Definition of has

"has" in the noun sense

1. hour angle, HA

astronomy) the angular distance of a celestial point measured westward along the celestial equator from the zenith crossing the right ascension for an observer at a particular location and time of day

"has" in the verb sense

1. have, have got, hold

have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense

"She has $1,000 in the bank"

"He has got two beautiful daughters"

"She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"

2. have, feature

have as a feature

"This restaurant features the most famous chefs in France"

3. experience, receive, have, get

go through (mental or physical states or experiences

"get an idea"

"experience vertigo"

"get nauseous"

"receive injuries"

"have a feeling"

4. own, have, possess

have ownership or possession of

"He owns three houses in Florida"

"How many cars does she have?"

5. get, let, have

cause to move cause to be in a certain position or condition

"He got his squad on the ball"

"This let me in for a big surprise"

"He got a girl into trouble"

6. consume, ingest, take in, take, have

serve oneself to, or consume regularly

"Have another bowl of chicken soup!"

"I don't take sugar in my coffee"

7. have

have a personal or business relationship with someone

"have a postdoc"

"have an assistant"

"have a lover"

8. hold, throw, have, make, give

organize or be responsible for

"hold a reception"

"have, throw, or make a party"

"give a course"

9. have

have left

"I have two years left"

"I don't have any money left"

"They have two more years before they retire"

10. have

be confronted with

"What do we have here?"

"Now we have a fine mess"

11. have, experience


"The stocks had a fast run-up"

12. have

suffer from be ill with

"She has arthritis"

13. induce, stimulate, cause, have, get, make

cause to do cause to act in a specified manner

"The ads induced me to buy a VCR"

"My children finally got me to buy a computer"

"My wife made me buy a new sofa"

14. accept, take, have

receive willingly something given or offered

"The only girl who would have him was the miller's daughter"

"I won't have this dog in my house!"

"Please accept my present"

15. receive, have

get something come into possession of

"receive payment"

"receive a gift"

"receive letters from the front"

16. suffer, sustain, have, get

undergo (as of injuries and illnesses

"She suffered a fracture in the accident"

"He had an insulin shock after eating three candy bars"

"She got a bruise on her leg"

"He got his arm broken in the scuffle"

17. have, get, make

achieve a point or goal

"Nicklaus had a 70"

"The Brazilian team got 4 goals"

"She made 29 points that day"

18. give birth, deliver, bear, birth, have

cause to be born

"My wife had twins yesterday!"

19. take, have

have sex with archaic use

"He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable"

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Quotations for has

War has no pity. [ Friedrich Schiller ]

Love has a tide. [ Helen Hunt ]

Vanity has no sex. [ Colton ]

Fear has many eyes. [ Cervantes ]

Grief has its time. [ Johnson ]

Ambition has no rest! [ Bulwer-Lytton ]

Necessity has no law. [ Proverb ]

His egg has two yolks. [ Proverb ]

Genius has no brother. [ Bulwer-Lytton ]

The belly has no ears. [ Plutarch ]

Every man has his way. [ Ter ]

What has been, may be. [ Proverb ]

A scholar has no ennui. [ Richter ]

Every hour has its end. [ Sir Walter Scott ]

No one has leave to sin. [ Cicero ]

He has wit; he is a wag.

Everything has its time. [ Portuguese Proverb ]

The stomach has no ears. [ Proverb ]

Every flood has its ebb. [ Dutch Proverb ]

Every man has his value. [ French Proverb ]

Every rose has its thorn. [ Proverb ]

No one has seen tomorrow. [ Portuguese Proverb ]

She has broke her pipkin. [ Proverb ]

Justice has a nose of wax. [ German Proverb ]

The heart has no wrinkles. [ Mme. de Sevigne ]

Good counsel has no price. [ Mazzini ]

A corporation has no soul. [ Sir Edward Coke ]

Like the bird be thou,
That for a moment rests
Upon the topmost bough:
He feels the branch to bend
And yet as sweetly sings,
Knowing that he has wings. [ Victor Hugo ]

A hungry belly has no ears. [ Proverb ]

Every time has its sorrows. [ Freiligrath ]

He who loves most has most. [ Henry van Dyke ]

Eternity has no grey hairs. [ Proverb ]

The pen has shaken nations. [ Tupper ]

God has prohibited despair. [ Mme. Swetchine ]

What madness has seized you? [ Virgil ]

Every man has his weak side. [ J. T. Headley ]

Every medal has its reverse. [ French Proverb ]

He has enough who is content. [ French Proverb ]

A cursed cow has short horns. [ Proverb ]

Believe one who has tried it. [ Virgil ]

The thunder has but its clap. [ Proverb ]

Each mind has its own method. [ Emerson ]

He has more guts than brains. [ Proverb ]

His very foot has music in 't,
As he comes up the stair. [ W. J. Mickle ]

Every race has its own habitat. [ Knox ]

Who has nothing has not enough. [ French Proverb ]

He has an ill look among lambs. [ Proverb ]

The beggar's bag has no bottom. [ German Proverb ]

A great passion has no partner. [ Lavater ]

Unkindness has no remedy at law. [ Proverb ]

Life has surprises at every age. [ Alfred Mercier ]

Every one has his own way of it. [ Horace ]

Grandeur has a heavy tax to pay. [ Alex. Smith ]

He has a head, and so has a pin. [ Port ]

Every man has his appointed day. [ Virgil ]

He has a mouth for every matter. [ Proverb ]

Prosperity has every thing cheap. [ Proverb ]

Not what is she but what has she. [ Proverb ]

He who has nothing goes securely. [ French Proverb ]

Innocence has a friend in heaven. [ Friedrich Schiller ]

He has found a last for his shoe. [ Proverb ]

He who knows much has many cares. [ Lessing ]

Parnassus has no gold mines in it. [ Proverb ]

The world is his who has patience. [ Italian Proverb ]

The rising moon has hid the stars;
Her level rays, like golden bars,
Lie on the landscape green,
With shadows brown between. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Endymion ]

How fast has brother followed
From sunshine to the sunless land. [ Wordsworth ]

No man has perpetual good fortune. [ Plautus ]

An ill-timed jest has ruined many. [ Proverb ]

Even the just man has need of help. [ Italian Proverb ]

Some natural sorrow, loss, or pain,
That has been and may be again. [ Wordsworth ]

Every man has his devilish minutes. [ Lavater ]

Nature has inclined us to love men. [ Cicero ]

He is rich enough who has no wants. [ Italian Proverb ]

The king himself has followed near.
When she has walk'd before. [ Goldsmith ]

Wine has drowned more than the sea. [ Publius Syrus ]

A temperate anger has virtue in it. [ Haliburton ]

Time has only a relative existence. [ Carlyle ]

Rumor has winged feet like Mercury. [ Beecher ]

Underneath large blue-bells tented
Where the daisies are rose-scented,
And the rose herself has got
Perfume which on earth is not. [ Keats ]

Believe one who has had experience. [ Virgil ]

He has a fair forehead to graff on. [ Proverb ]

He is richest that has fewest wants. [ Proverb ]

An equal has no power over an equal. [ Law Maxim ]

Happiest they of human race,
To whom God has granted grace
To read, to fear, to hope, to pray,
To lift the latch and force the way;
And better had they ne'er been born,
Who read to doubt, or read to scorn. [ Scott ]

A crafty fellow never has any peace. [ Proverb ]

He fasts enough that has a bad meal. [ Proverb ]

He who has had experience is afraid. [ Horace ]

The muffled drum's sad roll has beat
The soldier's last tattoo;
No more on Life's parade shall meet
The brave and fallen few.
On Fame's eternal camping-ground
Their silent tents are spread.
And Glory guards, with solemn round
The bivouac of the dead. [ Theodore O'Hara ]

Surfeit has killed more than hunger. [ Proverb ]

Texas has a lot of electrical votes. [ Yogi Berra ]

The soul too soft its ills to bear.
Has left our mortal hemisphere.
And sought in better world the meed
To blameless life by heaven decreed. [ Scott ]

And the dancing has begun now,
And the dancers whirl round gaily
In the waltz's giddy mazes.
And the ground beneath them trembles. [ Heine ]

God has placed no limit to intellect. [ Bacon ]

Here lies the body of Johnny Haskell,
A lying, thieving, cheating rascal;
He always lied, and now he lies,
He has no soul and cannot rise. [ Epitaph ]

All may do what has by man been done. [ Edward Young ]

Every one is worth as much as he has. [ German Proverb ]

Hunting has as much pain as pleasure. [ Proverb ]

War has its sweets, Hymen its alarms. [ La Fontaine ]

What probing deep
Has ever solved the mystery of sleep? [ T. B. Aldrich ]

Lying, like license, has its degrees. [ George Sand ]

An old novel has a history of its own. [ Alexander Smith ]

Who escapes the snare
Once, has a certain caution to beware. [ Chapman ]

No honest man has the leer of a rogue. [ Proverb ]

Beware of him who has nothing to lose. [ Italian Proverb ]

He best can pity who has felt the woe. [ Gay ]

The mob has many heads, but no brains. [ Proverb ]

The wit one wants spoils what one has. [ French Proverb ]

Well, when the eve has its last streak
The night has its first star. [ Robert Browning ]

Civilization has its cup of bitterness. [ F. de Conches ]

He that has no cross deserves no crown. [ Quarles ]

He that has no charity merits no mercy. [ Proverb ]

He that has an ill name is half hanged. [ Proverb ]

He has no religion who has no humanity. [ Arab. Proverb ]

He has hard work who has nothing to do. [ Proverb ]

An Arab, by his earnest gaze,
Has clothed a lovely maid with blushes;
A smile within his eyelids plays
And into words his longing gushes. [ Wm. R. Alger ]

Wit has as few true judges as painting. [ Wycherley ]

Love has no age: it is always in birth. [ Pascal ]

He that has most time has none to lose. [ Proverb ]

Example has more followers than reason. [ Bovee ]

No wickedness has any ground of reason. [ Livy ]

He that has no shame has no conscience. [ Proverb ]

Of judgment every one has some to sell. [ Italian Proverb ]

The grave has a door on its inner side. [ Alexander Maclaren ]

Mystery has great charms for womanhood. [ Sir Walter Scott ]

What has been done don't do over again. [ Cicero ]

He who reckons ten friends has not one. [ Malesherbes ]

Rome has spoken; the case is at an end.

