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The Channel is that silver strip of sea which severs merry England from the tardy realms of Europe.
- in the "Church and State Review", Apr. 1, 1863
The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C', the idea must be feasible.
- Yale Univ. professor on Fred Smith's idea for FedEx delivery service
The deeper men go into life, the deeper is their conviction that this life is not all. It is an "unfinished symphony." A day may round out an insect's life, and a bird or a beast needs no to-morrow. Not so with him who knows that he is related to God and has felt "the power of an endless life."
The defender of his country--the founder of liberty,
The friend of man,
History and tradition are explored in vain
For a parallel to his character.
In the annals of modern greatness
He stands alone;
And the noblest names of antiquity
Lose their lustre in his presence.
Born the benefactor of mankind,
He united all the greatness necessary
To an illustrious career.
Nature made him great,
He made himself virtuous.
- part of an epitaph found on the back of a portrait of Washington sent to his family from England, see Werner's "Readings", no. 49, p. 77
The fewer the thoughtless words spoken, the less regret.
The king of France with twenty thousand men
Went up the hill, and then came down again:
The king of Spain with twenty thousand more
Climbed the same hill the French had climbed before.
- from Sloane Manuscript 1489, written time of Charles I
The medicine chest of the soul.
- inscription of a library [Libraries]
The Natural Clock-work by the might One
Wound up at first, and ever since have gone.
- a part of a sun dial motto on the south porch of Seaham Church, Durham, England
[Sun Dial Mottoes]
The real Lent is the putting forth of a man's hand to quiet his own passions and to push them aside, that the higher voices may speak to him and the higher touches fall upon him. It is the: making of an emptiness about the soul, that the higher fullness may fill it. Perhaps some day the lower needs may themselves become, and dignify themselves by becoming, the meek interpreters and ministers of those very powers which they once shut out from the soul. There will be no fasting days, no Lent, in heaven. Not because we shall have no bodies there, but because our bodies there will be open to God, the helps and not the hindrances of spiritual communication to our souls.
The rich never want kindred.
The rise of every man he loved to trace,
Up to the very pod O!
And, in baboons, our parent race
Was found by old Monboddo.
Their A, B, C, he made them speak,
And learn their qui, quae, quod, O!
Till Hebrew, Latin, Welsh, and Greek
They knew as well's Monboddo!
- ballad in "Blackwood's Mag" referring to monkey theory of James Burnett (Lord Monboddo)
The Thanksgiving need bring us no special boasting that we live to-day, because such boasting reproaches that yesterday to which Christ lived, and in which the earth is all marked with the footsteps of the mighty. The day need bring no laments that we are poor or full of toil, for the words "poor" and "rich" play only a small part in the vast history of true happiness; no laments that we cannot live a hundred years from the present, for each century has the same God and the same personal questions, just as it has the same sunshine. The one task and joy of each mortal, in whatever age or land, is to weave a song out of his own days and years, and, in any time or condition, to breathe a prayer in the name of his soul. The long and rich procession of humanity seen as filing over the great plains of the past--a procession headed by such beings as Jesus Christ--carrying banners of love, and chanting, as they march, the hymns of immortality, gives assurance that it is an amazing event for us to be carried through these many centuries in the great chariot of existence, and reason enough for our hymn and prayer of thanksgiving to the God of our life.
- [Thanksgiving Day]
The weakest goeth to the wall.
- title of a play printed in 1600 and 1618
The White Plume of Navarre.
- name given to the New York "Tribune" during the U.S. Civil War
There are four kinds of people, three of which are to be avoided and the fourth cultivated: those who don't know that they don't know; those who know that they don't know; those who don't know that they know; and those who know that they know.
- rendering of an Arab proverb
[Knowledge : Proverbs]
"There beauty half her glory veils,
In cabs, those gondolas on wheels."
- said to be taken from "May Fair", a satire publication
There has been a marvelous change in England during the last fifty years. Nowhere is labor so thoroughly organized, and nowhere has it acquired greater power. It has representatives in Parliament; has removed from the statute books many laws that were oppressive to wage-earning and tenant classes, and secured the wisest and most elaborate factory legislation to be found in the world. Trades unions are now recognized by the state as legitimate and necessary organizations. Their rights and functions are clearly defined. They are regularly incorporated; are thus made amenable to the law, and are protected by it in the exercise of their proper functions. In these respects labor organization in England is far in advance of this country. It is comparatively new here; and we have had since it began many of the excesses that characterized it during its first century in England.
- [Labor Day]
There is so much good in the worst of us,
And so much bad in the best of us,
That it ill behoves any of us
To find fault with the rest of us.
- sometimes attributed to R.L. Stevenson, Kansas Gov. Hoch, E.T. Fowler, and others
They that do nothing are in the readiest way to do that which is worse than nothing.
Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
All the rest have thirty-one
Excepting February alone:
Which hath but twenty-eight, in fine,
Till leap year gives it twenty-nine.
- common in New England States [Months]
Thus the fable tells us, that the wren mounted as high as the eagle, by getting upon his back.
- in the "Tatler", no. 224 [Wrens]
To be enduring, a peace must be endurable.
To do good and be evil spoken of, is kingly.
[Lat., Bene facere et male audire regium est.]
- on the town hall of Zittau, Saxony
To face the inevitable is to confront something sacred. As long as anything is uncertain, the roads are open in more than one direction, and right and wrong may have many aspects. But let the issue be determined, let the die be cast, and acceptance and adjustment become our immediate duty. Until God's will is known, we may work and wrestle and pray to carry our point, to save the day, to win the prize, spurred only the more by the uncertainty of the result. But let the result be known, however dark and disappointing, and we should view it in the light of God's plan to make us His evident children, and ask what we are to learn, what next we are to do. Chafing, fretting and complaining are more than a waste of time and energy. End that episode with an amen. Refer the inevitable to God, and face the future, not only with knowledge born of new experience, but with the courage born of the faith, that God's will is always best, and sooner or later will seem best to us.
- found in "Life of John Sterling", p. 84 (People's Ed.), applied to teachings of Coleridge
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