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- [Sun Dial Mottoes]
Shall we be ashamed because our ancestors were trading colonists; because they bought and sold and exchanged the products of the new world for the riches of the old? Nay, rather let us have a care that they have no cause to be ashamed of us. Let us see to it that amid the broadening of our enterprises and the increase of our wealth, we do not lose those principles of uprightness and strict justice and old-fashioned honor which made the merchants of New York and New England respected and renowned. Above all, let us remember with pride and loyalty that we are Americans.
- [Forefathers Day]
There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.
Use the talents you possess--for the woods would be silent if no birds sang but the best.
So it's home again, and home again, America for me!
My heart is turning home again, and I long to be
In the land of youth and freedom beyond the ocean bars,
Where the air is full of sunshine, and the flag is full of stars.
- America for Me [America]
'Tis an affair of luck.
- Fisher's Luck [Fishing]
Two honest and good-natured anglers have never met each other by the way without crying out, "What luck?"
- Fisher's Luck [Fishing]
The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.
- Fisherman's Luck [Spring]
I read within a poet's book
A word that starred the page,
"Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage."
Yes, that is true, and something more;
You'll find, where'er you roam,
That marble floors and gilded walls
Can never make a home.
But every house where Love abides
And Friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home, sweet home;
For there the heart can rest.
- Home Song [Home]
The lintel low enough to keep out pomp and pride;
The threshold high enough to turn deceit aside;
The doorband strong enough from robbers to defend;
This door will open at a touch to welcome every friend.
- Inscription for a Friend's House
Too Slow for those who Wait,
Too Swift for those who Fear,
Too Long for those who Grieve,
Too Short for those who Rejoice;
But for those who Love,
Time is not.
- Motto for Katrina's Sun Dial--Time is too slow for those who wait,
in Mrs. Spenser Trask's Garden of Yaddo, in Saratoga Springs, read at funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, where last line given as "Time is eternity."
[Sun Dial Mottoes : Time]
This is the soldier brave enough to tell
The glory-dazzled world that "war is hell."
- On the Gaudens' Statue of Gen. Sherman
Not to the swift, the race:
Not to the strong, the firth:
Not to the righteous, perfect grace:
Not to the wise, the light.
- Reliance [Success]
Who seeks for Heaven alone to save his soul
May keep the path, but will not reach the goal;
While he who walks in love may wander far,
Yet God will bring him where the blessed are.
- Story of the Other Wise Man (V) [Heaven]
Then come, my friend, forget your foes, and leave your fears behind,
And wander forth to try your luck, with cheerful, quiet mind.
- The Angler's Reveille [Fishing]
The parents were abed and sleeping. The clock on the wall ticked loudly and lazily, as if it had time to spare. Outside the rattling windows there was a restless, whispering wind. The room grew light, and dark, and wondrous light again, as the moon played hide-and-seek through the clouds. The boy, wide-awake and quiet in his bed, was thinking of the Stranger and his stories.
- The Blue Flower [Books (First Lines)]
Oh, leave the gay and festive scenes,
The halls of dazzling light.
- The Light Guitar [Festivities]
Heaven is blessed with perfect rest but the blessing of earth is toil.
- Toiling of Felix (last line) [Work]