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Great minds have purposes others have wishes.

Great minds have purposes others have wishes.


         

He is indeed the true enchanter, whose spell operates, not upon the senses, but upon the imagination and the heart.

He is indeed the true enchanter, whose spell operates, not upon the senses, but upon the imagination and the heart.


         


There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.

There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.


         

A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.

A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.


         


It is almost startling to hear this warning of departed time sounding among the tombs, and telling the lapse of the hour, which, like a billow, has rolled us onward towards the grave.

It is almost startling to hear this warning of departed time sounding among the tombs, and telling the lapse of the hour, which, like a billow, has rolled us onward towards the grave.


         

The almighty dollar that great object of universal devotion throughout our land seems to have no genuine devotees in these peculiar villages.

The almighty dollar that great object of universal devotion throughout our land seems to have no genuine devotees in these peculiar villages.


         

He is the true enchanter, whose spell operates, not upon the senses, but upon the imagination and the heart.

He is the true enchanter, whose spell operates, not upon the senses, but upon the imagination and the heart.


         

Man passes away his name perishes from record and recollection his history is as a tale that is told and his very monument becomes a ruin.

Man passes away his name perishes from record and recollection his history is as a tale that is told and his very monument becomes a ruin.


         

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.


         

A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother's love endures through all.

A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother's love endures through all.


         

To look upon its grass grown yard, where the sunbeams seem to sleep so quietly, one would think that there at least the dead might rest in peace.

To look upon its grass grown yard, where the sunbeams seem to sleep so quietly, one would think that there at least the dead might rest in peace.


         


For my part, I love to give myself up to the illusion of poetry. A hero of fiction that never existed is just as valuable to me as a hero of history that existed a thousand years ago.

For my part, I love to give myself up to the illusion of poetry. A hero of fiction that never existed is just as valuable to me as a hero of history that existed a thousand years ago.


         

Here's to your good health and your family's good health and may you all live long and prosper.

Here's to your good health and your family's good health and may you all live long and prosper.


         

Love is never lost. If not reciprocated it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.

Love is never lost. If not reciprocated it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.


         

An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.

An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.


         

The natural principle of war is to do the most harm to our enemy with the least harm to ourselves and this of course is to be effected by stratagem.

The natural principle of war is to do the most harm to our enemy with the least harm to ourselves and this of course is to be effected by stratagem.


         

There is never jealousy where there is not strong regard.

There is never jealousy where there is not strong regard.


         

There are certain half-dreaming moods of mind in which we naturally steal away from noise and glare, and seek some quiet haunt where we may indulge our reveries and build our air castles undisturbed.

There are certain half-dreaming moods of mind in which we naturally steal away from noise and glare, and seek some quiet haunt where we may indulge our reveries and build our air castles undisturbed.


         

Some minds seem almost to create themselves springing up under every disadvantage and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles.

Some minds seem almost to create themselves springing up under every disadvantage and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles.


         

The only happy author in this world is he who is below the care of reputation.

The only happy author in this world is he who is below the care of reputation.


         

Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.

Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.


         

How easy is it for one benevolent being to diffuse pleasure around him, and how truly is a kind heart a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity to freshen into smiles.

How easy is it for one benevolent being to diffuse pleasure around him, and how truly is a kind heart a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity to freshen into smiles.


         

Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks, shall win my love.

Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks, shall win my love.


         

I profess not to know how women's hearts are wooed and won. To me they have always been matters of riddle and admiration.

I profess not to know how women's hearts are wooed and won. To me they have always been matters of riddle and admiration.


         

A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.

A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.


         

Others may write from the head, but he writes from the heart, and the heart will always understand him.

Others may write from the head, but he writes from the heart, and the heart will always understand him.


         

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune but great minds rise above it.

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune but great minds rise above it.


         

I am always at a loss to know how much to believe of my own stories.

I am always at a loss to know how much to believe of my own stories.


         

One of the greatest and simplest tools for learning more and growing is doing more.

One of the greatest and simplest tools for learning more and growing is doing more.


         

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune but great minds rise above them.

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune but great minds rise above them.


         

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness but of power. They are messengers of overwhelming grief and unspeakable love.

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness but of power. They are messengers of overwhelming grief and unspeakable love.


         

Young lawyers attend the courts, not because they have business there, but because they have no business.

Young lawyers attend the courts, not because they have business there, but because they have no business.


         

The natural effect of sorrow over the dead is to refine and elevate the mind.

The natural effect of sorrow over the dead is to refine and elevate the mind.


         

...ducks and geese are foolish things, and must be looked after, but girls can take care of themselves.

...ducks and geese are foolish things, and must be looked after, but girls can take care of themselves.


         

The idol of today pushes the hero of yesterday out of our recollection and will in turn be supplanted by his successor of tomorrow.

The idol of today pushes the hero of yesterday out of our recollection and will in turn be supplanted by his successor of tomorrow.


         

Who ever hears of fat men heading a riot, or herding together in turbulent mobs? No - no, your lean, hungry men who are continually worrying society, and setting the whole community by the ears.

Who ever hears of fat men heading a riot, or herding together in turbulent mobs? No - no, your lean, hungry men who are continually worrying society, and setting the whole community by the ears.


         

Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.

Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.


         

Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.


         

Great minds have purposes others have wishes.

Great minds have purposes others have wishes.


         

There is a certain relief in change even though it be from bad to worse as I have found in traveling in a stagecoach it is often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place.

There is a certain relief in change even though it be from bad to worse as I have found in traveling in a stagecoach it is often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place.


         

Honest good humor is the oil and wine of a merry meeting, and there is no jovial companionship equal to that where the jokes are rather small and laughter abundant.

Honest good humor is the oil and wine of a merry meeting, and there is no jovial companionship equal to that where the jokes are rather small and laughter abundant.


         

Those men are most apt to be obsequious and conciliating abroad, who are under the discipline of shrews at home.

Those men are most apt to be obsequious and conciliating abroad, who are under the discipline of shrews at home.