I am convinced that there are times in everybody's experience when there is so much to be done, that the only way to do it is to sit down and do nothing.— Fanny Fern
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The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.
Our domestic Napoleons, too many of them, give flattery, bonnets and bracelets to women, and everything else but - justice.
O, girls! set your affections on cats, poodles, parrots or lap-dogs;
but let matrimony alone. It's the hardest way on earth to getting a living.
To her, the name of father was another name for love.
Uncles and aunts, and cousins, are all very well, and fathers and mothers are not to be despised; but a grandmother, at holiday time, is worth them all.
The term 'lady' has been so misused, that I like better the old-fashioned term, woman.
Hoary-headed old Winter, I have had enough of you!
Too much indulgence has ruined thousands of children; too much love not one.
To the Pilgrim Mothers, who not only had their full share of the hardships and privations of pioneer life but also had the Pilgrim Fathers to endure.
they who are not fastidious as to the means, seldom fail of securing the result they aim at.
Few husbands (and the longer I observe, the more I am convinced of the truth of what I am about to say, and I make no exception in favor of education or station) have the magnanimity to use justly, generously, the power which the law puts in their hands.
Everything in the country, animate and inanimate, seems to whisper, be serene, be kind, be happy. We grow tolerant there unconsciously.
Well, it is a humiliating reflection, that the straightest road to a man's heart is through his palate.
Dear reader, true religion is not gloomy.
Oh! to be a child again. My only treasures, bits of shell and stone and glass. To love nothing but maple sugar. To fear nothing but a big dog. To go to sleep without dreading the morrow. To wake up with a shout. Not to have seen a dead face. Not to dread a living one. To be able to believe.
Nowhere more than in New York does the contest between squalor and splendor so sharply present itself.
Experience is an excellent doctor, though he never had a diploma.
Blessed be sleep! We are all young then; we are all happy. Then our dead are living.
There are no little things. "Little things," so called, are the hinges of the universe.
Hurry, drive and bustle ... Everybody looking out for number one, and caring little who jostled past, if their rights were not infringed.
Why will parents use that expression? What right have you to have a favorite child?
No crust so tough as the grudged bread of dependence.
Advice is like a doctor's pills; how easily he gives them! how reluctantly he takes them when his turn comes!
I dare say you will try to make me believe that Editors are human.
Now I deny that, for I myself have, in past days, had evidence to the contrary.
I am getting sick of people. I am falling in love with things. They hold their tongues.
Pity that gold should always bring with it the canker - covetousness.
How strong sometimes is weakness!
Fitz Allen had 'traveled;' and that is generally understood to mean to go abroad and remain a period of time long enough to grow a fierce beard, and fierce mustache, and cultivate a thorough contempt for everything in your own country.
You are taken sick; you send for a physician; he comes in, stays ten minutes, prescribes for you a healing medicine, and charges you three or four dollars. You call this 'extortionate' - forgetting the medical books he must have waded through, the revolting dissections he must have witnessed and participated in, and the medical lectures he must have digested, to have enabled him to pronounce on your case so summarily and satisfactorily.
The cream of enjoyment in this life is always impromptu.
The chance walk; the unexpected visit; the unpremeditated journey; the unsought conversation or acquaintance.
Hotel life is about the same in every latitude.
Show me an 'easy person,' and I will show you a selfish one.
Good-natured he may be; why not? since the disastrous consequences of his 'easiness' are generally shouldered by other people.
There are so many ready to write (poor fools!) for the honor and glory of the thing, and there are so many ready to take advantage of this fact, and withhold from needy talent the moral right to a deserved remuneration.
What a pity when editors review a woman's book, that they so often fall into the error of reviewing the woman instead.
Light hearts seldom keep company with heavy coffers.
A little oil makes machinery work easy.
It is the most astonishing thing that persons who have not sufficient education to spell correctly, to punctuate properly, to place capital letters in the right places, should, when other means of support fail, send mss. for publication.
Can anybody tell me why reporters, in making mention of lady speakers, always consider it to be necessary to report, fully and firstly, the dresses worn by them? When John Jones or Senator Rouser frees his mind in public, we are left in painful ignorance of the color and fit of his pants, coat, necktie and vest - and worse still, the shape of his boots. This seems to me a great omission.
When a literary person's exhaustive work is over, the last thing he wishes to do is to talk books.
I hate the word proper. If you tell me a thing is not proper, I immediately feel the most rabid desire to go 'neck and heels' into it.
adversity is so rough a teacher!
Why don't men ... leave off those detestable stiff collars, stocks, and things, that make them all look like choked chickens, and which hide so many handsomely-turned throats, that a body never sees, unless a body is married, or unless a body happens to see a body's brothers while they are shaving.
One person is as good as another in New England, and better, too.
Every father knows at once too much and too little about his own son.
Never ask a favor until you are drawing your last breath; and never forget one.