The rogue has everywhere the advantage. [ Goethe ]

Whoe'er has gone thro' London street,
Has seen a butcher gazing at his meat,
And how he keeps
Gloating upon a sheep's
Or bullock's personals, as if his own;
How he admires his halves
And quarters - and his calves,
As if in truth upon his own legs grown. [ Hood ]

Domestic happiness, thou only bliss
Of paradise that has survived the fall. [ Cowper ]

Nature has made man's breast no windows
To publish what he does within doors,
Nor what dark secrets there inhabit,
Unless his own rash folly blab it. [ Butler ]

Who has daughters is always a shepherd. [ Proverb ]

True love's the gift which God has given
To man alone beneath the heaven;
It is not fantasy's hot fire,
Whose wishes, soon as granted, fly;
It liveth not in fierce desire,
With dead desire it doth not die;
It is the secret sympathy.
The silver link, the silken tie.
Which heart to heart, and mind to mind,
In body and in soul can bind. [ Walter Scott ]

He has as many tricks as a dancing bear. [ Proverb ]

Ambition has but one reward tor all:
A little power, a little transient fame,
A grave to rest in, and a fading name! [ William Winter ]

Quackery has no friend like gullibility. [ Proverb ]

A growing youth has a wolf in his belly. [ Proverb ]

He who comes in late has an ill lodging. [ Proverb ]

One genius has made many clever artists. [ Martial ]

He that has but one coat cannot lend it. [ Proverb ]

O, he's a limb, that has but a disease;
Mortal, to cut it off; to cure it, easy. [ William Shakespeare ]

She has more of the aloe than the honey. [ Juv ]

He who has lived a day has lived an age. [ Bruyere ]

The early morning has gold in its mouth. [ Franklin ]

On a lone winter evening, when the frost
Has wrought a silence. [ Keats ]

The soul has more diseases than the body. [ H. W. Shaw ]

The event has verified these predictions. [ Cicero ]

Whom a serpent has bitten fears a lizard. [ Italian Proverb ]

He that has no heart ought to have heels. [ Proverb ]

While a sick man has life, there is hope. [ Proverb ]

He has got the fiddle, but not the stick. [ Proverb ]

He has drank more than he has bled today. [ Proverb ]

Friendship has a power
To soothe affliction in her darkest hour. [ H. K. White ]

Death has left on her only the beautiful. [ Hood ]

The watchful mother tarries nigh,
Though sleep has clos'd her infant's eye. [ Keble ]

The earth hath bubbles, as the water has.
And these are of them. [ William Shakespeare ]

The heart has always the pardoning power. [ Mme. Swetchine ]

To purchase Heaven has gold the power?
Can gold remove the mortal hour?
In life can love be bought with gold?
Are friendship's pleasures to be sold?
No - all that's worth a wish - a thought.
Fair virtue gives unbribed, unbought.
Cease then on trash thy hopes to bind,
Let nobler views engage thy mind. [ Dr. Johnson ]

Let that please man which has pleased God. [ Seneca ]

He has not lost all who has one cast left. [ Proverb ]

Music loosens a heart that care has bound. [ Byrd ]

A good man, through obscurest aspirations,
Has still an instinct of the one true way. [ Goethe ]

Your tongue has got the start of your wit. [ Proverb ]

Love has made its best interpreter a sigh. [ Byron ]

Light has spread, and even bayonets think. [ Kossuth ]

As broken a ship as this has come to land. [ Proverb ]

When dinner has oppress'd one,
I think it is perhaps the gloomiest hour
Which turns up out of the sad twenty-four. [ Byron ]

He has exhausted at last the cup of grief. [ Cicero ]

All that I know is, that the facts I state
Are true as truth has ever been of late. [ Byron ]

He has been out a hawking for butterflies. [ Proverb ]

The noblest mind the best contentment has. [ Spenser ]

Bacchus has drowned more men than Neptune. [ Garibaldi ]

He who has many servants has many thieves. [ Dutch Proverb ]

Crime, as well as virtue, has its degrees. [ Racine ]

I know there are voices I do not hear,
And colors I do not see;
I know that the world has numberless doors
Of which I have not the key. [ Minot J. Savage ]

The most magnificent and costly dome.
Is but an upper chamber to a tomb;
No spot on earth but has supplied a grave,
And human skulls the spacious ocean pave. [ Young ]

No tree in all the grove but has its charm
Though each its hue peculiar. [ Cowper ]

The past is dead, and has no resurrection. [ H. Kirke White ]

No man has a monopoly of craft to himself. [ Proverb ]

Who eats and leaves has another meal good. [ Proverb ]

He is rich who wishes no more than he has. [ Cicero ]

Time, as he passes us, has a dove's wing,
Untoiled, and swift, and of a silken sound. [ Cowper ]

Truth has rough flavors if we bite through. [ Mrs. Marian Lewes Cross (pen name George Eliot) ]

No, Freedom has a thousand charms to show,
That slaves, however contented, never know. [ Cowper ]

Virtue has many preachers, but few martyrs. [ Helvetius ]

A learned man has always riches in himself. [ Phaedr ]

Grace in women has more effect than beauty. [ Hazlitt ]

Never the grave gives back what it has won! [ Schiller ]

Good sword has often been in poor scabbard. [ Gaelic Proverb ]

O holy Night! from thee I learn to bear
What man has borne before!
Thou layest thy finger on the lips of Care,
And they complain no more. [ Longfellow ]

A lie has no legs, but a scandal has wings. [ Proverb ]

No one knows himself until he has suffered. [ A. de Musset ]

Let ignorance talk, learning has its value. [ La Fontaine ]

Guilt has very quick ears to an accusation. [ Fielding ]

Every one speaks of it, - who has known it? [ Mme. Necker ]

No faith has triumphed without its martyrs. [ E. de Girardin ]

Labour has a bitter root but a sweet taste. [ Danish Proverb ]

He has, I know not what
Of greatness in his looks, and of high fate
That almost awes me. [ Dryden ]

He that has nothing is frighted at nothing. [ Proverb ]

Your sayer of smart things has a bad heart. [ Pascal ]

See Time has touched me gently in his race.
And left no odious furrows in my face. [ Crabbe ]

Liberty has no crueller enemy than license. [ French Proverb ]

Love's of itself too sweet; the best of all
Is when love's honey has a dash of gall. [ Herrick ]

He who has but one eye is always wiping it. [ Proverb ]

Grief, like a tree, has tears for its fruit. [ Philemon ]

To him who in the love of nature holds
Communion with her visible forms, she speaks
A various language; for his gayer hours
She has a voice of gladness, and a smile
And eloquence of beauty, and she glides
Into his darker musings, with a mild
And healing sympathy, that steals away
Their sharpness, ere he is aware. [ Bryant ]

Reason has never mastered an ardent passion. [ Regnier ]

The man who has no enemies has no following. [ Donn Piatt ]

Etiquette has no regard for moral qualities. [ Douglas Jerrold ]

Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. [ Moore ]

Virtue withers away if it has no opposition. [ Seneca ]

Every man has in his heart a slumbering hog. [ A. Preault ]

Oh world, as God has made it! All is beauty:
And knowing this, is love, and love is duty. [ Browning ]

He that attends to his interior self,
That has a heart, and keeps it; has a mind
That hungers, and supplies it; and who seeks
A social, not a dissipated life,
Has business. [ Cowper ]

He has left, gone off, escaped, broken away. [ Cic. of Catiline's flight ]

She that has that is clad in complete steel. [ Milton ]

Stupidity has its sublime as well as genius. [ Wieland ]

The sun has stood still, but time never did. [ Proverb ]

To him that has a bad taste, sweet is bitter. [ Proverb ]

He has paid dear, very dear, for his whistle. [ Ben. Franklin ]

A vicious man's son has a good title to vice. [ Proverb ]

Where is the dust that has not been alive?
The spade, the plough, disturb our ancestors;
From human mould we reap our daily bread. [ Young ]

Dreadful is their doom, whom doubt has driven
To censure fate, and pious hope forego. [ Beattie ]

A mouse that has only one hole is soon taken. [ French Proverb ]

Thanks to the gods; my boy has done his duty. [ Addison ]

He that lives on hope has but a slender diet. [ Proverb ]

A man has no more goods than he gets good by. [ Proverb ]

A breath can make them, as a breath has made. [ Goldsmith ]

Avarice has ruined more men than prodigality. [ Colton ]

Not to understand a treasure's worth,
Till time has stolen away the slightest good,
Is cause of half the poverty we feel,
And makes the world the wilderness it is. [ Cowper ]

A fool has not stuff in him to turn out well. [ La Roche ]

A rascal grown rich has lost all his kindred. [ Proverb ]

Caesar has no authority over the grammarians. [ Proverb ]

The heart that sighs has not what it desires. [ Proverb ]

Taste has never been corrupted bj simplicity. [ Joubert ]

He that has no head deserves not a laced hat. [ Proverb ]

And lo! the fullness of the time has come.
And over all the exile's western home.
From sea to sea the flowers of freedom bloom! [ Whittier ]

He has committed the crime who profits by it. [ Seneca ]

No emperor has power to dictate to the heart. [ Friedrich Schiller ]

The law, - it has honored us, may we honor it. [ Daniel Webster ]

The wise man has long ears and a short tongue. [ German Proverb ]

Night is fair virtue's immemorial friend;
The conscious moon, through every distant age.
Has held a lamp to wisdom, and let fall
On contemplation's eye her purging ray. [ Young ]

There is no flock, however watched and tended.
But one dead lamb is there!
There is no fireside, howsoever defended,
But has one vacant chair. [ Longfellow ]

He has nothing to eat, and yet invites guests. [ Proverb ]

Lo! the poor Indian, whose untutor'd mind
Sees God in clouds, or hears Him in the wind;
His soul proud science never taught to stray
Far as the solar walk or milky way;
Yet simple nature to his hope has given,
Behind the cloud-topt hills, a humbler heaven. [ Pope ]

He's a thief, for he has taken a cup too much. [ Proverb ]

Fortune in men has some small difference made.
One flaunts in rags, one flutters in brocade. [ Pope ]

He has the power whom the majority believe in. [ Raupach ]

An atheist has got one point beyond the devil. [ Swift ]

Who buys has need of an hundred eyes;
But one is enough to him that sells the stuff. [ Proverb ]

Suspicion has its dupes, as well as credulity. [ Mme. Swetchine ]

He has eat up the pot and asks for the pipkin. [ Proverb ]

God has thickly strewn infinity with grandeur. [ Alexander Smith ]

Nature has no moods; they belong to man alone. [ Auerbach ]

Curiosity has lost more young girls than love. [ Mme. de Puisieux ]

Sweet letters of the angel tongue,
I've loved ye long and well.
And never have failed in your fragrance sweet
To find some secret spell -
A charm that has bound me with witching power,
For mine is the old belief,
That midst your sweets and midst your bloom,
There's a soul in every leaf! [ M. M. Ballou ]

God has commanded time to console the unhappy. [ Joubert ]

Every dog has its day, and every man his hour. [ Proverb ]

He is nearest to God who has the fewest wants. [ Danish Proverb ]

Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much;
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more. [ William Cowper ]

A good tongue has seldom need to beg attention. [ Proverb ]

Instinct has a lucidness that surpasses reason.

