Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.— Douglas William Jerrold
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The only athletic sport I ever mastered was backgammon.
After all there is something about a wedding-gown prettier than in any other gown in the world.
He is one of those wise philanthropists who, in a time of famine, would vote for nothing, but a supply of toothpicks.
A man never so beautifully shows his own strength as when he respects a woman's softness.
A coquette is like a recruiting sergeant, always on the lookout for fresh victims.
Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in stranger's gardens.
Marriage is like wine. It is not be properly judged until the second glass.
A man is in no danger so long as he talks his love;
but to write it is to impale himself on his own pothooks.
Grumblers deserve to be operated upon surgically; their trouble is usually chronic.
Quality, not quantity, is my measure.
A blessed companion is a book! A book that, fitly chosen, is a life-long friend.
A book — the unfailing Damon to his loving Pythias. A book that — at a touch — pours its heart into our own.
He was so benevolent, so merciful a man that, in his mistaken passion, he would have held an umbrella over a duck in a shower of rain.
There is peace more destructive of the manhood of living man than war is destructive of his material body.
Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers' gardens.
The surest way to hit a woman's heart is to take aim kneeling.
The blackest of fluid is used as an agent to enlighten the world.
Fortunes made in no time are like shirts made in no time;
it's ten to one if they hang long together.
The best thing I know between France and England is the sea.
The language of women should be luminous, but not voluminous.
A man, so to speak, who is not able to bow to his own conscience every morning is hardly in a condition to respectfully salute the world at any other time of the day.
Some people are so fond of bad luck they run half way to meet it.
A conservative is a man who will not look at the new moon out of respect for that 'ancient institution' the old one.
If slander be a snake, it is a winged one - it flies as well as creeps.
He who owns the soil, owns up to the sky.
Don't buy a single vote more than necessary.
Jewels! It's my belief that when woman was made, jewels were invented only to make her the more mischievous.
Slugs crawl and crawl over our cabbages, like the world's slander over a good name. You may kill them, it is true; but there is the slime.
Self-defense is the clearest of all laws; and for this reason - the lawyers didn't make it.
Women, somehow, have the same fear of witty men as of fireworks.
Gravity is more suggestive than convincing.
A piece of simple goodness--a letter gushing from the heart;
a beautiful unstudied vindication of the worth and untiring sweetness of human nature--a record of the invulnerability of man, armed with high purpose, sanctified by truth.
It takes all sorts of people to make a world.
A pill that the present moment is daily bread to thousands.
We love peace, as we abhor pusillanimity; but not peace at any price.
Reputations, like beavers and cloaks, shall last some people twice the time of others.
Nature designed us to be of good cheer.
Religion is in the heart, not in the knees.
Luck, mere luck may make even madness wisdom.
Intemperance is the epitome of every crime, the cause of every kind of misery.
There are some people as obtuse in recognizing an argument as they are in appreciating wit. You couldn't drive it into their heads with a hammer.
There are a good many pious people who are as careful of their religion as of their best service of china, only using it on holy occasions, for fear it should get chipped or flawed in working-day wear.
Habitual intoxication is the epitome of every crime.
That man is thought a dangerous knave, Or zealot plotting crime, Who for advancement of his kind Is wiser than his time.
Etiquette has no regard for moral qualities.
I never hear the rattling of dice that it does not sound to me like the funeral bell of the whole family.
Malice blunts the point of wit.
Keep your eyes and ears open, if you desire to get on in the world.
Man owes two solemn debts--one to society, and one to-nature.
It is only when he pays the second that he covers the first.