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A nation's literature is always the biography of its humanity.
Alone! that worn-out word,
So idly spoken, and so coldly heard;
Yet all that poets sing, and grief hath known, Of hopes laid waste, knells in that word--Alone.
Archaeology is not only the hand maid of history, it is also the conservator of art.
Courtesy is a duty public servants owe to the humblest member of the public.
Curses are, like young chickens,
And still come home to roost!
Despotism is often the effort of nature to cure herself from a worse disease.
For something in the envy of the small
Still loves the vast democracy of death!
Glory is priceless.
Happiness and virtue react upon each other--the best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best.
In all cases of heart-ache, the application of another man's disappointment draws out the pain and allays the irritation.
In beginning the world, if you don't wish to get chafed at every turn, fold up your pride carefully, put it under lock and key, and only let it out to air upon grand occasions. Pride is a garment all stiff brocade outside, all grating sackcloth on the side next to the skin.
In the lexicon of youth, which fate reserves
For a bright manhood, there is no such word
In these days half our diseases come from neglect of the body in overwork of the brain.
Life, that ever need's forgiveness, has, for its, first duty, to forgive.
Man hazards the condition and loses the virtues of freeman, in proportion as he accustoms his thoughts to view without anguish or shame his lapse into the bondage of debtor.
Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm; it moves stones, it charms brutes. Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity, and truth accomplishes no victories without it.
Refuse to be ill. Never tell people you are ill; never own it to yourself. Illness is one of those things which a man should resist on principle at the onset.
The rust rots the steel which use preserves.
The thing which must be, must be for the best; God helps us do our duty and not shrink.
There is certainly something of exquisite kindness and thoughtful benevolence in that rarest of gifts,--fine breeding.
War, when decisive, has a quick and practical philosophy of its own, and the difficulties that seem largest in its progress usually vanish at its close.
Wherever progress ends, decline invariably begins; but remember that the healthful progress of society is like the natural life of man--it consists in the gradual and harmonious development of all its constitutional powers, all its component parts, and you introduce weakness and disease into the whole system whether you attempt to stint or to force its growth.
That man is great, and he alone,
Who serves a greatness not his own,
For neither praise nor pelf:
Content to know and be unknown:
Whole in himself.
- A Great Man [Greatness]
Who knows nothing base,
Fears nothing known.
- A Great Man (st. 8) [Character]
Here's a health to the glow-worm, Death's sober lamplighter.
- Au Cafe (XXXIX) [Glowworms]
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