Every great crisis of human history is a pass of Thermopylae, and there is always a Leonidas and his three hundred to die in it, if they can not conquer.— George William Curtis
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A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
Life is a rich strain of music, suggesting a realm too fair to be.
Age is a matter if feeling, not of years.
Anger, even when it punishes the faults of delinquents, ought not to precede reason as its mistress, but attend as a handmaid at the back of reason, to come to the front when bidden. For once it begins to take control of the mind, it calls just what it does cruelly.
The test of civilization is the estimate of woman.
Among savages she is a slave. In the dark ages of Christianity she is a toy and a sentimental goddess. With increasing moral light, and greater liberty, and more universal justice, she begins to develop as an equal human being.
Stratagem is the right hand of cunning.
Romance like a ghost escapes touching;
it is always where you are not, not where you are. The interview or conversation was prose at the time, but it is poetry in the memory.
Age is a matter of feeling, not of years.
Nature makes woman to be won and men to win.
Happiness is speechless.
A tree which has lost its head will never recover it again, and will survive only as a monument of the ignorance and folly of its Tormentor.
Reputation is favorable notoriety as distinguished from fame, which is permanent approval of great deeds and noble thoughts by the best intelligence of mankind.
Prussia is great because her people are intelligent.
They know the alphabet. The alphabet is conquering the world.
Our great social and political advantage is opportunity.
The sure foundations of the state are laid in knowledge, not in ignorance;
and every sneer at education, at culture, at book learning, which is the recorded wisdom of the experience of mankind, is the demagogue's sneer at intelligent liberty, inviting national degeneracy and ruin.
In the journey of the year, the autumn is Venice, spring is Naples, certainly, and the majestic maturity of summer is Rome.
It is the most human and kindly of seasons, as fully penetrated and irradiated with the feeling of human brotherhood, which is the essential spirit of Christianity, as the month of June with sunshine and the balmy breath of roses.
Progress begins with the minority. It is completed by persuading the majority, by showing the reason and the of the step forward, and that is accomplished by appealing to the intelligence of the majority.
The test of civilization is its estimate of women.
Happiness lies first of all in health.
The world is not made for the prosperous alone, nor for the strong.
I think that to have known one good, old man-one man, who, through the chances and mischances of a long life, has carried his heart in his hand, like a palm-branch, waving all discords into peace-helps our faith in God, in ourselves, and in each other more than many sermons
Patriotism is the vital condition of national permanence.
Good taste consists first upon fitness.
There is very little moral mixture in the 'Antislavery' feeling of this country.
A great deal is abstract philanthropy; part is hatred of slaveholders; a great part is jealousy for white labor, very little is consciousness of wrong done and the wish to right it.
While we read history we make history.
Heroes in history seem to us poetic because they are there.
But if we should tell the simple truth of some of our neighbors, it would sound like poetry.
True invective requires great imagination.
A journal should be neither an echo nor a pander.
Books are the ever burning lamps of accumulated wisdom.
It is not observed in history that families improve with time.
Through all history, from the beginning, a noble army of martyrs have fought fiercely and fallen bravely for that unseen mistress, their country. So, through all history, to the end, as long as men believe in God that army must still march and fall, recruited only from the flower of mankind, cheered only by their own hope of humanity, strong only in the confidence of their cause.
Books of entertainment first led Adam Clarke to believe in a spiritual world.
Dreams come true if you survive the hard times!
Virtue does not truly reward her votary if she leaves him sad and half doubtful whether it would not have been better to serve vice.
Our common liberty is consecrated by a common sorrow.
The Pride of ancestry increases in the ratio of distance.
I walked beside the evening sea And dreamed a dream that could not be;
The waves that plunged along the shore Said only: "Dreamer, dream no more!"
Imagination is as good as many voyages - and how much cheaper.
A river is the cosiest of friends. You must love it and live with it before you can know it.