The family is the nucleus of civilization.
No one ever was a great poet, that applied himself much to anything else.
Sir William Temple
We shall say without hesitation that the atheist who is moved by love is moved by the Spirit of God; an atheist who lives by love is saved by his faith in the God whose existence (under that name) he denies.
When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don't, they don't.
The abilities of man must fall short on one side or the other, like too scanty a blanket when you are abed. If you pull it upon your shoulders, your feet are left bare; if you thrust it down to your feet, your shoulders are uncovered.
Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of the ages through which they have passed
Who ever converses among old books will be hard to please among the new.
Our present time is indeed a criticizing and critical time, hovering between the wish, and the inability to believe. Our complaints are like arrows shot up into the air at no target: and with no purpose they only fall back upon our own heads and destroy ourselves.
The first ingredient in conversation is truth, the next good sense, the third good humor, and the fourth wit.
Authority forgets a dying king.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
God's finger touched him and he slept.
Men may rise on stepping-stones of their dead selves to higher things.
Her eyes are homes of silent prayers.
Faith lives in honest doubt.
The folly of all follies is to be love sick for a shadow.
Forgive! How many will say, forgive, and find a sort of absolution in the sound to hate a little longer!
He makes no friends who never made a foe.
So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be.
There's no glory like those who save their country.
Oh for someone with a heart, head and hand. Whatever they call them, what do I care, aristocrat, democrat, autocrat, just be it one that can rule and dare not lie.
Better not be at all than not be noble.
By blood a king, in heart a clown.
We cannot be kind to each other here for even an hour. We whisper, and hint, and chuckle and grin at our brother's shame; however you take it we men are a little breed.
So much to do, so little done, such things to be.
Cast your cares on God; that anchor holds.
I hold it true, whatever befall; I feel it, when I sorrow most; 'Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all.
Who is wise in love, love most, say least.
Manners are not idle, but the fruit. Of loyal nature and of noble mind.
The greater person is one of courtesy.
I am a part of all that I have met.
Inside you there's an artist you don't know about. He's not interested in how things look different in moonlight.
Reason is like an officer when the king appears. The officer then loses his power and hides himself. Reason is the shadow cast by God; Go is the sun.
Pilgrimage to the place of the wise is to find escape from the flame of separateness.
Return from existence to nonexistence. You are seeking the Lord and you belong to him. Nonexistence is a place of income; flee it not. This existence of more and less is a place of expenditure.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
One of the extraordinary things about human events is that the unthinkable becomes thinkable.
Such is the miraculous nature of the future of exiles: what is first uttered in the impotence of an overheated apartment becomes the fate of nations.
Throughout human history, the apostles of purity, those who have claimed to possess a total explanation, have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings.
The novel does not seek to establish a privileged language but it insists upon the freedom to portray and analyze the struggle between the different contestants for such privileges.
The acceptance that all that is solid has melted into the air, that reality and morality are not givens but imperfect human constructs, is the point from which fiction begins.
Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.
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