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HENRY THEODORE TUCKERMAN
American critic, essayist and poet
(1813 - 1871)
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There are beauties of character which, like the night-blooming cereus, are closed against the glare and turbulence of every-day life, and bloom only in shade and solitude, and beneath the quiet stars.
      - [Character]

There is a policy in manner. I have heard one, not inexperienced in the pursuit of fame, give it his earnest support, as being the surest passport to absolute and brilliant success.
      - [Manners]

There is a strength of quiet endurance as significant of courage as the most daring feats of prowess.
      - [Fortitude]

There is more or less of pathos in all true beauty. The delight it awakens has an indefinable, and, as it were, luxurious sadness, which is perhaps one element of its might.
      - [Beauty]

There is to the poetical sense a ravishing prophecy and winsome intimation in flowers that now and then, from the influence of mood of circumstance, reasserts itself like the reminiscence of childhood, or the spell of love.
      - [Flowers]

To a nice ear, the quality of a voice is singularly affecting. Its depth seems to be allied to feeling; at least, the contralto notes alone give an adequate sense of pathos. They are born near the heart.
      - [Voice]

To analyze the charms of flowers is like dissecting music; it is one of those things which it is far better to enjoy than to attempt to understand.
      - [Flowers]

To be a good traveler argues one no ordinary philosopher. A sweet landscape must sometimes be allowed to atone for an indifferent supper, and an interesting ruin charm away the remembrance of a hard bed.
      - [Travel]

Travel gives a character of experience to our knowledge, and brings the figures upon the tablet of memory into strong relief.
      - [Travel]

We read of a fountain in Arabia upon whose basin is inscribed, "Drink, and away;" but how delicious is that hasty draught, and how long and brightly the thought of its transient refreshment dwells in the memory.
      - [Abstinence]

Whatever is genuine in social relations endures, despite of time, error, absence, and destiny; and that which has no inherent vitality had better die at once. A great poet has truly declared that constancy is no virtue, but a fact.
      - [Constancy]

Whoever has set his whole heart upon book-making had better be sought in his works, for it is only the lees of his cup of life which he offers, in person, to the warm lips of his fellows.
      - [Authorship]

Without the definiteness of sculpture and painting, music is, for that very reason, far more suggestive. Like Milton's Eve, an outline, an impulse, is furnished, and the imagination does the rest.
      - [Music]

For Truth makes holy Love's illusive dreams,
  And their best promise constantly redeems.
      - Sonnets (XXII) [Love]


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