The world of sleep has an existence of its own. [ Victor Hugo ]

Family likeness has often a deep sadness in it. [ George Eliot ]

He knows not what love is that has no children. [ Proverb ]

Not that the heavens the little can make great,
But many a man has lived an age too late. [ R. H. Stoddard ]

The male alone has been appointed to bear rule. [ Molière ]

Love has compensations that friendship has not. [ Montaigne ]

He who has most of heart, knows most of sorrow. [ Bailey ]

Every one can tame a shrew but he that has her. [ Proverb ]

He that desires but little has no need of much. [ Proverb ]

He that builds by the wayside has many masters. [ Proverb ]

Fickleness has always befriended the beautiful. [ Propertius ]

No one has yet evaded the fate allotted to him. [ Friedrich Schiller ]

Never give up! or the burden may sink you,
Providence wisely has mingled the cup;
And in all trials and troubles bethink you,
The watchword of life should be, Never give up! [ M. F. Tupper ]

Like a calf, she has a sweet tooth in her head. [ Proverb ]

He that can be patient has his foe at his feet. [ Dutch Proverb ]

Trade hardly deems the busy day begun,
Till his keen eye along the sheet has run;
The blooming daughter throws her needle by.
And reads her schoolmate's marriage with a sigh;
While the grave mother puts her glasses on.
And gives a tear to some old crony gone.
The preacher, too, his Sunday theme lays down,
To know what last new folly fills the town;
Lively or sad, life's meanest, mightiest things.
The fate of fighting cocks, or fighting kings. [ Sprague ]

Lo! darkness bends down like a mother of grief
On the limitless plain, and the fall of her hair
It has mantled a world. [ Joaquin Miller ]

When the devil prays, he has a booty in his eye. [ Proverb ]

Everything that has a beginning comes to an end. [ Quintilian ]

He that no modesty has all the town for his own. [ Proverb ]

Plenty has made me poor; wealth makes wit waver. [ Ovid ]

Every one can master a grief but he that has it. [ William Shakespeare ]

The mob has nothing to lose, everything to gain. [ Goethe ]

For whatever man has, is in reality only a gift. [ Wieland ]

He has one face to God and another to the devil. [ Proverb ]

What avails it that indulgent Heaven
From mortal eyes has wrapt the woes to come,
If we, ingenious to torment ourselves.
Grow pale at hideous fictions of our own?
Enjoy the present; nor with needless cares
Of what may spring from blind misfortune's womb,
Appal the surest hour that life bestows.
Serene, and master of yourself, prepare
For what may come; and leave the rest to Heaven. [ Armstrong ]

Blest be the gracious Power, who taught mankind
To stamp a lasting image of the mind!
Beasts may convey, and tuneful birds may sing.
Their mutual feelings, in the opening spring;
But Man alone has skill and power to send
The heart's warm dictates to the distant friend;
'Tis his alone to please, instruct, advise
Ages remote, and nations yet to rise. [ Crabbe ]

Death has made His darkness beautiful with thee. [ Tennyson ]

Those whom God to ruin has designed.
He fits for fate, and first destroys their mind. [ Dryden ]

Love has no age, as it is always renewing itself. [ Pascal ]

And glory long has made the sages smile;
It is something, nothing, words, illusion, wind -
Depending more upon the historian's style
Than on the name a person leaves behind. [ Byron ]

A vicious gentleman has a blot in his 'scutcheon. [ Proverb ]

Words are like sea-shells on the shore; they show
Where the mind ends, and not how far it has been. [ Bailey ]

Most powerful is he who has himself in his power. [ Seneca ]

He who has lost confidence can lose nothing more. [ Boiste ]

Every man has business and desire, such as it is. [ William Shakespeare ]

Even the lion has to defend itself against flies. [ German Proverb ]

For fate has wove the thread of life with pain,
And twins even from the birth are misery and man. [ Pope ]

A drop of ink has not only saved men but nations. [ J. Baldwin Brown ]

He that has the worst cause makes the most noise. [ Proverb ]

He that dies young has made a quick voyage of it. [ Proverb ]

He only who forgets to hoard has learned to live. [ Keble ]

Who has not what he loves, must love what he has. [ Bussy-Rabutin ]

He that has nothing to spare must not keep a dog. [ Proverb ]

He has good blood in him, but wants grotes to it. [ Proverb ]

Amid my list of blessings infinite
Stands this the foremost, that my heart has bled; [ Young ]

He has but one great fear that fears to do wrong. [ Bovee ]

He knows best what good is that has endured evil. [ Proverb ]

Kinds hearts are here; yet would the tenderest one
Have limits to its mercy; God has none. [ A. A. Procter ]

You are a fool; you do what has been done already. [ Plaut ]

He alone has energy that cannot be deprived of it. [ Lavater ]

He has a bee in his bonnet (i.e. is hare-brained). [ Scotch Proverb ]

He that imagines he has knowledge enough has none. [ Proverb ]

No estate can make him rich that has a poor heart. [ Proverb ]

He has great need of a fool who makes himself one. [ French Proverb ]

I know of nobody that has a mind to die this year. [ Proverb ]

I find my familiarity with thee has bred contempt. [ Cervantes ]

Well has he lived who has lived well in obscurity. [ Ovid ]

What is, what has been, and what shall in time be. [ Virgil ]

He has brought up a bird to pick out his own eyes. [ Proverb ]

Treason has done his worst; nor steel, nor poison,
Malice domestic, foreign levy, nothing
Can touch him further. [ William Shakespeare, Macbeth ]

There is a woman who is full of whims (has moons). [ French Proverb ]

It is a friendly heart that has plenty of friends. [ Thackeray ]

Spring has no blossom fairer than thy form;
Winter no snow-wreath purer than thy mind;
The dew-drop trembling to the morning beam
Is like thy smile, pure, transient, heaven refin'd. [ Mrs. Lydia Jane Pierson ]

He that has but one eye had need look well to that. [ Proverb ]

To all facts there are laws,
The effect has its cause, and I mount to the cause. [ Lord Lytton ]

Dirt has been shrewdly termed "misplaced material." [ Victor Hugo ]

He has an even hand to throw a louse into the fire. [ Proverb ]

He is not poor who has the use of necessary things. [ Horace ]

He who has a dread of the devil does not grow rich. [ Italian Proverb ]

He is so poor that he has not salt to his porridge. [ Proverb ]

Terror has its inspiration, as well as competition. [ Beaconsfield ]

Who dares to say that he alone has found the truth? [ Longfellow ]

Government has been a fossil; it should be a plant. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

A bad beginning has a bad, or makes a worse, ending. [ Proverb ]

He that has feathered his nest may fly when he will. [ Proverb ]

He who has no character is not a man: he is a thing. [ Chamfort ]

Greatness, once and for ever, has done with opinion. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Not heaven itself upon the past has power;
But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour. [ John Dryden ]

My long period of service has led to no advancement. [ Juv ]

From what has happened we may infer what may happen.

He who has love in his heart has spurs in his sides. [ Italian Proverb ]

He who has love in his heart has spurs in his heels. [ Proverb ]

Many a man has been undone by a ridiculous nickname. [ J. H. Moore ]

The friend of order has made half his way to virtue. [ Lavater ]

You have sat your time, as many a good hen has done. [ Proverb ]

The soul's dark cottage, battered and decayed,
Lets in new light through chinks that time has made. [ Waller ]

Profound joy has more of severity than gaiety in it. [ Montaigne ]

He does not do right who unlearns what he has learnt. [ Plaut ]

A wilful fault has no excuse, and deserves no pardon. [ Proverb ]

There are, whom heaven has blessed with store of wit,
Yet want as much again to manage it;
For wit and judgment ever are at strife,
Tho' meant each other's aid, like man and wife. [ Pope ]

One writes well only of what he has seen or suffered. [ De Goncourt ]

No one knows how far his powers go till he has tried. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Victory belongs to him who has the most perseverance. [ Napoleon I ]

Teaching has not a tithe of the efficacy of training. [ Horace Mann ]

Even when the bird walks one feels that it has wings. [ Lemierre ]

Things are where things are, and, as fate has willed.
So shall they be fulfilled. [ Robert Browning ]

Adam must have an Eve, to blame for what he has done. [ German Proverb ]

He knows the water the best who has waded through it. [ Proverb ]

He who has learned to obey, will know how to command. [ Solon ]

He who has good health is rich, and does not know it. [ Italian Proverb ]

He that is not sensible of his loss has lost nothing. [ Proverb ]

An infant when it gazes on the light,
A child the moment when it drains the breast,
A devotee when soars the Host in sight,
An Arab with a stranger for a guest,
A sailor when the prize has struck in fight,
A miser filling his most hoarded chest,
Feel rapture; but not such true joy are reaping
As they who watch over what they love while sleeping. [ Byron ]

One always has time enough if one will apply it well. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it. [ Franklin ]

But every one has a besetting sin to which he returns. [ La Fontaine ]

The heart has reasons that reason does not understand. [ Bossuet ]

Whoever has learned to love, has learned to be silent. [ Mme. de Sartory ]

Nothing has a better effect upon children than praise. [ Sir P. Sidney ]

He who has lived obscurely and quietly has lived well. [ Ovid ]

The less power a man has, the more he likes to use it. [ J. Petit-Senn ]

Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
Is the immediate jewel of their souls;
Who steals my purse steals trash;
'Tis something, nothing;
'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name,
Robs me of that which not enriches him,
And makes me poor indeed. [ William Shakespeare ]

He has but a short Lent that must pay money at Easter. [ Proverb ]

A poor man has not many marks for Fortune to shoot at. [ Proverb ]

The world has not yet learned the riches of frugality. [ Cicero ]

He has the greatest blind side who thinks he has none. [ Proverb ]

Speech has been given to man to disguise his thoughts. [ Talleyrand ]

One could make a great book of what has not been said. [ Rivarol ]

