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Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.
- Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. XI, v. 1)
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
- Bible, Isaiah (ch. LXI, v. 3)
Where there is much general deformity nature has often, perhaps generally, accorded some one bodily grace even in over-measure. So, no doubt, with the intellect and disposition, only it is frequently less apparent, and we give ourselves but little trouble to discover it.
- John Frederick Boyes
There is a day of sunny rest
For every dark and troubled night;
And grief may hide an evening guest,
But joy shall come with early light.
- William Cullen Bryant
Each loss has its compensation
There is healing for every pain,
But the bird with a broken pinion
Never soars so high again.
- Hezekiah Butterworth, The Broken Pinion
We devote the activity of our youth to revelry and the decrepitude of our old age to repentance: and we finish the farce by bequeathing our dead bodies to the chancel, which when living, we interdicted from the church.
- Charles Caleb Colton
The toil's reward, that sweet industry,
As love inspires with strength the enraptur'd thrush.
- Ebenezer Elliott ("The Corn Law Rhymer")
Curses always recoil on the head of him who imprecates them. If you put a chain around the neck of a slave, the other end fastens itself around your own.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
If the gatherer gathers too-much, Nature takes out of the man what she puts into his chest; swells the estate, but kills the owner. Nature hates, monopolies and exceptions.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Universally, the better gold the worse man. The political economist defies us to show any gold mine country that is traversed by good roads, or a shore where pearls are found on which good schools are erected.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
If the poor man cannot always get meat, the rich man cannot always digest it.
- Henry Giles
As some tall cliff that lifts its awful form,
Swell from the vale, and midway leaves the storm,
Though round its breast the rolling clouds are spread,
Eternal sunshine settles on its head.
- Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
The coming years bring many advantages with them: retiring they take away many.
[Lat., Multa ferunt anni venientes commoda secum:
Multa recedentes adimunt.]
- Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
Ars Poetica (CLXXV)
'Tis always morning somewhere in the world.
- Richard Hengist (Henry) Horne, Orion
(bk. III, canto II)
Nothing is pure and entire of a piece. All advantages are attended with disadvantages. A universal compensation prevails in all conditions of being and existence.
- David Hume
The equity of Providence has balanced peculiar sufferings with peculiar enjoyments.
- Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")
The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them.
- Benjamin Jowett
Whatever difference may appear in the fortunes. of mankind, there is, nevertheless, a certain compensation of good and evil which makes them equal.
- Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld
Since we are exposed to inevitable sorrows, wisdom is the art of finding compensation.
- Duc de Levis, Gaston Pierre Marc
O weary hearts! O slumbering eyes!
O drooping souls, whose destinies
Are fraught with fear and pain,
Ye shall be loved again.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Endymion
'Tis always morning somewhere.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
Tales of a Wayside Inn--Birds of Killingworth
Earth gets its price for what Earth gives us,
The beggar is taxed for a corner to die in,
The priest hath his fee who comes and shrives us,
We bargain for the graves we lie in;
At the devil's booth are all things sold,
Each ounce of dross costs its ounce of gold;
For a cap and bells our lives we pay.
Bubbles we buy with a whole soul's tasking,
'Tis heaven alone that is given away,
'Tis only God may be had for the asking,
No price is set on the lavish summer;
June may be had by the poorest comer.
- James Russell Lowell,
Vision of Sir Launfal (prelude to pt. I)
The poor eat always mere relishable food than the rich; hunger makes the dishes sweet, and this occurs almost never with rich people.
Merciful Father, I will not complain.
I know that the sunshine shall follow the rain.
- Joaquin Miller (pseudonym of Cincinnatus Hiner Miller),
For Princess Maud
The prickly thorn often bears soft roses.
[Lat., Saepe creat molles aspera spina rosas.]
- Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
Epistoloe Ex Ponto (II, 2, 34)
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