When it comes to my own turn to lay my weapons down, I shall do so with thankfulness and fatigue, and whatever be my destiny afterward, I shall be glad to lie down with my fathers in honor. It is human at least, if not divine.
Category: Death And Dying
To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you ought to prefer is to have kept your soul alive.
There is no duty we so much underrated as the duty of being happy.
There is but one art, to omit.
Category: Editing And Editors
Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind, spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies.
Our business in this world is not to succeed, but to continue to fail, in good spirits.
No man is useless while he has a friend.
So long as we are loved by others I should say that we are almost indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.
The very flexibility and ease which make men's friendships so agreeable while they endure, make them the easier to destroy and forget. And a man who has a few friends, or one who has a dozen (if there be any one so wealthy on this earth), cannot forget on how precarious a base his happiness reposes; and how by a stroke or two of fate --a death, a few light words, a piece of stamped paper, a woman's bright eyes --he may be left, in a month, destitute of all.
A friend is a present you give to yourself.
It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.
Category: Gardening And Gardens
An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.
When I am grown to man's estate I shall be very proud and great. And tell the other girls and boys Not to meddle with my toys.
Every man has a sane spot somewhere.
In marriage, a man becomes slack and selfish, and undergoes a fatty degeneration of his moral being.