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To the timid and hesitating everything is impossible because it seems so.
To the very last, he [Napoleon] had a kind of idea; that, namely, of la carriere ouverte aux talent--the tools to him that can handle them.
Treason seldom dwells with courage.
'Twas Christmas broached the mightiest ale,
'Twas Christmas told the merriest tale.
We build statues out of snow, and weep to see them melt.
We hold our greyhound in our hand,
Our falcon on our glove;
But where shall we find leash, or band,
For dame that loves to rove?
We often praise the evening clouds,
And tints so gay and bold,
But seldom think upon our God,
Who tinged these clouds with gold.
We shall never learn to feel and respect our real calling and destiny, unless we have taught ourselves to consider everything as moonshine, compared with the education of the heart.
Welcome, grave stranger, to our green retreats,
Where health with exercise and freedom meets.
What an ornament and safeguard is humor! Far better than wit for a poet and writer. It is a genius itself, and so defends from the insanities.
What can they see in the longest kingly line in Europe, save that it s runs back to a successful soldier?
What various scenes, and O! what scenes of Woe,
Are witness'd by that red and struggling beam!
The fever'd patient, from his pallet low,
Through crowded hospitals beholds it stream;
The ruined maiden trembles at its gleam,
The debtor wakes to thought of gyve and jail,
The love-lorn wretch starts from tormenting dream;
The wakeful mother, by the glimmering pale,
Trims her sick infant's couch, and soothes his feeble wail.
When a man has not a good reason for doing a thing, he has one good reason for letting it alone.
When a man hasn't a good reason for doing a thing, he has a good reason for letting it alone.
When dark December glooms the day, and takes our autumn joys away.
When true friends meet in adverse hour,
'Tis like a sunbeam through a shower;
A watery ray an instant seen,
The darkly closing clouds between.
Who loves not more the night of June than cold December's gloomy noon?
Whose lenient sorrows find relief, whose joys are chastened by their grief.
Without courage there cannot be truth, and without truth there can be no other virtue.
Worship and birth to me are known
By look, by bearing, and by tone,
Not by furred robe, or broidered zone.
It was at the close of an early spring day, when nature, in a cold province of Scotland, was reviving from her winter's sleep, and the air at least, though not the vegetation, gave promise of an abatement of the rigour of the season, that two travellers, whose appearance at that early period sufficiently announced their wandering character, which, in general, secured a free passage even through a dangerous were seen coming from the south-westward, within a few miles of the Castle of Douglas, and seemed to be holding their course in the direction of the river of that name, whose dale afforded a species of approach to that memorable feudal fortress.
- Castle Dangerous (ch. 1)
[Books (First Lines)]
Haste thee, haste thee, to be gone!
Earth flits fast and time draws on:
Gasp thy gasp, and groan thy groan!
Day is near the breaking.
- Death Chant [Death]
There are as good fish in the sea as ever came out of it.
- Fortunes of Nigel (ch. 35) [Fish : Proverbs]
Chance will not do the work--Chance sends the breeze;
But if the pilot slumber at the helm,
The very wind that wafts us towards the port
May dash us on the shelves.--The steersman's part is vigilance,
Blow it or rough or smooth.
- Fortunes of Nigel (ch. XXII) [Chance]
It's hame, and it's hame, and it's hame we fain would be,
Though the cloud is in the lift and the wind is on the lea;
For the sun through the mirk blinks blithe on mine e'e,
Says, "I'll shine on ye yet in your ain countrie."
- Fortunes of Nigel (ch. XXXI),
probably quoted [Sun]
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