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ALEXANDER SMITH
Scottish poet and miscellaneous writer
(1830 - 1867)
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A brave soul is a thing which all things serve.
      - [Bravery]

A man can bear a world's contempt when he has that within which says he's worthy. When he contemns himself, there burns the hell.
      - [Conscience]

A man's real possession is his memory. In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor.
      - [Memory]

A single soul is richer than all the worlds.
      - [Soul]

A tender sadness drops upon my soul, like the soft twilight dropping on the world.
      - [Twilight]

An old novel has a history of its own.
      - [Fiction]

And winter, that grand old harper, smote his thunder-harp of pines.
      - [Trees]

As a wild maiden, with love-drinking eyes, sees in sweet dreams a beaming youth of glory.
      - [Dreams]

Caesar-like the sun
  Gathered his robes around him as he fell.
      - [Sunset]

Death is the ugly fact which Nature has to hide, and she hides it well.
      - [Death]

Eternity doth wear upon her face the veil of time. They only see the veil, and thus they know not what they stand so near!
      - [Eternity]

Every day travels toward death; the last only arrives at it.
      - [Time]

Everything is sweetened by risk.
      - [Risk]

Fame,--next grandest word to God!
      - [Fame]

God has thickly strewn infinity with grandeur.
      - [Infinite]

God is a worker: He has thickly strewn
  Infinity with grandeur: God is love:
    He shall wipe away creation's tears,
      And all the worlds shall summer in His smile.
      - [Creation]

Good humor and generosity carry the day with the popular heart all the world over.
      - [Politics]

Good-humor and, generosity carry day with the popular heart all the world over.
      - [Popularity]

Happiness never lays its finger on its pulse. If we attempt to steal a glimpse of its features it disappears.
      - [Happiness]

He told me once
  The saddest thing that can befall the soul,
    Is when it loses faith in God and woman,
      For he had lost them both. Lost I those gems,
        Though the world's throne stood open in my path,
          I would go wandering back into my childhood,
            Searching for them with tears.
      - [Proverbs]

He will go back to the old faith he learnt
  Beside his mother's knee.
      - [Proverbs]

I clasp thy waist, I feel thy bosom's beat--oh, kiss me into faintness sweet and dim!
      - [Kisses]

I have learned to prize the quiet, lightning deed, not the applauding thunder at its heels that men call fame.
      - [Fame]

If the egotist is weak, his egotism is worthless. If the egotist is strong, acute, full of distinctive character, his egotism is precious, and remains a possession of the race.
      - [Egotism]

If we were to live here always, with no other care than how to feed, clothe, and house ourselves, life would be a very sorry business. It is immeasurably heightened by the solemnity of death.
      - [Life]


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