it always seems to me as if the lavender was a little woman in a green dress, with a lavender bonnet and a white kerchief. She's one of those strong, sweet, wholesome people, who always rest you, and her sweetness lingers long after she goes away.— Myrtle Reed
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Love is an orchid which thrives principally on hot air.
It is personal vanity of the most flagrant type which intrudes itself, unasked, into other people's affairs. There are few of us who do not feel capable of ordering the daily lives of others, down to the most minute detail.
Impermanence is the very essence of joy-the drop of bitterness that enables one to perceive the sweet.
each separate flower has a magic all its own.
Silence always gives consent.
Heart-aches are forgotten, tears lose their bitterness, and like a leaf of lavendar in a store of linen, so does Memory make life sweet.
Married and unmarried women waste a great deal of time in feeling sorry for each other.
Three things I have longed to see ... The sea serpent, a white rhinoceros, and an unselfish man.
Not infrequently, when a man asks a woman to marry him, he means that he wants her to help him love himself, and if, blinded by her own feeling, she takes him for her captain, her pleasure craft becomes a pirate ship, the colours change to a black flag with a sinister sign, and her inevitable destiny is the coral reef.
If we all tried to make other people's paths easy, our own feet would have a smooth even place to walk on.
May our house always be too small to hold all of our friends.
No woman need fear the effect of absence upon the man who honestly loves her.
The needle of the compass, regardless of intervening seas, points forever toward the north. Pitiful indeed is she who fails to be a magnet and blindly becomes a chain.
Anger is a better weapon than tears; a burr commands more respect than a sensitive plant.
A real love letter is absolutely ridiculous to everyone except the writer and the recipient.
Lots of people think they're charitable if they give away their old clothes and things they don't want.
Pedestals are always lonely.
When we get civilised, I believe children will go by number until they get old enough to choose their own names.
Gossip is the social mosquito.
I had thought, in my blindness, that the great things were the easiest to do, but now I see that drudgery is an inseparable part of everything worth while, and the more worth while it is, the more drudgery is involved.
The only way to win happiness is to give it. The more we give, the more we have.
Activity is a sovereign remedy for the blues.
... no matter how one's heart aches, one can do the necessary things and do them well.
Some women are born to be married, some achieve marriage, and others have marriage thrust upon them.
Conceit is lovable and unconcealed ; vanity is supreme selfishness, usually hidden.
All we can do in this world is the thing that seems to us the best.
We have no concern with the results, except as a guide for the future, and sometimes, years afterward, we see that what seemed like a bitter loss was, in reality, gain.
I experienced the discomfort of those who have moved mentally, but are still clamped, physically, to the places they have moved from.
At twenty, men love woman; at thirty, a woman; and at forty, women.
When the years bring wisdom, one learns to leave many problems to their own working out.
A letter has distinct advantages. You can say all you want to say before the other person has a chance to put in a word.
Fortunately age does not affect literature.
After a man is dead, he may continue in the business and often rank higher than his living competitors.
But somewhere on the great world the sun is always shining, and, just so sure as you live, it will sometime shine on you.
When you borrow trouble you give your peace of mind as security.
Nothing is bad which does not harm either you or someone else.
Those who have been made great have first suffered.
It saves trouble to be conventional, for you're not always explaining things.
Silence and reserve will give anyone a reputation for wisdom.
There is only one path which leads to the house of forgiveness - that of understanding.
I've just washed my hair and I can't do a thing with it!
It seems to take a lifetime for us to learn that wisdom consists largely in a graceful acceptance of things that do not immediately concern us.
I've always thought my flowers had souls.
When things hurt us, we're merely on our way to another spiritual environment.
[On marriage:] Someone once said that it was like a crowded church - those outside were endeavouring to get in, and those inside were making violent efforts to get out.
There isn't a new sorrow in the world -- they're all old ones -- but we can all find new happiness if we look in the right way.
If we could only use other folks' experience, this here world would be heaven in about three generations, but we're so constructed that we never believe fire'll burn till we poke our own fingers into it to see. Other folks' scars don't go no ways at all toward convincin' us.
A book, unlike any other friend, will wait, not only upon the hour but upon the mood.
The heart's seasons seldom coincide with the calendar.
Who among us has not been made desolate beyond all words upon some golden day when the little creatures of the air and meadow were life incarnate, from sheer joy of living? Who among us has not come home, singing, when the streets were almost impassable with snow, or met a friend with a happy, smiling face, in the midst of a pouring rain?
when one has learned to wait patiently, one has learned to live.
A man likes to feel that he is loved, a woman likes to be told.
There is a great deal of trouble in this world which is not caused by people keeping their mouths shut.