark.
- [Early Rising]
Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.
Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, it's what you are expected to give--which is everything.
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