Delay has always been injurious to those who are ready. [ Lucan ]

It is not to be called a bad day that has a good night. [ Proverb ]

He is the greatest conqueror who has conquered himself. [ Proverb ]

Novelty has charms that our minds can hardly withstand. [ Thackeray ]

Gold has wings which carry everywhere except to heaven. [ Rus. Proverb ]

Every one has a fair turn to be as great as he pleases. [ Jeremy Collier ]

A first book has some of the sweetness of a first love. [ Willmott ]

He has wit at will that, when angry, can sit him still. [ Scotch Proverb ]

Let us weep in our darkness - but weep not for him!
Not for him - who, departing, leaves millions in tears!
Not for him - who has died full of honor and years!
Not for him - who ascended Fame's ladder so high.
From the round at the top he has stepped to the sky. [ N. P. Willis ]

A cat has nine lives, and a woman has nine cats' lives. [ Proverb ]

Man has only too much reason to guard himself from man. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

It is a strange wood that has never a dead bough in it. [ Proverb ]

The poor man has his corn destroyed by hail every year. [ Proverb ]

As often as you do wrong, justice has you on the score. [ Proverb ]

He who fears death has already lost the life be covets. [ Cato ]

He that climbs the tall tree has won right to the fruit,
He that leaps the wide gulf should prevail in his suit. [ Sir Walter Scott ]

Who has not seen that feeling born of flame
Crimson the cheek at mention of a name?
The rapturous touch of some divine surprise
Flash deep suffusion of celestial dyes:
When hands clasped hands, and lips to lips were pressed,
And the heart's secret was at once confessed? [ Abraham Coles ]

The thought has good wings, and the quill a good tongue. [ Proverb ]

A man has no more religion than he acts out in his life. [ Henry Ward Beecher ]

A noble soul has no other merit than to be a noble soul. [ Schiller ]

The ragged cliff has thousand faces in a thousand hours. [ Emerson ]

He only is a well-made man who has a good determination. [ Emerson ]

Woman is the sweetest present that God has given to man. [ Guyard ]

Like the Grecian, woos the image he himself has wrought. [ Prior ]

What I was ashamed to say, love has ordered me to write. [ Ovid ]

Nobody has a right to have opinions, but only knowledge. [ John Ruskin ]

Confidence in conversation has a greater share than wit. [ Rochefoucauld ]

He who has no wish to be happier is the happiest of men. [ W. R. Alger ]

He is wide of the mark; has gone quite out of his sphere.

The best surgeon is he that has been well hacked himself. [ Proverb ]

Assassination has never changed the history of the world. [ Beaconsfield ]

Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors. [ Voltaire ]

He has great need of a wife that marries mamma's darling. [ Proverb ]

He has but bad food that feeds upon the faults of others. [ Proverb ]

Wait till night before saying that the day has been fine. [ French Proverb ]

A good edge is good for nothing if it has nothing to cut. [ Proverb ]

Time on his head has snowed, yet still it is borne aloft. [ Young ]

He that has purchased the devil must make the most of him. [ Proverb ]

My hands are clean, but my heart has somewhat of impurity. [ Euripides ]

He has most share in the wedding that lies with the bride. [ Proverb ]

A clever woman has millions of born foes - all stupid men. [ Marie Ebner-Eschenbach ]

He has a hole under his nose that all his money runs into. [ Proverb ]

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. [ Ovid ]

Science has but one fashion - to lose nothing once gained. [ Stedman ]

Man knows nothing but what he has learned from experience. [ Wieland ]

Who of us has not shed tears over the tomb of a loved one! [ Chateaubriand ]

The blemishes, or errors, which carelessness has produced. [ Horace ]

He that has led a wicked life is afraid of his own memory. [ Proverb ]

He who neglects the present moment throws away all he has. [ Schiller ]

In love, what we take has greater price than what is given. [ J. Petit-Senn ]

There is not a single heart but has its moments of longing. [ Beecher ]

Not he who has little, but he who wishes for more, is poor. [ Seneca ]

One is quick to suspect where one has suffered harm before. [ Publius Syrus ]

He that feeds upon charity has a cold dinner and no supper. [ Proverb ]

Love should dare everything when it has everything to fear. [ Saurin ]

Mark how there still has run, inwoven from above,
Through thy life's darkest woof, the golden thread of love. [ R. C. Trench ]

What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose. [ Ward Beecher ]

High station has to be resigned in order to be appreciated. [ Pascal ]

'Twas a hand
White, delicate, dimpled, warm, languid, and bland
The hand of a woman is often, in youth.
Somewhat rough, somewhat red, somewhat graceless, in truth;
Does its beauty refine, as its pulses grow calm,
Or as sorrow has crossed the life line in the palm? [ Lord Lytton ]

My heart resembles the ocean; has storm, and ebb, and flow;
And many a beautiful pearl
Lies hid in its depths below. [ Heine ]

Poetry has been the guardian angel of humanity in all ages. [ Lamartine ]

The age of chivalry has gone; the age of humanity has come. [ Charles Sumner ]

The company keeper has almost as many snares as companions. [ Proverb ]

Nothing can overtake an untruth if it has a minute's start. [ J. M. Barrie ]

If you have no enemies, it is a sign fortune has forgot you. [ Proverb ]

He is false by nature that has a black head and a red beard. [ Proverb ]

The most profound joy has more of gravity than gayety in it. [ Montague ]

It is with sorrows, as with countries, each man has his own. [ Chateaubriand ]

The least wit a man has, the less he knows that he wants it. [ Proverb ]

It has a hundred tongues, a hundred mouths, a voice of iron. [ Virg., of Rumour ]

Every man has just as much vanity as he wants understanding. [ Pope ]

Nature has given man no better thing than shortness of life. [ Pliny the Elder ]

A fool may sometimes have talent, but he never has judgment. [ La Roche ]

He who prays and bites has not a little of the devil in him. [ Lavater ]

Pleasure has no logic; it never treads in its own footsteps. [ Alexander Smith ]

He that is known to have no money has no friends nor credit. [ Proverb ]

A man without ceremony has need of great merit in its place. [ Proverb ]

God has given you one face, and you make yourselves another. [ William Shakespeare ]

One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards. [ Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband ]

Openness has the mischief though not the malice of treachery. [ Proverb ]

Woman has a smile for every joy, and a tear for every sorrow. [ Sainte-Foix ]

There is no man so bad but has a secret respect for the good. [ Proverb ]

There is no law but has in it a hole for him who can find it. [ German Proverb ]

It is difficult to speak to the belly because it has no ears. [ Plutarch ]

Grieve not that I die young.
Is it not well to pass away ere life has lost its brightness? [ Lady Flora Hastings ]

No man should live in the world that has nothing to do in it. [ Proverb ]

No man is born without faults, he is best who has the fewest. [ Horace ]

He that has a great nose thinks every body is speaking of it. [ Proverb ]

What a heavy burden is a name that has become too soon famous! [ Voltaire ]

Happy the man who has been able to learn the causes of things. [ Virgil ]

There has never been a man mean and at the same time virtuous. [ Confucius ]

The mind is slow in unlearning what it has been long learning. [ Seneca ]

Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius. [ Isaac Disraeli ]

The happiest word is scorned, if the hearer has a twisted ear. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Prosperity has damned more souls than all the devils together. [ Proverb ]

God has given to us eternal life; and this life is in His Son.

He who has not the spirit of his age has all the misery of it. [ Voltaire ]

He has a head as big as a horse, and brains as much as an ass. [ Proverb ]

Well for him to whom God has given enough with a sparing hand. [ Horace ]

He that has but four, and spends five, has no need of a purse. [ Proverb ]

He who has a tongue in his head can travel all the world over. [ Italian Proverb ]

The cow knows not what her tail is worth till she has lost it. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

Journalism has already come to be the first power in the land. [ Samuel Bowles ]

He who has imagination without learning has wings and no feet. [ Joseph Joubert ]

The love of gain never made a painter; but it has marred many. [ Washington Allston ]

Who has a daring eye tells downright truths and downright lies. [ Lava ter ]

Politeness has left our manners, to take refuge in our clothes. [ Mme. de Bassanville ]

He who owes a hundred, and has a hundred and one, fears nobody. [ Proverb ]

She has an eye that could speak, though her tongue were silent. [ Aaron Hill ]

He who does not love flowers has lost all love and fear of God. [ Ludwig Tieck ]

No man can answer for his courage who has never been in danger. [ La Roche ]

He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything. [ Arabian Proverb ]

A heart once poisoned by suspicion has no longer room for love. [ Kotzebue ]

The tyrant, it has been said, is but a slave turned inside out. [ Samuel Smiles ]

Silence has been given to woman to better express her thoughts. [ Desnoyers ]

A man does not please long when he has only one species of wit. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Every vice has a cloak, and creeps in under the name of virtue.

Solitude has a healing consoler, friend, companion: it is work. [ Auerbach ]

Every man seeks for truth; but God only knows who has found it. [ Chesterfield ]

Christianity has made martyrdom sublime, and sorrow triumphant. [ Chapin ]

Finesse has been given to woman to compensate the force of man. [ Laclos ]

He may make a will upon his nail, for any thing he has to give. [ Proverb ]

He that has a mouth of his own should not say to another, Blow. [ Proverb ]

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all. [ Oliver Wendell Holmes ]

Liberty has no actual rights which are not grafted upon justice. [ Mme. Swetchine ]

That unity which has not its origin in the multitude is tyranny. [ Pascal ]

He that has but one eye, is a prince among those that have none. [ Proverb ]

There is no killing the suspicion that deceit has once begotten. [ George Eliot ]

Hang him that has no shifts, and hang him that has one too many. [ Proverb ]

On the earth, the Infinite has sowed His name in tender flowers. [ Richter ]

The human heart has a sigh lonelier than the cry of the bittern. [ W. R. Alger ]

A woman who has surrendered her lips has surrendered everything. [ Viard ]

Man has been created free, is free, even were he born in chains. [ Friedrich Schiller ]

One knows the value of pleasure only after he has suffered pain. [ Fontanelle ]

He is sillier than a crab, that has all his brains in his belly. [ Proverb ]

No evil dies so soon as that which has been patiently sustained. [ W. Secker ]

The fire of my adversity has purged the mass of my acquaintance. [ Bolingbroke ]

He who has not the weakness of friendship, has not the strength. [ Joubert ]

A thief passes for a gentleman, when stealing has made him rich. [ Proverb ]

What an eye she has! methinks it sounds a parley of provocation. [ William Shakespeare ]

