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American poet
(1819 - 1891)
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A father of the church said that property was theft, many centuries before Proudhon was born. Bourdaloue reaffirmed it. Montesquieu was the inventor of national workshops and of the theory that the state owed every man a living. Nay, was not the church herself the first organized democracy?
      - [Democracy]

A great part of human suffering has its root in the nature of man, and not in that of his institutions.
      - [Suffering]

A poet must need be before his own age, to be even with posterity.
      - [Poets]

A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
      - [Sneer]

A stray hair, by its continued irritation, may give more annoyance than a smart blow.
      - [Trifles]

A word once vulgarized can never be rehabilitated.
      - [Words]

All birds during the pairing season become more or less sentimental, and murmur soft nothings in a tone very unlike the grinding-organ repetition and loudness of their habitual song. The crow is very comical as a lover; and to hear him trying to soften his croak to the proper Saint-Preux standard has something the effect of a Mississippi boatman quoting Tennyson.
      - [Valentine's Day]

All free governments, whatever their name, are in reality governments by public opinion; and it is on the quality, of this public opinion that their prosperity depends.
      - [Government]

All men who know not where to look for truth, save in the narrow well of self, will find their own image at the bottom, and mistake it for what they are seeking.
      - [Self-esteem]

All thoughtful men are solitary and original in themselves.
      - [Originality]

Among the lessons taught by the French revolution, there is none sadder or more striking than this--that you may make everything else out of the passions of men except a political system that will work, and that there is nothing so pitilessly and unconsciously cruel as sincerity formulated into dogma.
      - [Politics]

An appeal to the reason of the people has never been known to fail in the long run.
      - [Reason]

And blessed are the horny hands of toil.
      - [Toil]

As life runs on, the road grows strange
  With faces new,--and near the end
    The milestones into headstones change:--
      'Neath every one a friend.
      - written on his 68th birthday [Graves]

Attention is the stuff that memory is made of, and memory is accumulated genius.
      - [Attention]

Be He nowhere else, God is in all that liberates and lifts, in all that humbles, sweetens, and consoles.
      - [God]

Blessed are the horny hands of toil!
      - [Labor]

Blessed are they that have nothing to say, and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
      - [Conversation]

Borrowed garments never keep one warm.
      - [Plagiarism]

But better far it is to speak
  One simple word, which now and then
    Shall waken their free nature in the weak
      And friendless sons of men.
      - [Sympathy]

Children are God's apostles, day by day sent forth to preach of love and hope and peace.
      - [Children]

Christ was the first true democrat that ever breathed, as the old dramatist Dekkar said he was the first true gentleman.
      - [Democracy]

Communism means barbarism.
      - [Communism]

Comparative criticism teaches us that moral and aesthetic defects are more nearly related than is commonly supposed.
      - [Criticism]

Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is a temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship.
      - [Compromise]

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