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ELIHU BURRITT
American peace advocate
(1810 - 1879)

All that I have accomplished, or expect or hope to accomplish, has been and will be by that plodding, patient persevering process of accretion which builds the ant-heap, particle by particle, thought by thought, fact by fact.
      - [Patience]

All the beautiful orders of architecture and creations of the pencil, all the conceptions of the beautiful in nature and art and humanity, are inventions extorted, as it were, from the mind to extend and increase the pleasures of sense.
      - [Sense]

Amongst the instrumentalities of love and peace, surely there can be no sweeter, softer, more effective voice than that of gentle, peace-breathing music.
      - [Music]

Be ever gentle with the children God has given you; watch over them constantly; reprove them earnestly, but not in anger. In the forcible language of Scripture, "Be not bitter against them." "Yes, they are good boys," I once heard a kind father say. "I talk to them very much, but do not like to beat my, children--the world will beat them." It was a beautiful thought not elegantly expressed.
      - [Children]

It is an old saying, and one of fearful and fathomless import, that we are forming characters for eternity. Forming characters! Whose? our own or others? Both--and in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence. Who is sufficient for the thought?
      - [Ingratitude]

Knowledge cannot be stolen from us. It cannot be bought or sold. We may be poor, and the sheriff may come and sell our furniture, or drive away our cow, or take our pet lamb, and leave us homeless and penniless; but he cannot lay the law's hand upon the jewelry of our minds.
      - [Knowledge]

No human being can come into this world without increasing or diminishing the sum total of human happiness.
      - [Ingratitude]

Those orators who give us much noise and many words, but little argument and less wit, and who are the loudest when least lucid, should take a lesson from the great volume of nature; she often gives us the lightning without the thunder, but never the thunder without the lightning.
      - [Oratory]


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