Heaven will be inherited by every man who has heaven in his soul. [ Henry Ward Beecher ]

Every nation has its own language as well as its own temperament. [ Voltaire ]

When a lover gives, he demands - and much more than he has given. [ Parny ]

Love is a disease that kills nobody, but one whose time has come. [ Marguerite de Valois ]

A good man has more hope in his death, than a wicked in his life. [ Proverb ]

He has oratory who ravishes his hearers while he forgets himself. [ Lavater ]

That only is a disgrace to a man which he has deserved to suffer. [ Phaedrus ]

Great men are the true men, the men in whom Nature has succeeded. [ Amiel ]

Joy has this in common with pain, that it bereaves man of reason. [ Platen ]

We do not count a man's years until he has nothing else to count. [ Emerson ]

Nature has given us the seeds of knowledge, not knowledge itself. [ Seneca ]

That man has the fewest wants who is the least anxious for wealth. [ Publius Syrus ]

Man's grand fault is, and remains, that he has so many small ones. [ Jean Paul ]

What one has wished for in youth, in old age one has in abundance. [ Goethe ]

So true it is, that nature has caprices which, art cannot imitate. [ Macaulay ]

All the wit in the world is thrown away upon the man who has none. [ Bruyère ]

Of all wit's uses, the main one is to live well with who has none. [ Emerson ]

Trust that man in nothing, who has not a conscience in everything. [ Laurence Sterne ]

Avarice, where it has full dominion, excludes every other passion. [ Gladstone ]

However wickedness outstrips men, it has no wings to fly from God. [ Shakespeare ]

Greatness of any kind has no greater foe than a habit of drinking. [ Walter Scott ]

It is the path of the passions that has conducted me to philosophy. [ J. J. Rousseau ]

The man who has never been in danger cannot answer for his courage. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Science ever has been, and ever must be, the safeguard of religion. [ Sir David Brewster ]

He who has carried the calf will be able by and by to carry the ox. [ Proverb ]

Love is a beggar, who still begs when one has given him everything. [ Rochepedre ]

He has more wit in his head than Sampson had in both his shoulders. [ Proverb ]

The miser is as much in want of what he has, as of what he has not. [ Syrus ]

Ah, could the soul, like the body, have a mirror! It has, a friend. [ W. R, Alger ]

So vain is the belief that the sequestered path has fewest flowers. [ Thomas Doubleday ]

We'll never know the worth of the water till the well has gone dry. [ Proverb ]

When one has a good day in the year, one is not wholly unfortunate. [ Marguerite de Valois ]

He has seen a wolf. (Proverb of one who suddenly curbs his tongue.) [ ? ]

There is no fireside, howsoe'er defended, but has one vacant chair! [ Longfellow ]

The frog sings; and yet she has neither hair nor wool to cover her. [ Proverb ]

Literature is so common a luxury that the age has grown fastidious. [ Tuckerman ]

Ah! perhaps while we are hoping, mischief has already overtaken us. [ Friedrich Schiller ]

Character is what Nature has engraven on us; can we then efface it? [ Voltaire ]

He has a great fancy to marriage that goes to the devil for a wife. [ Proverb ]

Nature has no promise for society, least of all, any remedy for sin. [ Horace Bushnell ]

The mind attracted by what is false has no relish for better things. [ Horace ]

Whoever has loved knows all that life contains of sorrow and of joy. [ George Sand ]

The miser is poor to the extent of all that he has not yet acquired.

He swore to me an eternal love. Eternity has lasted but one morning! [ Millevoye ]

The curiosity of knowing things has been given to man for a scourge. [ Bible ]

In youth, one has tears without grief; in age, griefs without tears. [ Joseph Roux ]

Every absurdity has a champion to defend it; for error is talkative. [ Goldsmith ]

It has been a great misfortune to many a one that he lived too long. [ Proverb ]

He that has no silver in his purse should have silver on his tongue. [ Proverb ]

Often has a small spark through neglect raised a great conflagration. [ Rufus ]

He who has once been very foolish will at no other time be very wise. [ Montaigne ]

The only thing that grief has taught me is to know how shallow it is. [ Emerson ]

Life, that ever needs forgiveness, has for its first duty to forgive. [ Edward Bulwer Lytton ]

Virtue and vice divide the world; but vice has got the greater share. [ Proverb ]

That is the best part of each writer which has nothing private in it. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Much exists under our very noses which has no name, and can get none. [ Carlyle ]

Be certain that he who has betrayed thee once will betray thee again. [ Lavater ]

To endure is the first and most necessary lesson a child has to learn. [ Rousseau ]

Society has gone to the dogs: a lot of nobodies talking about nothing. [ Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband ]

Love is a disorder that has three stages: desire, possession, satiety. [ Senac de Meilhan ]

It is but shaping the bribe to the taste, and every one has his price. [ Richardson ]

The most penitent anchorite has now and then a small flight of vanity. [ Proverb ]

Fame has eagle wings, and yet she mounts not so high as man's desires. [ Beaconsfield ]

Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics. [ Sheridan ]

Even the rude breast has moments in which dark powers awaken melodies. [ Körner ]

Sufficiently provided from within, he has need of little from without. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe of the poet ]

There is not a string attuned to mirth but has its chord of melancholy. [ Hood ]

Riches have made mair men covetous than covetousness has made men rich. [ Scotch Proverb ]

The measure of choosing well is whether a man likes what he has chosen. [ Lamb ]

It has been very truly said that the mob has many beads, but no brains. [ Rivarol ]

Death is the ugly fact which Nature has to hide, and she hides it well. [ Alexander Smith ]

Heroic poetry has ever been esteemed the greatest work of human nature. [ Dryden ]

A lover has all the virtues and all the defects that a husband has not. [ Balzac ]

The stone which the builders refused has become the head of the corner. [ Bible ]

Conversation is an art in which v. man has all mankind for competitors. [ Emerson ]

Alas! the breast that inly bleeds has nought to fear from outward blow. [ Byron ]

She has less beauty than her picture hath, and truly not much more wit. [ Proverb ]

Every age has its problem, by solving which humanity is helped forward. [ Heinrich Heine ]

Friendship is one soul in two bodies; he who has many friends has none. [ Aristotle ]

No man thoroughly understands a truth until he has contended against it. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Every good writer has much idiom; it is the life and spirit of language. [ Landor ]

Mathematics has not a foot to stand on which is not purely metaphysical. [ De Quincey ]

Every age has its pleasures, its style of wit, and its peculiar manners. [ Boileau ]

Industry has annexed thereto the fairest fruits and the richest rewards. [ Barrow ]

No expression of politeness but has its root in the moral nature of man. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

The happiness of a married man depends on the people he has not married. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

Who of us has not regretted that age when laughter was ever on the lips! [ J. J. Rousseau ]

He who has teeth is without bread, and he who has bread is without teeth. [ Italian Proverb ]

She has more goodness in her little finger than he has in his whole body. [ Swift ]

Ridicule has followed the vestiges of truth, but never usurped her place. [ Landor ]

Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius. [ Carlyle ]

The broken eggshell of a civilization which time has hatched and devoured. [ Julia Ward Howe ]

Whoever has not ascended mountains knows little of the beauties of Nature. [ William Hewitt ]

Grief has been compared to a hydra; for every one that dies, two are born. [ Calderon ]

Speak out in acts; the time for words has passed, and deeds alone suffice. [ Whittier ]

Trust him with little who, without proofs, trusts you with everything, or,
When he has proved you, with nothing. [ Lavater ]

Many an honest man stands in need of help that has not the face to beg it. [ Proverb ]

Love that has nothing but beauty to keep it in good health is short-lived. [ Erasmus ]

The earth hath bubbles, as the water has, and these are of them. (Trifles) [ William Shakespeare ]

A widow is like a frigate of which the first captain has been shipwrecked. [ A. Karr ]

Not every one who has the gift of speech understands the value of silence. [ Lavater ]

He that boasts of his ancestors confesses that he has no virtue of his own. [ Charron ]

An old coquette has all the defects of a young one, and none of her charms. [ A. Dupuy ]

When a secret is revealed, it is the fault of the man who has intrusted it. [ Bruyere ]

He who has not a good memory should never take upon him the trade of lying. [ Montaigne ]

Sometimes death is a punishment; often a gift; it has been a favor to many. [ Seneca ]

When a man has no occasion to borrow, he finds numbers willing to lend him. [ Goldsmith ]

Still it is a fine sight to see a man who has never changed his principles. [ Jules Favre ]

Truth itself shall lose its credit, if delivered by a person that has none. [ South ]

He who has ceased to enjoy his friend's superiority has ceased to love him. [ Mme. Swetchine ]

He who has money to squander, let him employ workmen and not stand by them. [ Italian Proverb ]

Science has not solved difficulties, only shifted the points of difficulty. [ C. H. Parkhurst ]

Marriage has in it less of beauty, but more of safety, than the single life. [ Jeremy Taylor ]

The fact is, nothing comes, - at least, nothing good. All has to be fetched. [ Charles Buxton ]

He who has neither friend, nor enemy, is without talents, powers, or energy. [ Lavater ]

Blessed is that man who knows his own distaff and has found his own spindle. [ J. G. Holland ]

Everything that exceeds the bounds of moderation has an unstable foundation. [ Seneca ]

When once ambition has passed its natural limits, its progress is boundless. [ Seneca ]

The bounds of a man's knowledge are easily concealed, if be has but prudence. [ Goldsmith ]

That cause is strong which has not a multitude, but one strong man behind it. [ Lowell ]

When the time comes in which one could, the time has passed in which one can. [ Marie Ebner-Eschenbach ]

Kindness has converted more sinners than either zeal, eloquence, or learning. [ F. W. Faber ]

He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

A mother who doesn't part with a daughter every season has no real affection. [ Oscar Wilde, Lady Windemere's Fan ]

The relief of enemies has a tendency to unite mankind in fraternal affection. [ Johnson ]

When a man says he has exhausted life one always knows life has exhausted him. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

Whenever one has anything unpleasant to say one should always be quite candid. [ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest ]

He who has less than he desires should know that he has more than he deserves. [ Lichtenberg ]

The miser is as much in want of that which he has as of that which he has not. [ Publius Syrus ]

In the spot where liberty has made her last stand she was fated to be smitten. [ Lucan ]

Ask a kite for a feather, and she'll say, she has but just enough to fly with. [ Proverb ]

Whatever fortune has raised to a height, she has raised only that it may fall. [ Seneca ]

