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ROBERT SOUTHEY
English poet and prose writer
(1774 - 1843)
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I have heard a good story of Charles Fox. When his house was on fire, he found all efforts to save it useless, and, being a good draughtsman, he went up to the next hill to make a drawing of the fire,--the best instance of philosophy I ever heard of.
      - [Resignation]

I have told you of the Spaniard who always put on his spectacles when about to eat cherries, that they might look bigger and more tempting. In like manner I make the most of my enjoyments; and though I do not cast my eyes away from my troubles, I pack them in as little compass as I can for myself, and never let them annoy others.
      - [Cheerfulness]

If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams--the more they are condensed the deeper they burn.
      - [Brevity]

It behooves us always to bear in mind, that while actions are always to be judged by the immutable standard of right and wrong, the judgments which we pass upon men must be qualified by considerations of age, country, station, and other accidental circumstances; and it will then be found that he who is most charitable in his judgment is generally the least unjust.
      - [Judgment]

It is not for man to rest in absolute contentment. He is born to hopes and aspirations, as the sparks fly upward, he has brutified his nature, and quenched the spirit of immortality, which is his portion.
      - [Ambition : Contentment]

It is only our mortal duration that we measure by visible and measurable objects; and there is nothing mournful in the contemplation for one who knows that the Creator made him to be the image of his own eternity, and who feels that in the desire for immortality he has sure proof of his capacity for it.
      - [Immortality]

It was a goodly sight to see the embattled pomp, as with the step of stateliness the barbed steeds came on, to see the pennons rolling their long waves before the gale, and banners, broad and bright, tossing their blazonry.
      - [Battle]

John Bunyan had a great dread of spiritual pride; and once, after he had preached a very fine sermon, and his friends crowded round to shake him by the hand, while they expressed the utmost admiration of his eloquence, he interrupted them, saying: "Ay! you need not remind me of that, for the devil told me of it before I was out of the pulpit!"
      - [Pride]

Let no man write my epitaph; let my grave
  Be uninscribed, and let my memory rest
    Till other times are come, and other men,
      Who then may do me justice.
      - written after reading the speech of Robert Emmet
        [Epitaphs]

Let us depart! the universal sun
  Confines not to one land his blessed beams;
    Nor is man rooted, like a tree, whose seed
      The winds on some ungenial soil have cast
        There, where it cannot prosper.
      - [Emigration]

Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of your life.
      - [Youth]

Man hath a weary pilgrimage,
  As through the word he wends;
    On every stage, from youth to age,
      Still discontent attends.
      - [Discontent]

My notions about life are much the same as they are about travelling; there is a good deal of amusement on the road, but, after all, one wants to be at rest.
      - [Life]

My notions of life are much the same as they are about traveling; there is a good deal of amusement on the road; but, after all, one wants to be at rest.
      - [Quiet]

Never let any man imagine that he can pursue a good end by evil means, without sinning against his own soul! Any other issue is doubtful; the evil effect on himself is certain.
      - [Sin]

Never let man imagine that he can pursue a good end by evil means, without sinning against his own soul! Any other issue is doubtful; the evil effect on himself is certain.
      - [Evil]

No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth.
      - [Friendship]

Of all sights which can soften and humanize the heart of man, there is none that ought so surely to reach it as that of innocent children enjoying the happiness which is their proper and natural portion.
      - [Children]

Of all the sights which can soften and humanize the heart of men, there is none that ought so surely to reach it as that of innocent children, enjoying the happiness which is their proper and natural portion.
      - [Children]

One fault begets another; one crime renders another necessary.
      - [Guilt]

One of our poets--which is it?--speaks of an everlasting now.
      - [Present]

Order is the sanity of the mind, the health of the body, the peace of the city, the security of the State. As the beams to a house, as the bones to the microcosm of man, so is order to all things.
      - [Order]

Our knowledge, is our power, and God our strength.
      - [Knowledge]

Some voluntary castaways there will always be, whom no fostering kindness and no parental care can preserve from self-destruction; but if any are lost for want of care and culture, there is a sin of omission in the society to which they belong.
      - [Sin]

Take away love, and not physical nature only, but the heart of the moral world, would be palsied.
      - [Love]


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