Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning.— Lydia M. Child
The most genuine Lydia M. Child quotes that are little-known but priceless
An effort made for the happiness of others lifts above ourselves.
Misfortune is never mournful to the soul that accepts it;
for such do always see that every cloud is an angel's face.
You find yourself refreshed in the presence of cheerful people.
Why not make an honest effort to confer that pleasure on others? Half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy.
Make people happy and there will not be half the quarreling, or a tenth part of the wickedness there now is.
Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father.
Love is the divine quality that everywhere produces and restores life.
To each and every one of us, it gives the power of working miracles if we will.
Over the river and through the wood, To grandfather's house we go;
The horse knows the way To carry the sleigh, Through the white and drifted snow.
England may as well dam up the waters of the Nile with bulrushes as to fetter the step of Freedom, more proud and firm in this youthful land than where she treads the sequestered glens of Scotland, or couches herself among the magnificent mountains of Switzerland.
The cure for all the ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrows, and the crimes of humanity, all lie in the one word 'love'. It is the divine vitality that everywhere produces and restores life.
The boughs of no two trees ever have the same arrangement.
Nature always produces individuals; She never produces classes.
We first crush people to the earth, and then claim the right of trampling on them forever, because they are prostrate.
Home - that blessed word, which opens to the human heart the most perfect glimpse of Heaven, and helps to carry it thither, as on an angel's wings.
I was gravely warned by some of my female acquaintances that no woman could expect to be regarded as a lady after she had written a book.
Prejudices of all kinds have their strongest holds in the minds of the vulgar and the ignorant.
our republican ideas cannot be consistently carried out while women are excluded from any share in the government. ... Any class of human beings to whom a position of perpetual subordination is assigned, however much they may be petted and flattered, must inevitably be dwarfed, morally and intellectually.
Misfortune is never mournful to the soul that accepts it;
for such do always see that every cloud is an angel's face. Every man deems that he has precisely the trials and temptations which are the hardest of all others for him to bear; but they are so, simply because they are the very ones he most needs.
Happiness consists not in having much, but in wanting no more than you have.
Genius hath electric power which earth can never tame.
Genius hath electric power; Which earth can never tame; Bright suns may scorch and dark clouds lower; Its flash is still the same.
It is right noble to fight with wickedness and wrong;
the mistake is in supposing that spiritual evil can be overcome by physical means.
But men never violate the laws of God without suffering the consequences, sooner or later.
That a majority of women do not wish for any important change in their social and civil condition, merely proves that they are the unreflecting slaves of custom.
No music is so pleasant to my ears as that word-father.
Avoid the necessity of a physician, if you can, by careful attention to your diet. Eat what best agrees with your system, and resolutely abstain from what hurts you, however well you may like it. A few days' abstinence, and cold water for a beverage, has driven off many an approaching disease.
affectation is fond of making a greater show than reality.
... Nature and truth have never learned to blow the trumpet, and never will.
a great mind can attend to little things, but a little mind cannot attend to great things.
Even if nothing worse than wasted mental effort could be laid to the charge of theology, that alone ought to be sufficient to banish it from the earth, as one of the worst enemies of mankind.
I think we have reason to thank God for Abraham Lincoln.
With all his deficiencies, it must be admitted that he has grown continually.
There was a time when all these things would have passed me by, like the flitting figures of a theatre, sufficient for the amusement of an hour. But now, I have lost the power of looking merely on the surface.
Law is not law, if it violates the principles of eternal justice.
Work! work! that is my unfailing cure for all troubles.
All who strive to live for something beyond mere selfish aims find their capacities for doing good very inadequate to their aspirations. They do so much less than they want to do, and so much less than they, at the outset, expected to do, that their lives, viewed retrospectively, inevitably look like failure.
We must not forget that all great revolutions and reformations would look mean and meagre if examined in detail as they occurred at the time.
Ah, my friend, that is the only true church organization, when heads and hearts unite in working for the welfare of the human race!
To everything there is a bright side and a dark side;
and I hold it to be unwise, unphilosophic, unkind to others, and unhealthy for one's own soul, to form the habit of looking on the dark side. Cheerfulness is to the spiritual atmosphere what sunshine is to the earthly landscape. I am resolved to cherish cheerfulness with might and main.
Neither lemonade nor anything else can prevent the inroads of old age.
At present, I am stoical under its advances, and hope I shall remain so. I have but one prayer at heart; and that is, to have my faculties so far preserved that I can be useful, in some way or other, to the last.
the excess of all good things is mischievous.
It is impossible to exaggerate the evil work theology has done in the world.
The rarest attainment is to grow old happily and gracefully.
In the first place, the government ought not to be invested with power to control the affections, any more than the consciences of citizens. A man has at least as good a right to choose his wife, as he has to choose his religion. His taste may not suit his neighbors; but so long as his deportment is correct, they have no right to interfere with his concerns.
In the first place, an unjust law exists in this Commonwealth, by which marriages between persons of different color is pronounced illegal. I am perfectly aware of the gross ridicule to which I may subject myself by alluding to this particular; but I have lived too long, and observed too much, to be disturbed by the world's mockery.
Philosophy and the arts are but a manifestation of the intelligible ideas that move the public mind; and thus they become visible images of the nations whence they emanate.
Thy treasures of gold Are dim with the blood of the hearts thou hast sold;
Thy home may be lovely, but round it I hear The crack of the whip, and the footsteps of fear.
A human heart can never grow old if it takes a lively interest in the pairing of birds, the reproduction of flowers, and the changing tints of autumn leaves.
So easy it is to see the errors of past ages, so difficult to acknowledge our own!
The eye of genius has always a plaintive expression, and its natural language is pathos.
That man's best works should be such bungling imitations of Nature's infinite perfection, matters not much; but that he should make himself an imitation, this is the fact which Nature moans over, and deprecates beseechingly. Be spontaneous, be truthful, be free, and thus be individuals! is the song she sings through warbling birds, and whispering pines, and roaring waves, and screeching winds.
Nature made us individuals, as she did the flowers and the pebbles;
but we are afraid to be peculiar, and so our society resembles a bag of marbles, or a string of mold candles. Why should we all dress after the same fashion? The frost never paints my windows twice alike.
It is wonderful how shy even liberal ministers generally are about trusting people with the plain truth concerning their religion. They want to veil it in a supernatural haze. They are very reluctant to part with the old idea that God has given to Jews and Christians a peculiar monopoly of truth. It is a selfish view of God's government of the world, and it is time that we knew enough to outgrow it.