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Best friends might loathe us, if what things perverse we know of our own selves they also knew.
Even the world, that despises simplicity, does not profess to approve of duplicity.
Grammar is the logic of speech, even as logic is the grammar of reason.
It was Lazarus' faith, not his poverty, which brought him into Abraham's bosom.
Language is the amber in which a thousand precious and subtle thoughts have been safely embedded and preserved. It has arrested ten thousand lightning flashes of genius, which unless fixed and arrested might have been as bright, but would have also been as quickly passing and perishing as the lightning.
Not all who seem to fail have failed indeed,
Not all who fail have therefor worked in vain.
There is no failure for the good and brave.
- attributed to [Failure]
Sin may be clasped so close, we cannot see its face.
Speak but little and well, if you would be esteemed as a man of merit.
The love of our own language, what is it, in fact, but the love of our country expressing itself in one particular direction?
The present is only intelligible in the light of the past.
The sin of pride is the sin of sins; in which all subsequent sins are included, as in their germ; they are but the unfolding of this one.
We kneel, how weak; we rise, how full of power!
Why, therefore, should we do ourselves this wrong,
Or others--that we are not always strong,
That we are ever overborne with care,
That we should ever weak or heartless be,
Anxious or troubled, when with us is prayer,
And joy and strength and courage are with Thee?
We speak of persons as jovial, as being born under the planet Jupiter or Jove, which was the joyfullest star and the happiest augury of all. A gloomy person was said to be saturnine, as being born under the planet Saturn, who was considered to make those who owned his influence, and were born when he was in the ascendant, grave and stern as himself.
None but God can satisfy the longings of an immortal soul; that as the heart was made for Him, so He only can fill it.
- Notes on the Parables--Prodigal Son [God]
Oh seize the instant time; you never will
With water once passed by impel the mill.
(ed. 1865), p. 303, "Proverbs, Turkish and Persian"
Thou cam'st not to thy place by accident,
It is the very place God meant for thee;
And should'st thou there small room for action see,
Do not for this give room for discontent.
- Sonnet [Destiny]
As shadows attend substances, so words follow upon things.
- Study of Words [Words]
What question can be here? Your own true heart
Must needs advise you of the only part:
That may be claim'd again which was but lent,
And should be yielded with no discontent,
Nor surely can we find herein a wrong,
That it was left us to enjoy it long.
- The Lent Jewels [Borrowing]
We live not in our moments or our years:
The present we fling from us like the rind
Of some sweet future, which we after find
Bitter to taste.
- To ----- [Life]