Call not that man wretched, who whatever ills he suffers, has a child to love. [ Southey ]

There is a chord in every human heart that has a sigh in it if touched aright. [ Ouida ]

Physical beauty in man has become as rare as his moral beauty has always been. [ Mme. Louise Colet ]

Where there is much pretension, much has been borrowed: nature never pretends. [ Lavater ]

Whatever beauty may be, it has for its basis order, and for its essence unity. [ Father Andre ]

Strong are the instincts with which God has guarded the sacredness of marriage. [ Maria M'Intosh ]

Take care that the divinity within you has a creditable charge to preside over. [ Marcus Aurelius ]

The drying up a single tear has more of honest fame than shedding seas of gore. [ Byron ]

The smallest word has some unguarded spot, and danger lurks in i without a dot. [ O. W. Holmes ]

A woman forgives the audacity which her beauty has prompted us to be guilty of. [ Lesage ]

We say a thing is without rhyme or reason when it has neither number nor sense. [ Dr. Johnson ]

We cannot overstate our debt to the past, but the moment has the supreme claim. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

A drop of water has all the properties of water, but it cannot exhibit a storm. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Every man must have his own style, as he has his own face and his own features. [ John Stuart Blackie, The Art Of Authorship, 1891 ]

Culture, which has licked all the world into shape, has reached even the devil. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Imagination is but a poor matter when it has to part company with understanding. [ Carlyle ]

A lie has no legs, and cannot stand; but it has wings, and can fly far and wide. [ Warburton ]

Charms by accepting, by submitting sways, yet has her humor most when she obeys. [ Pope ]

The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happy married life. [ Oscar Wilde, Lady Windemere's Fan ]

Literature has other aims than that of harmlessly amusing indolent, languid men. [ Carlyle ]

Every genuine work of art has as much reason for being as the earth and the sun. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Not he who has many ideas, but he who has one conviction may become a great man. [ Cötvös ]

Grace has been defined the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul. [ Hazlitt ]

Nature has sometimes made a fool; but a coxcomb is always of a man's own making. [ Addison ]

A fop takes great pains to hang out a sign, by his dress, of what he has within. [ Richardson ]

Anger has some claim to indulgence, and railing is usually a relief to the mind. [ Junius ]

A coquette has no heart, she has only vanity: it is adorers she seeks, not love. [ Poincelot ]

No power of genius has ever yet had the smallest success in explaining existence. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Well has it been said that there is no grief like the grief which does not speak. [ Longfellow ]

Nothing can constitute good-breeding that has not good-nature for its foundation. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

When a thief has no opportunity for stealing, he considers himself an honest man. [ Talmud ]

True dignity is his whose tranquil mind virtue has raised above the things below. [ Beattie ]

The human voice has an authority and an insinuating property which writing lacks. [ Joubert ]

An engagement is hardly a serious one that has not been broken off at least once. [ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest ]

Evil is like the nightmare, the instant you bestir yourself it has already ended. [ Jean Paul Richter ]

If commonsense has not the brilliancy of the sun, it has the fixity of the stars. [ Fernan Caballero ]

A dwarf sees farther than the giant when he has the giant's shoulders to mount on. [ Coleridge ]

He who gives up the smallest part of a secret has the rest no longer in his power. [ Richter ]

A man who lives in indifference is one who has never seen the woman he could love. [ La Bruyere ]

Conscience is a sacred sanctuary, where God alone has the right to enter as judge. [ Lamennais ]

No man has a prosperity so high and firm but two or three words can dishearten it. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Nature has granted to all to be happy, if we did but know how to use her benefits. [ Claudian ]

His wit run him out of his money, and now his poverty has run him out of his wits. [ Congreve ]

Old age has deformities enough of its own; do not add to it the deformity of vice. [ Cato ]

Man is free as the bird in the cage: he has powers of motion within certain limits. [ Lavater ]

O Fortune, how thy restless, wavering state has fraught with cares my troubled wit! [ Queen Elizabeth ]

If Satan ever laughs, it must be at hypocrites; they are the greatest dupes he has. [ Colton ]

When a good man has talent, he always works morally for the salvation of the world. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

No one has deceived the whole world, nor has the whole world ever deceived any one. [ Pliny the Younger ]

The human race is in the best condition when it has the greatest degree of liberty. [ Dante ]

Ruins are the broken eggshell of a civilisation which time has hatched and devoured. [ Julia W. Howe ]

He whom fortune has never deceived rarely considers the uncertainty of human events. [ Livy ]

Glory long has made the sages smile; 'tis something, nothing, words, illusion, wind. [ Byron ]

As yet, no navigator has traced lines of latitude and longitude on the conjugal sea. [ Balzac ]

The path which good order prescribes is the direct one, even though it has windings. [ Friedrich Schiller ]

Providence has given us hope and sleep as a compensation for the many cares of life. [ Francois M. A. de Voltaire ]

In the earliest ages science was poetry, as in the latter poetry has become science. [ Lowell ]

No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad. [ Carlyle ]

He that has but one hog makes him fat, and he that has but one son makes him a fool. [ Proverb ]

He is best served who has no need to put the hands of others at the end of his arms. [ Rousseau ]

The canary-bird sings the sweeter the longer it has been trained in a darkened cage. [ Jean Paul ]

I have always been a quarter of an hour before my time, and it has made a man of me. [ Nelson ]

He that goes continually abroad a borrowing, shews he has little at home of his own. [ Proverb ]

Many an inherited sorrow that has marred a life has been breathed into no human ear. [ George Eliot ]

Unhappy is the man for whom his own mother has not made all other mothers venerable. [ Agnesi ]

He who has reason and good sense at his command needs few of the arts of the orator. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

It has been the providence of nature to give this creature nine lives Instead of one. [ Pilpay ]

Only a woman will believe in a man who has once been detected in fraud and falsehood. [ Dumas, Pere ]

The pretension of youth always gives to a woman a few more years than she really has. [ Jouy ]

Grief has two forms of expression, laughter and tears; and tears are not the saddest. [ L. Blanc ]

There is work on God's wide earth for all men that he has made with hands and hearts. [ Carlyle ]

Soon as man, expert from time, has found the key of life, it opes the gates of death. [ Young ]

The soul's armour is never well set to the heart unless a woman's hand has braced it. [ John Ruskin ]

If he had spewed so often as he has lied, he would have brought up his guts long ago. [ Proverb ]

Every genius has most power in his own language, and every heart in its own religion. [ Jean Paul ]

Woman has this in common with angels, that suffering beings belong especially to her. [ Balzac ]

We usually lose the today, because there has been a yesterday, and tomorrow is coming. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

The axe of intemperance has lopped off his green boughs and left him a withered trunk. [ Swift ]

The heart of woman never grows old; when it has ceased to love, it has ceased to live. [ Rochepedre ]

Curiosity in children Nature has provided to remove the ignorance they were born with. [ Locke ]

Words become luminous when the poet's finger has passed over them its phosphorescence. [ Joubert ]

That man that has a tongue, I say, is no man if with his tongue he cannot win a woman. [ William Shakespeare ]

Contentment, as it is a short road and pleasant, has great delight and little trouble. [ Epictetus ]

Heaven has refused genius to woman, in order to concentrate all the fire in her heart. [ Rivarol ]

He that has never known adversity is but half acquainted with others, or with himself. [ Colton ]

The heart is always young only in the recollection of those whom it has loved in youth. [ Arsene Houssaye ]

Wealth is the smallest thing on earth, the least gift that God has bestowed on mankind. [ Martin Luther ]

He that has sense knows that learning is not knowledge, but rather the art of using it. [ Richard Steele ]

Childhood has no forebodings; but then, it is soothed by no memories of outlived sorrow. [ George Eliot ]

Preceptive wisdom that has not been vivified by life has in itself no affinity for life. [ J. G. Holland ]

When the intoxication of love has passed, we laugh at the perfections it had discovered. [ Ninon de Lenclos ]

Laziness is a good deal like money: the more a man has of it, the more he seems to want. [ Henry Wheeler Shaw (pen name Josh Billings) ]

He that has a hundred and one, and owes a hundred and two, the Lord have mercy upon him. [ Proverb ]

God is all love; it is He who made everything, and He loves everything that He has made. [ Henry Brooke ]

Hypocrisy has become a fashionable vice, and every fashionable vice passes for a virtue. [ Moliere ]

He rejoices more than an old man who has put off old age, (i.e. has become young again). [ Proverb ]

The march of intellect, which licks all the world into shape, has even reached the devil. [ Goethe ]

He that is ungrateful has no guilt but one; all other crimes may pass for virtues in him. [ Young ]

Let no man presume to give advice to others, that has not first given counsel to himself. [ Seneca ]

The fate of a nation has often depended on the good or bad digestion of a prime minister. [ Voltaire ]

All other knowledge is hurtful to him who has not the science of honesty and good-nature. [ Montaigne ]

Old gold has a civilizing virtue which new gold must grow old to be capable of secreting. [ Lowell ]

The knowledge of the theory of logic has no tendency whatever to make men good reasoners. [ T. B. Macaulay ]

Of four things every man has more than he knows--of sins, and debts, and years, and foes. [ Persian Proverb ]

Nothing can check his watchful daring. For him the summer has no heat, the winter no ice. [ Boileau of Louis XIV ]

Genius only commands recognition when it has created the taste which is to appreciate it. [ Froude ]

He that has light within his own clear breast may sit in the center, and enjoy bright day. [ Milton ]

Great is he who has bravely vanquished his enemies, but greater is he who has gained them. [ Seume ]

When a man appreciates only eating and sleeping, what excellence has he over the reptiles? [ Saadi ]

When a man has once loved a woman he will do anything for her except continue to love her. [ Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband ]

Talent is a gift which God has imparted in secret, and which we reveal without knowing it. [ Montesquieu ]

Youth is presumptuous, old age is timid: the former aspires to live, the latter has lived. [ Mme. Roland ]

He who is an ass and thinks he is a stag, will find his error when he has to leap a ditch. [ Italian Proverb ]

He that has no fools, knaves, nor beggars in his family was begot by a flash of lightning. [ Proverb ]

Respect my independence! Lisette alone has the right to smile when I say: I am independent! [ Beranger ]

Man has still more desire for beauty than knowledge of it; hence the caprices of the world. [ X. Doudan ]

Nothing can be made of nothing; he who has laid up no material can produce no combinations. [ Sir J. Reynolds ]

A man doesn't automatically get my respect. He has to get down in the dirt and beg for it. [ Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts ]

