The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world's joy.
Laughter is day, and sobriety is night a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.
We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.
No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy today, mix good cheer with friends today; enjoy it and bless God for it.
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.
We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.
There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousands truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away.
Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.
The world's battlefields have been in the heart chiefly; more heroism has been displayed in the household and the closet, than on the most memorable battlefields in history.
The worst thing in the world next to anarchy, is government.
All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note -- torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.
Giving The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men.
Well married, a person has wings; poorly married, shackles.
Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.
A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.
Like the cellar-growing vine is the Christian who lives in the darkness and bondage of fear. But let him go forth, with the liberty of God, into the light of love, and he will be like the plant in the field, healthy, robust, and joyful.
Pushing any truth out very far, you are met by a counter-truth.
Hold yourself to a higher standard than anyone else expects of you. Never excuse yourself.
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