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INFLUENCE
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Our life's a flying shadow, God the pole,
  The needle pointing to Him is our soul.
      - Unattributed Author,
        on a slab in Bishop Joceline's crypt in Glasgow cathedral

A cloudy day, or a little sunshine, have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most real blessings or misfortunes.
      - Joseph Addison

God in making man intended by him to reduce all His Works back again to Himself.
      - Matthew Barker, Natural Theology (p. 85)

The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
      - Bible, Galatians (ch. V, v. 9)

Their poison is like the poison of a serpent; they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;
  Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. LVIII, v. 4-5)

My heart is feminine, nor can forget--
  To all, except one image, madly blind;
    So shakes the needle, and so stands the pole,
      As vibrates my fond heart to my fix'd soul.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto I, st. 196)

The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.
      - Thomas Carlyle,
        Essays--Varnhagen von Ense's Memoirs

Influence is exerted by every human being from the hour of birth to that of death.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Be a pattern to others, and then all will go well; for as a whole city is affected by the licentious passions and vices of great men, so it is likewise reformed by their moderation.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

He raised a mortal to the skies;
  She drew an angel down.
      - John Dryden, Alexander's Feast (l. 169)

Blessed influence of one true loving human soul on another.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        Janet's Repentance (ch. XIX)

O may I join the choir invisible
  Of those immortal dead who live again
    In minds made better by their presence; live
      In pulses stirred to generosity,
        In deeds of daring rectitude, in scorn
          For miserable aims that end with self.
            In thoughts sublime that pierce the night like stars,
              And with their mild persistence urge man's search
                To vaster issues.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        O May I Join the Choir Invisible

Nor knowest thou what argument
  Thy like to thy neighbor's creed has lent,
    All are needed by each one;
      Nothing is fair or good alone.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Each and All

Ah, who could have ever foretold that that little retrousse nose would change the laws of an empire.
  [Fr., Ah, qui jamais autoir pu dire
    Que ce petit nez retrousse
      Changerait les lois d'un empire.]
      - Charles Simon Favart, Les Trois Sultanes

Nor ease nor peace that heart can know,
  That like the needle true,
    Turns at the touch of joy or woe;
      But turning, trembles too.
      - Mrs. Frances McCartney Fulke-Greville,
        Prayer for Indifference

People are submissive to power, and few of them can be influenced by doctrines of righteousness.
      - Hanfeizi

You can only make others better by being good yourself.
      - Hugh Reginald Haweis

Lay ye down the golden chain
  From Heaven, and pull at its inferior links
    Both Goddesses and Gods.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. 8), (Cowley's translation)

Spontaneously to God should turn the soul,
  Like the magnetic needle to the pole;
    But what were that intrinsic virtue worth,
      Suppose some fellow, with more zeal than knowledge,
        Fresh from St. Andrew's College,
          Should nail the conscious needle to the north?
      - Thomas Hood, Poem addressed to Rae Wilson

A woman is more influenced by what she divines than by what she is told.
      - Ninon de L'Enclos (real name Anne L'Enclos)

So when a great man dies,
  For years beyond our ken,
    The light he leaves behind him lies
      Upon the paths of men.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Charles Sumner
         (st. 9)

The very room, coz she was in,
  Seemed warm f'om floor to ceilin'.
      - James Russell Lowell, The Biglow Papers
         (second series, The Courtin', st. 6)

No life
  Can be pure in its purpose or strong in its strife
    And all life not be purer and stronger thereby.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Lucile (pr. II, canto VI, st. 40)

No star ever rose or set without influence somewhere.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Lucile (pt. II, canto VI)


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