Nature has lent us tears - the cry of suffering when the man at last can bear it no longer. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Nobody has ever found the gods so much his friends that he can promise himself another day. [ Seneca ]

He that revels in a well-chosen library has innumerable dishes, and all of admirable flavor. [ William Godwin ]

Even a liar tells a hundred truths to one lie: he has to, to make the lie good for anything. [ Henry Ward Beecher ]

Violent zeal for truth has a hundred to one odds to be either petulancy, ambition, or pride. [ Swift ]

Humanity has won its suit (in America), so that Liberty will nevermore be without an asylum. [ Marquis De Lafayette ]

A truth to an age that has rejected and trampled on it, is not a word of peace, but a sword. [ Henry George ]

It is easy in adversity to despise death; real fortitude has he who can dare to be wretched. [ Seneca ]

A sublime idea remains the same, from whatever brain or in whatever region it has its birth. [ Menzel ]

What has been sown in the mind of the youth blooms and fructifies in the sun of riper years. [ Alfred Mercier ]

The mind wishes for what it has missed, and occupies itself with retrospective contemplation. [ Petronius Arbiter ]

The greatest thief this world has ever produced is procrastination, and he is still at large. [ H. W. Shaw ]

Nature has placed mankind under the government of two sovereign masters, - pain and pleasure. [ Jeremy Bentham ]

All nature is a vast symbolism; every material fact has sheathed within it a spiritual truth. [ Chapin ]

Who that has loved knows not the tender tale which flowers reveal, when lips are coy to tell? [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

We never know a great character until something congenial to it has grown up within ourselves. [ William Ellery Channing ]

There is always something ridiculous about the passions of people whom one has ceased to love. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

Flattery is no more than what raises in a man's mind an idea of a preference which he has not. [ Burke ]

One sneers at curls when one has no more hair; one slanders apples when one has no more teeth. [ A. Karr ]

When any one has offended me. I try to raise my soul so high that the offence cannot reach it. [ Descartes ]

The head has the most beautiful appearance, as well as the highest station, in a human figure. [ Addison ]

Often the world discovers a man's moral worth only when its injustice has nearly destroyed him. [ De Finod ]

Check and restrain anger. Never make any determination until you find it has entirely subsided. [ Lord Collingwood ]

Covetousness, like jealousy, when it has once taken root, never leaves a man but with his life. [ Thomas Hughes ]

The value of an idea has nothing whatever to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

Whatever the number of a man's friends there will be times in his life when he has one too few. [ Bulwer ]

The heart that has once been bathed in love's pure fountain retains the pulse of youth forever. [ Landor ]

The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. [ Richter ]

He whom the gods love dies young, while he is in health, has his senses and his judgment sound. [ Plautus ]

Beauty is an outward gift which is seldom despised except by those to whom it has been refused. [ Gibbon ]

Wit has its place in debate; in controversy it is a legitimate weapon, offensive and defensive. [ Theodore Parker ]

Nothing has ever remained of any revolution, but what was ripe in the conscience of the masses. [ Ledru-Rollin ]

He who has no opinion of his own, but depends upon the opinion and taste of others, is a slave. [ Klopstock ]

What was once to me mere matter of the fancy now has grown the vast necessity of heart and life. [ Tennyson ]

Good-sense and good-nature are never separated, though the ignorant world has thought otherwise. [ John Dryden ]

Genius has its fatality. Must we not see in its works a manifestation of the will of Providence? [ Arsene Houssaye ]

What is good only because it pleases cannot be pronounced good till it has been found to please. [ Johnson ]

America has begun her career at the culminating point of life, as Adam did at the age of thirty. [ Mme. Swetchine ]

She is the most virtuous woman whom Nature has made the most voluptuous, and reason the coldest. [ La Beaumelle ]

Modesty in women has great advantages: it enhances beauty, and serves as a veil to uncomeliness. [ Fontanelle ]

When a man has not a good reason for doing a thing, he has one good reason for letting it alone. [ Scott ]

When once enthusiasm has been turned into ridicule, everything is undone except money and power. [ Mme. de Stael ]

Brave is the lion-vanquisher, brave is the world-subduer, but braver he who has subdued himself. [ J. G. Herder ]

We want our friend as a man of talent, less because he has talent than because he is our friend. [ Joseph Roux ]

The chameleon, who is said to feed upon nothing but air, has of all animals the nimblest tongue. [ Swift ]

Art is the right hand of Nature. The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men. [ Schiller ]

Time has been given only for us to exchange each year of our life with the remembrance of truth. [ St. Martin ]

When a young man complains that a young lady has no heart, it is pretty certain that she has his. [ G. D. Prentice ]

Scientific, like spiritual truth, has ever from the beginning been descending from heaven to man. [ Benjamin Disraeli ]

God has set the type of marriage through creation. Each creature seeks its perfection in another. [ Luther ]

He who has not forgiven an enemy has never yet tasted one of the most sublime enjoyments of life. [ Lavater ]

The man is best served who has no occasion to put the hands of others at the end of his own arms. [ Rousseau ]

Women carry a beautiful hand with them to the grave, when a beautiful face has long ago vanished. [ Beaconsfield ]

The mind does not know what diet it can feed on until it has been brought to the starvation point. [ Holmes ]

Nature has planted passions in the heart of man for the wisest purposes both of religion and life. [ Fox ]

When a man can look upon the simple wild-rose, and feel no pleasure, his taste has been corrupted. [ Beecher ]

What is to me important you regard as a trifle, and what puts me out has with you no significance. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Enthusiasm is that temper of the mind in which the imagination has got the better of the judgment. [ Warburton ]

A grain of sand leads to the fall of a mountain when the moment has come for the mountain to fall. [ Ernest Renan ]

He that has too little wants wings to fly, he that has too much is encumbered with his large tail. [ Proverb ]

Every traveller has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering. [ Dickens ]

Truth is a queen who has her eternal throne in heaven, and her seat of empire in the heart of God. [ Bossuet ]

It is easy in adversity to despise death; he has real fortitude who dares to live and be wretched. [ Martial ]

It is only the finite that has wrought and suffered; the infinite lies stretched in smiling repose. [ Emerson ]

There is not a more melancholy object than a man who has his head turned with religious enthusiasm. [ Addison ]

To elope is cowardly; it is running away from danger; and danger has become so rare in modern life. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

Woman's first duty in life is to her dressmaker. What the second duty is no one has yet discovered. [ Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband ]

A circumnavigator of the globe is less influenced by all the nations he has seen than by his nurse. [ Jean Paul ]

Not by the law of force, but by the law of labour, has any man right to the possession of the land. [ John Ruskin ]

A broken fortune is like a falling column; the lower it sinks, the greater weight it has to sustain. [ Ovid ]

To get into the best society nowadays, one has either to feed people, amuse people, or shock people. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

There is hardly a more common error than that of taking the man who has but one talent for a genius. [ Arthur Helps ]

The heart is like the tree that gives balm for the wounds of man, only when the iron has wounded it. [ Chateaubriand ]

Men live best upon small means. Nature has provided for all, if they only knew how to use her gifts. [ Claudianus ]

Error, when she retraces her steps, has farther to go before she can arrive at truth than ignorance. [ Colton ]

When a man has no design but to speak plain truth, he may say a great deal in a very narrow compass. [ Steele ]

When any calamity has been suffered, the first thing to be remembered is, how much has been escaped. [ Johnson ]

Ideas are the great warriors of the world, and a war that has no ideas behind it is simply brutality. [ James A. Garfield ]

Great part of human suffering has its root in the nature of man, and not in that of his institutions. [ Lowell ]

The bed has become a place of luxury to me! I would not exchange it for all the thrones in the world. [ Napoleon I ]

The angel of Death has been abroad throughout the land; you may almost hear the beating of his wings. [ John Bright ]

Whatever crazy sorrow saith, no life that breathes with human breath has ever truly longed for death. [ Tennyson ]

Love that has nothing but beauty to keep it in good health is short-lived, and apt to have ague fits. [ Erasmus ]

Had I not sinned, what had there been for thee to pardon? My fate has given thee the matter for mercy. [ Ovid ]

Friends should be weighed, not told; who boasts to have won a multitude of friends, has never had one. [ Coleridge ]

Temperance is a tree which has for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace. [ Buddha ]

Nothing is more idle than to inquire after happiness, which nature has kindly placed within our reach. [ Johnson ]

A world all sincere, a believing world; the like has been; the like will again be - cannot help being. [ Carlyle ]

Cheerfulness is also an excellent wearing quality. It has been called the bright weather of the heart. [ Samuel Smiles ]

Mankind in the gross is a gaping monster, that loves to be deceived, and has seldom been disappointed. [ Mackenzie ]

Commonsense has given to words their ordinary signification, and commonsense is the genius of mankind. [ Guizot ]

No man can learn what he has not preparation for learning, however near to his eyes the object may be. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

It is difficult for one who has enjoyed uninterrupted good fortune to have a due reverence for virtue. [ Cicero ]

Imagination has more charm in writing than in speaking: great wings must fold before entering a salon. [ Prince de Ligne ]

Experience to most men is like the stern-lights of a ship, which illumine only the track it has passed. [ Coleridge ]

No woman is so bad but we may rejoice when her heart thrills to love, for then God has her by the hand. [ J. M. Barrie ]

Willmott has very tersely said that embellished truths are the illuminated alphabet of larger children. [ Horace Mann ]

The devil must be very powerful, since the sacrifice of a god for men has not rendered them any better. [ Piron ]

The dower of great beauty has always been misfortune, since happiness and beauty do not agree together. [ Calderon ]

To most men experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illumine only the track it has passed. [ Coleridge ]

To the warning word no man has respect, only to the flattering and promising is his attention directed. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

There is luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves we feel no one else has a right to blame us. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

Except in knowing what it has to do and how to do it, the soul cannot resolve the riddle of its destiny. [ Ed ]

God has been pleased to prescribe limits to His own power, and to work out His ends within these limits. [ Paley ]

Resist beginnings: it is too late to employ medicine when the evil has grown strong by inveterate habit. [ Ovid ]

Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody, and to that person whatever he says has an enhanced value. [ Emerson ]

A fool who has a flash of wit creates astonishment and scandal, like a hack-horse setting out to gallop. [ Chamfort ]

The wretchedness which fate has rendered voiceless and tuneless is not the least wretched, but the most. [ Carlyle ]

The intellect has only one failing, which, to be sure, is a very considerable one. It has no conscience. [ Lowell ]

