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American author, poet and moralist
(1819 - 1881)
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Every man's powers have relation to some kind of work; and whenever he finds that kind of work which he can do best--that to which his powers are best adapted--he finds that which will give him the best development, and that by which he can best build up, or make, his manhood.
      - [Man]

Everything good in a man thrives best when properly recognized.
      - [Goodness]

Faith draws the poison from every grief, takes the sting from every loss, and quenches the fire of every pain; and only faith can do it.
      - [Faith]

Fashion is aristocratic-autocratic.
      - [Fashion]

Fashion is not public opinion, or the result of embodiment of public opinion. It may be that public opinion will condemn the shape of a bonnet, as it may venture to do always, and with the certainty of being right nine times in ten: but fashion will place it upon the head of every woman in America; and, were it literally a crown of thorns, she would smile contentedly beneath the imposition.
      - [Fashion]

Fiction is most powerful when it contains most truth; and there is little truth we get so true as that which we find in fiction.
      - [Fiction]

God be thanked that there are some in the world to whose hearts the barnacles will not cling.
      - [Purity]

God gave every man individuality of constitution, and a chance for achieving individuality of character. He puts special instruments into every man's hands by which to make himself and achieve his mission.
      - [Individuality]

God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into the nest. He does not unearth the good that the earth contains, but He puts it in our way, and gives us the means of getting it ourselves.
      - [Labor]

Gossip is always a personal confession either of malice or imbecility, and the young should not only shun it, but by the most thorough culture relieve themselves from all temptation to indulge in it. It is a low, frivolous, and too often a dirty business. There are country neighborhoods in which it rages like a pest. Churches are split in pieces by it. Neighbors are made enemies by it for life. In many persons it degenerates into a chronic disease, which is practically incurable. Let the young cure it while they may.
      - [Gossip]

Heaven is not gained by a single bound,
  But we build the ladder by which we rise
    From the lowly earth to the vaulted skies;
      And we mount to its summit round by round.
      - [Spirituality]

Home, in one form or another, is the great object of life.
      - [Home]

How long must the church live before it will learn that strength is won by action, and success by work, and that all this immeasurable feeding without action and work is a positive damage to it--that it is the procurer of spiritual obesity, gout, and debility.
      - [Churches]

Humanity is constitutionally lazy.
      - [Laziness]

I have learned that to do one's next duty is to take a step toward all that is worth possessing.
      - [Duty]

I know of but one garment which the fashionable social life of this country borrows of Christianity; it is that ample garment of charity which covers a multitude of sins--particularly fashionable sins.
      - [Hypocrisy]

Ideals are the world's masters.
      - [Ideality]

Idleness is the sepulchre of a living man.
      - [Idleness]

if have got my spindle and my distaff ready--my pen and mind--never doubting for an instant that God will send me flax.
      - [Authorship]

If we will measure other people's corn in our own bushel, let us first take it to the Divine standard, and have it sealed.
      - [Judgment]

If you want learning, you must work for it.
      - [Learning]

Immortality--twin sister of Eternity.
      - [Immortality]

In the homes of America are born the children of America; and from them go out into American life, American men and women. They go out with the stamp of these homes upon them; and only as these homes are what they should be, will they be what they should be.
      - [Home]

It is better to be a self-made man,--filled up according to God's original pattern,--than to be half a man, made after some other man's pattern.
      - [Man]

It is only rogues who feel the restraints of law.
      - [Law]

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