Feelings are like chemicals, the more you analyze them the worse they smell.— Charles Kingsley
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A blessed thing it is for any man or woman to have a friend, one human soul whom we can trust utterly, who knows the best and worst of us, and who loves us in spite of all our faults.
If "ifs" and "ands" were pots and pans, there'd be no work for tinkers' hands
Friendship is like a glass ornament, once it is broken it can rarely be put back together exactly the same way.
How soon not now becomes never.
All we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle will never know.
There are two freedoms -- the false, where a man is free to do what he likes;
the true, where he is free to do what he ought.
There are two freedoms - the false, where a man is free to do what he likes;
the true, where he is free to do what he ought.
We shall be made truly wise if we be made content;
content, too, not only with what we can understand, but content with what we do not understand-the habit of mind which theologians call, and rightly, faith in God.
Those clouds are angels' robes.
If you wish to be miserable, think about yourself, about what you want, what you like, what respect people ought to pay you, what people think of you; and then to you nothing will be pure. You will spoil everything you touch; you will make sin and misery for yourself out of everything God sends you; you will be as wretched as you choose.
In proportion as man gets back the spirit of manliness, which is self-sacrifice, affection, loyalty loan idea beyond himself, a God above himself, so far will he rise above circumstances, and wield them at his will.
Some say that the age of chivalry is past, that the spirit of romance is dead.
The age of chivalry is never past, so long as there is a wrong left unredressed on earth.
The most wonderful and the strongest things in the world, you know, are just the things which no one can see.
[A]ll the ingenious men, and all the scientific men, and all the fanciful men, in the world,... could never invent, if all their wits were boiled into one, anything so curious and so ridiculous as a lobster.
Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever.
Beauty is God's handwriting — a wayside sacrament;
welcome it in every fair face, every fair sky, every fair flower, and thank for it Him.
Cheerfulness is full of significance: it suggests good health, a clear conscience, and a soul at peace with all human nature.
Depend upon it, a man never experiences such pleasure or grief after fourteen years as he does before, unless in some cases, in his first lovemaking, when the sensation is new to him
Pain is no evil, unless it conquers us.
The men whom I have seen succeed best in life always have been cheerful and hopeful men; who went about their business with a smile on their faces; and took the changes and chances of this mortal life like men; facing rough and smooth alike as it came.
It is only the great hearted who can be true friends.
The mean and cowardly, Can never know what true friendship means.
Young blood must have its course, lad, and every dog its day.
See the land, her Easter keeping, Rises as her Maker rose.
Seeds, so long in darkness sleeping, Burst at last from winter snows. Earth with heaven above rejoices.
Look at the bow in the cloud, in the very rain itself.
That is a sign that the sun, though you cannot see it, is shining still -- that up above beyond the cloud is still sunlight and warmth and cloudless blue sky.
There is a great deal of human nature in man.
You must not talk about 'ain't and can't' when you speak of this great wonderful world round you, of which the wisest man knows only the very smallest corner, and is, as the great Sir Isaac Newton said, only a child picking up pebbles on the shore of a boundless ocean.
Except a living man, there is nothing more wonderful than a book.
For to be discontented with the divine discontent, and to be ashamed with the noble shame, is the very germ and first upgrowth of all virtue.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Truth, for its own sake, had never been a virtue with the Roman clergy.
Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.
Every duty which is bidden to wait returns with seven fresh duties at its back.
Better is old wine than new, and old friends like-wise.
Possession means to sit astride the world Instead of having it astride of you.
The Water Babies "Young and Old" When all the world is young, lad, And all the trees are green; And every goose a swan, lad, And every lass a queen; Then hey for boot and horse, lad, And round the world away: Young blood must have its course, lad, And every dog his day.
Every winter, When the great sun has turned his face away, The earth goes down into a vale of grief, And fasts, and weeps, and shrouds herself in sables, Leaving her wedding-garlands to decay- Then leaps in spring to his returning kisses.
The world is God's world, after all.
If you want to be miserable, think about yourself, about what you want, what you like, what respect people ought to pay you and what people think of you.
Our wanton accidents take root, and grow To vaunt themselves God's laws.
Do you think that a man is renewed by God's Spirit, when except for a few religious phrases, and a little more outside respectability, he is just the old man, the same character at heart he ever was?
In the light of fuller day, Of purer science, holier laws.
Grandeur . . . consists in form, and not in size: and to the eye of the philosopher, the curve drawn on a paper two inches long, is just as magnificent, just as symbolic of divine mysteries and melodies, as when embodied in the span of some cathedral roof.
What is the commonest, and yet the least remembered form of heroism? The heroism of an average mother. Ah! when I think of that broad fact I gather hope again for poor humanity, and this dark world looks bright, this diseased world looks wholesome to me once more, because, whatever else it is or is not full of, it is at least full of mothers.
Nothing that man ever invents will absolve him from the universal necessity of being good as God is good, righteous as God is righteous, and holy as God is holy.
O Mary, go and call the cattle home, And call the cattle home, And call the cattle home, Across the sands o' Dee!
We ought to reverence books; to look on them as useful and mighty things. If they are good and true, whether they are about religion, politics, farming, trade, law, or medicine, they are the message of Christ, the maker of all things -- the teacher of all truth.
The world goes up and the world goes down, the sunshine follows the rain;
and yesterday's sneer and yesterday's frown can never come over again.