Youth fades, love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all.— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
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Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer.
We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe;
the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible. You cannot educate a man wholly out of the superstitious fears which were early implanted in his imagination; no matter how utterly his reason may reject them...
Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern;
it will come out a rose by and by. Life is like that - one stitch at a time taken patiently and the pattern will come out all right like the embroidery.
The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce.
Whatever comes from the brain carries the hue of the place it came from, and whatever comes from the heart carries the heat and color of its birthplace.
The books we read should be chosen with great care, that they may be, as an Egyptian king wrote over his library,'The medicines of the soul.
There is no friend like an old friend who has shared our morning days, no greeting like his welcome, no homage like his praise.
And if I should live to be The last leaf upon the tree In the spring, Let them smile, as I do now, At the old forsaken bough Where I cling.
Don't flatter yourselves that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. On the contrary, the nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.
But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.
Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.
No families take so little medicine as those of doctors, except those of apothecaries.
I like children; I like 'em, and I respect 'em. Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by them.
Science is the topography of ignorance.
Controversy equalizes fools and wise men in the same way - and the fools know it.
The mind of a bigot to the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour on it, the more it contracts.
Civilization is the process of reducing the infinite to the finite.
Stillness of person and steadiness of features are signal marks of good breeding.
To obtain a man's opinion of you, make him mad.
Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.
The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men - from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.
What a blessed thing it is, that Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left!
Cupid "the little greatest enemy."
Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground-floor. But if a man hasn't got plenty of good common sense, the more science he has, the worse for his patient.
I hate paying taxes. But I love the civilization they give me
I firmly believe that if the whole material medica, as now used, could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be better for mankind-and all the worse for the fishes.
I would never use a long word, even, where a short one would answer the purpose.
Man is born a predestined idealist, for he is born to act.
To act is to affirm the worth of an end, and to persist in affirming the worth of an end is to make an ideal.
The sea drowns out humanity and time.
It has no sympathy with either, for it belongs to eternity; and of that it sings its monotonous song forever and ever.
Youth longs and manhood strives, but age remembers.
Man has his will, but woman has her way.
The year is getting to feel rich, for his golden fruits are ripening fast, and he has a large balance in the barns, which are his banks. The members of his family have found out that he is well to do in the world. September is dressing herself in show of dahlias and splendid marigolds and starry zinnias. October, the extravagant sister, has ordered an immense amount of the most gorgeous forest tapestry for her grand reception.
Seventeen hundred and fifty-five. Georgius Secundus was then alive,-- Snuffy old drone from the German hive.
A person is always startled when he hears himself seriously called an old man for the first time.
Leverage is everything-don't begin to pry until you've got the long arm on your side.
Even a dog knows the difference between being kicked and being stumbled over.
Learn the sweet magic of a cheerful face.
What we most want to ask of our Maker is an unfolding of the divine purpose in putting human beings into conditions in which such numbers of them would be sure to go wrong.
The best servant does his work unseen.
Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness, of hatred, of jealousy, and, most easily of all, the gate of fear.
[Science is] piecemeal revelation.
When I think of talking, it is of course with a woman.
For talking at its best being an inspiration, it wants a corresponding divine quality of receptiveness, and where will you find this but in a woman?
The truth is that the whole system of beliefs which comes in with the story of the fall of man ... is gently falling out of enlightened human intelligence.
See how he throws his baited lines about,/And plays his men as anglers play their trout.
Don't be 'consistent', but be simply true.
Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become. Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn unpleasant things from his enemies; they are ready enough to tell them.
Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.
Good mental machinery ought to break its own wheels and levers, if anything is thrust among them suddenly which tends to stop them or reverse their motion. A weak mind does not accumulate force enough to hurt itself; stupidity often saves a man from going mad.
Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else - very rarely to those who say to themselves, 'Go to, now, let us be a celebrated individual!'.
For the simplicity on this side of complexity, I wouldn't give you a fig.
But for the simplicity on the other side of complexity, for that I would give you anything I have.