quote by Henry Ward Beecher

Some sorrows are but footprints in the snow, which the genial sun effaces, or, if it does not wholly efface, changes into dimples.

— Henry Ward Beecher

Skyrocket Effaces quotations

A short story padded. A species of composition bearing the same relation to literature that the panorama bears to art. As it is too long to be read at a sitting the impressions made by its successive parts are successively effaced, as in the pa


The tide rises, the tide falls, The twilight darkens, the curlew calls;

The little waves, with their soft, white hands, Efface the footprints in the sands, And the tide rises, the tide falls.

Death is not "an eternal sleep!" Citizens! efface from the tomb that motto, graven by sacrilegious hands, which spreads over all nature a funereal crape, takes from oppressed innocence its support, and affronts the beneficent dispensation of death! Inscribe rather thereon these words: "Death is the commencement of immortality!"

He is like the fox, who effaces his tracks in the sand with his tail.

There is nothing simple or dull in achieving the transparent page.

Vulgar ostentation is twice as easy as discipline. When you realise that ugly typography never effaces itself, you will be able to capture beauty as the wise men capture happiness by aiming at something else.


The foolish are like ripples on water, For whatsoever they do is quickly effaced; But the righteous are like carvings upon stone, For their smallest act is durable.

Unfortunately, it is much easier to shut one's eyes to good than to evil.

Pain and sorrow knock at our doors more loudly than pleasure and happiness; and the prints of their heavy footsteps are less easily effaced.

For however often a man may receive an obligation from you, if you refuse a request, all former favors are effaced by this one denial.

Too many people are confusing charisma with autocrat, fat cat.

So I think we have to be a little more sophisticated when we hold up or tear down these stereotypes. Whether we call it charisma or not, a leader cannot be self-effacing to the point of being wimpy.

I am thinking of the onion again. . . . Not self-righteous like the proletarian potato, nor a siren like the apple. No show-off like the banana. But a modest, self-effacing vegetable, questioning, introspective, peeling itself away, or merely radiating halos like ripples.


It is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one's own personality. Good prose is like a windowpane.

So much of my life has been about self-effacement, pretense, masquerading, concealment, and indirection.

The good we do to others is spoilt unless we efface ourselves so completely that those we help have no sense of inferiority.

Oh! weep not that our beauty wears Beneath the wings of Time;

That age o'erclouds the brow with cares That once was raised sublime... But mourn the inward wreck we feel As hoary years depart, And Time's effacing fingers steal Young feelings from the heart!

Sweet Mercy! to the gates of heaven This minstrel lead, his sins forgiven;

The rueful conflict, the heart riven With vain endeavour, And memory of Earth's bitter leaven Effaced forever.


There is ugliness of mass production and consumerism, the banality of advertising. Although it claims to do just the opposite, it's predicated on disempowering and effacing persons.

Time has a doomsday book, upon whose pages he is continually recording illustrious names. But as often as a new name is written there, an old one disappears. Only a few stand in illuminated characters never to be effaced.

It is not given to princes, statesmen and captains to pierce the mysteries of the future, and even the most penetrating gaze reaches only conclusions which, however seemingly vindicated at a given moment, are inexorably effaced by time.

Work alone will efface the footsteps of work.

Psychogenesis has led to man. Now it effaces itself, relieved or absorbed by another and a higher function-the engendering and subsequent development of the mind, in one word noogenesis. When for the first time in a living creature instinct perceived itself in its own mirror, the whole world took a pace forward.


He never labored so hard to learn a language as he did to hold his tongue, and it affected him for life. The habit of reticence — of talking without meaning — is never effaced.

The game Rock Band has been haunting me like a bad ring tone.

It gets stuck in my head and momentarily effaces all that I love about music.

I like the concept of an anti-muse, though I'm not quite sure what that is.

If there is such a thing in my life, I suppose it is just this weariness, this sense that it is more fulfilling not to exist, to efface all traces, than to limit oneself to the determined expression of manifestation.

Women are always self-effacing and self-denying.

There's a term that enrages me, and I always used to swear that I'd never play characters described that way. The term is "long-suffering."

I would have you imagine, then, that there exists in the mind of man a block of wax... and that we remember and know what is imprinted as long as the image lasts; but when the image is effaced, or cannot be taken, then we forget or do not know.


I think growing up in Indiana prepares anyone for a life in comedy.

I do feel like there is a certain kind of self-effacing cynicism among all Hoosiers.

To reach perfection, we must all pass, one by one, through the death of self-effacement.

Novelty is to love like bloom to fruit;

it gives a luster which is easily effaced, but never returns.

... photography, like all camera-made images such as film and video, effaces the marks of its making (and maker) at the click of a shutter. A photograph appears to be self-generated - as though it had created itself.

The larger the ego, the less the need for other egos around.

The more modest, humble, and self-effacing we feel, the more we suffer from solitude, feeling ourselves inadequate company.


Evan Handler is not only a fine actor, he’s a damn good writer.

It’s Only Temporary is wise and funny and as righteously indignant as it is endearingly self-effacing. In what may be a literary first, the book actually left me wanting more.

Since [Rousseau's] time, and largely thanks to him, the Ego has steadily tended to efface itself, and, for purposes of model, to become a manikin on which the toilet of education is to be draped in order to show the fit or misfit of the clothes. The object of study is the garment, not the figure.

Waiting is directed at nothing: any object that could gratify it would only efface it. Still, it is not confined to one place, it is not a resigned immobility; it has the endurance of a movement that will never end and would never promise itself the reward of rest; it does not wrap itself in interiority; all of it falls irremediably outside.

Being humble does not mean being weak, reticent, or self-effacing.

It means recognizing principle and putting it ahead of self. It means standing firmly for principle, even in the fact of opposition.