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ALEXANDER SMITH
Scottish poet and miscellaneous writer
(1830 - 1867)
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It is a characteristic of pleasure that we can never recognize it to be pleasure till after it is gone.
      - [Pleasure]

It is not of so much consequence what you say, as how you say it.
      - [Talking]

It was his nature to blossom into song, as it is a tree's to leaf itself in April.
      - [Songs]

Men praise poverty, as the African worships Mumbo Jumbo--from terror of the malign power, and a desire to propitiate at.
      - [Poverty]

Most brilliant star upon the crest of Time
  Is England. England!
      - [England]

Pleasure has no logic; it never treads in its own footsteps.
      - [Pleasure]

Pride's chickens have bonny feathers, but they are an expensive brood to rear. They eat up everything, and are always lean when brought to market.
      - [Pride]

Speak no harsh, words of earth; she is our mother, and few of us her sons who have not added a wrinkle to her brow.
      - [Earth]

Style, after all, rather than thought, is the immortal thing in literature.
      - [Style]

The garrulous sea is talking to the shore; let us go down and hear the graybeard's speech.
      - [Sea]

The great man is the man who does a thing for the first time.
      - [Greatness]

The greatness of an artist or a writer does not depend on what he has in common with other artists and writers, but on what he has peculiar to himself.
      - [Individuality]

The man who in this world can keep the whiteness of his soul is not likely to lose it in any other.
      - [Purity]

The only thing a man knows is himself.
      - [Self-knowledge]

The peasant thanked her with their tears,
  When food and clothes were given;
    "This is a joy," the lady said,
      "Saints cannot taste in heaven."
      - [Proverbs]

The pleased sea on a white-breasted shore--
  A shore that wears on her alluring brows
    Rare shells, far brought, the love-gifts of the sea,
      That blushed a tell-tale.
      - [Ocean]

The truly great rest in the knowledge of their own deserts, nor seek the conformation of the world.
      - [Greatness]

There is no ghost so difficult to lay as the ghost of an injury.
      - [Injury]

Thoughts must come naturally, like wild-flowers; they cannot be forced in a hot-bed, even although aided by the leaf-mould of your past.
      - [Thought]

To bring the best human qualities to anything like perfection, to fill them with the sweet juices of courtesy and charity, prosperity, or, at all events, a moderate amount of it, is required,--just as sunshine is needed for the ripening of peaches and apricots.
      - [Prosperity]

To have to die is a distinction of which no man is proud.
      - [Death]

To sit for one's portrait is like being present at one's own creation.
      - [Art]

To-day is always different from yesterday.
      - [Today]

Trees are your best antiques.
      - [Trees]

Trifles make up the happiness or the misery of mortal life.
      - [Trifles]


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