The premeditation of death is the premeditation of liberty; he who has learnt to die has forgot to serve. [ Montaigne ]

There are opinions which come from the heart, and whoever has no fixed opinions has no constant feelings. [ Joubert ]

The modern craze for bargains has often inflicted great hardships upon a certain class of humble toilers. [ Douglas ]

There is a sort of charm in ugliness, if the person has some redeeming qualities and is only ugly enough. [ H. W. Shaw ]

Let us love! let us enjoy the fugitive hour! Man has no harbor, time has no shores: it runs, and we pass! [ Lamartine ]

No man has yet discovered the means of giving successfully friendly advice to women - not even to his own. [ Balzac ]

Neither can the wave which has passed by be again recalled, nor can the hour which has passed ever return. [ Ovid ]

The truth we need is only lightly veiled, not deeply buried by the wise hand which has designed it for us. [ Gellert ]

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which by has. [ Epictetus ]

God has promised forgiveness to your repentance; but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination. [ St. Augustine ]

Individuals may deceive and be deceived; no one has deceived every one, and every one has deceived no one. [ Bonhours ]

Were wisdom to be sold, she would give no price; every man is satisfied with the share he has from nature. [ Henry Home ]

Can we be unsafe where God has placed us, and where He watches over us, as a parent a child that he loves? [ Fenelon ]

That man has advanced far in the study of morals who has mastered the difference between pride and vanity. [ Chamfort ]

Science has been seriously retarded by the study of what is not worth knowing and of what is not knowable. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Nature has said to woman: Be fair if thou canst, be virtuous if thou wilt; but, considerate, thou must be. [ Beaumarchais ]

No man is ever good for much who has not been carried off his feet by enthusiasm between twenty and thirty. [ Froude ]

It is an art without art, which has its beginning in falsehood, its middle in toil, and its end in poverty. [ From the Latin ]

Every man has three characters: that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has. [ A. Karr ]

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant. [ Horace ]

The heart needs not for its heaven much space, nor many stars therein, if only the star of love has arisen. [ Jean Paul ]

He who has published an injurious book sins in his very grave, corrupts others while he is rotting himself. [ South ]

The happiest man is he, who being above the troubles which money brings, has his hands the fullest of Work. [ Anthony Trollope ]

A lover who is no longer loved is still good for something: he serves to hide the one who has replaced him.

No man has a claim to credit upon his own word, when better evidence, if he had it, may be easily produced. [ Johnson ]

Every man has something to do which he neglects; every man has faults to conquer which he delays to combat. [ Dr. Johnson ]

Every step of progress which the world has made has been from scaffold to scaffold and from stake to stake. [ Wendell Phillips ]

Beauty has no lustre except when it gleams through the crystal web that purity's fine fingers weave for it. [ Maturin ]

Having the will to win is not enough. Everyone has that. What matters is having the will to prepare to win. [ Bobby Knight, The Power of Negative Thinking: An Unconventional Approach to Achieving Positive Results ]

We cannot fashion our children after our fancy. We must have them and love them as God has given them to us. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

We cannot all serve our country in the same way, but each may do his best, according as God has endowed him. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

He who climbs above the cares of this world and turns his face to his God, has found the sunny side of life. [ Spurgeon ]

Let us enjoy the fugitive hour. Man Bias no harbor, time has no shore; it rushes on, and carries us with it. [ Lamartine ]

Who can speak broader than he that has no house to put his head in? - Such may rail against great buildings. [ William Shakespeare ]

Human reason has so little confidence in itself that it always looks for a precedent to justify its decrees. [ De Finod ]

He that at twenty is not, at thirty knows not, and at forty has not, will never either be, or know, or have. [ Italian Proverb ]

Pleasure has its time; so, too, has wisdom. Make love in thy youth, and in old age, attend to thy salvation. [ Voltaire ]

A hermit who has been shut up in his cell in a college has contracted a sort of mould and rust upon his soul. [ Dr. Watts ]

My opinion, my conviction, gains infinitely in strength and sureness the moment a second mind has adopted it. [ Novalis ]

The too good opinion man has of himself is the nursing-mother of all false opinions, both public and private. [ Montaigne ]

To a father who loves his children victory has no charms. When the heart speaks, glory itself is an illusion. [ Napoleon I ]

He is the greatest artist who has embodied in the sum of his works the greatest number of the greatest ideas. [ John Ruskin ]

He who knows what it is to enjoy God will dread His loss; he who has seen His face will fear to see His back. [ Richard Alleine ]

There is nothing more tiresome than the conversation of a lover who has nothing to desire, and nothing to fear. [ Mme. de Sartory ]

The only difference between a saint and a sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

He has lost his arms and deserted the cause of virtue who is ever eager and engrossed in increasing his wealth. [ Horace ]

Thou art not required to search into the nature of God, but into the nature of the beings which he has created. [ Rückert ]

Public opinion, though often formed upon a wrong basis, yet generally has a strong underlying sense of justice. [ Abraham Lincoln ]

The term of man's life is half wasted before he has done with his mistakes and begins to profit by his lessons. [ Jane Taylor ]

If you want your neighbor to know what the Christ spirit will do for him, let him see what it has done for you. [ Henry Ward Beecher ]

Give me a chance, says Stupid, and I will show you. Ten to one he has had his chance already, and neglected it. [ Haliburton ]

To how many blockheads of my time has a cold and taciturn demeanor procured the credit of prudence and capacity! [ Montaigne ]

I have seen young ladies of twenty-five affecting a childish ingenuousness which has made me doubt their virtue.

Astronomy has revealed the great truth that the whole universe is bound together by one all-pervading influence. [ Leitch ]

Marriage has its unknown great men, as war has its Napoleons, poetry its Cheniers, and philosophy its Descartes. [ Balzac ]

There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realised until personal experience has brought it home. [ J. S. Mill ]

One who is contented with what he has done will never become famous for what he will do. He has lain down to die. [ C. N. Bovee ]

The most fruitful and elevating influence I have ever seemed to meet has been my impression of obligation to God. [ Daniel Webster ]

Every life has its actual blanks, which the ideal must fill up, or which else remain bare and profitless forever. [ Julia Ward Howe ]

There is no such way to attain to greater measures of grace, as for a man to live up to that little grace he has. [ Thomas Brooks ]

We see how much a man has, and therefore we envy him; did we see how little he enjoys, we should rather pity him. [ Seed ]

The poet's heart is an unlighted torch, which gives no help to his footsteps till love has touched it with flame. [ Lowell ]

All that mankind has done, thought, gained, or been, - it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books. [ Carlyle ]

Have a purpose is life, and having it, throw into your work such strength of mind and muscle as God has given you. [ Carlyle ]

Wood burns because it has the proper stuff in it; and a man becomes famous because he has the proper stuff in him. [ Goethe ]

Every man has in himself a continent of undiscovered character. Happy is he who acts the Columbus to his own soul. [ Sir J. Stevens ]

Commerce has set the mark of selfishness, the signet of all-enslaving power, upon a shining ore and called it gold. [ Shelley ]

Every man has a paradise around him till he sins, and the angel of an accusing conscience drives him from his Eden. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

Do not ask if a man has been through college. Ask if a college has been through him; if he is a walking university. [ Chapin ]

That philanthropy has surely a flaw in it which cannot sympathise with the oppressor equally as with the oppressed. [ Lowell ]

Poetry has given me the habit of wishing to discover the good and the beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me. [ Coleridge ]

It is in the heart that God has placed the genius of women, because the works of this genius are all works of love. [ Lamartine ]

Time knows not the weight of sleep or weariness, and night's deep darkness has no chain to bind his rushing pinion. [ George D. Prentice ]

When God has once begun to throw down the prosperous. He overthrows them altogether: such is the end of the mighty. [ Seneca ]

The happiest of pillows is not that which love first presses! it is that which death has frowned on and passed over. [ Landor ]

Give me the character and I will forecast the event. Character, it has in substance been said, is victory organized. [ Bovee ]

No man can possibly improve in any company for which he has not respect enough to be under some degree of restraint. [ Chesterfield ]

A woman, when she has passed forty, becomes an illegible scrawl; only an old woman is capable of divining old women. [ Balzac ]

Every person has two educations - one which he receives from others, and one more important, which he gives himself.

The man who has taken one wife deserves a crown of patience; the man who has taken two deserves two crowns of folly. [ Proverb ]

In the man whose childhood has known caresses there is always a fibre of memory that can be touched to gentle issues. [ George Eliot ]

Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness. He has a work, a life purpose. Labor is life. [ Carlyle ]

Thou hast not what others have, and others want what has been given thee; out of such defect springs good-fellowship. [ Gellert ]

A fellow who lives in a windmill has not a more whimsical dwelling than the heart of a man that is lodged in a woman. [ Congreve ]

Why, at this rate, a fellow that has but a groat in his pocket may have a stomach capable of a ten-shilling ordinary. [ Congreve ]

He who believes in goodness has the essence of all faith. He is a man of cheerful yesterdays and confident tomorrows. [ J. F. Clarke ]

As his wife has been given to man as his best half, so night is the half of life, and by far the better part of life. [ Goethe ]

To judge human character rightly, a man may sometimes have very small experience, provided he has a very large heart. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

Every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly until he knows that every day is Doomsday. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

An elegant writer has observed, that wit may do very well for a mistress, but that he should prefer reason for a wife. [ Colton ]

Every soul has a landscape that changes with the wind that sweeps the sky, with the clouds that return after its rain. [ George MacDonald ]

May I tell you why it seems to me a good thing for us to remember wrong that has been done us? That we may forgive it. [ Dickens ]

Oft have I thought - jabber as he will, how learned soever, man knows nothing but what he has learned from experience! [ Wieland ]

Enthusiasm gives life to what is invisible, and interest to what has no immediate action on our comfort in this world. [ Mme. de Staël ]

He that blows the coals in quarrels he has nothing to do with, has no right to complain if the sparks fly in his face. [ Ben. Franklin ]

Esteem has more engaging charms than friendship, and even love. It captivates hearts better, and never makes ingrates. [ Rochefoucauld ]

Man may go from aversion to love; but, when he has begun by loving, and has reached aversion, he never returns to love. [ Balzac ]

Nothing endears so much a friend as sorrow for his death. The pleasure of his company has not so powerful an influence. [ Hume ]

If eminent men whose history has been written could return to life, how they would laugh at what has been said of them. [ De Finod ]

Fortitude has its extremes as well as the rest of the virtues, and ought, like them, to be always attended by prudence. [ Voet ]

The cultivation of friendship with the great is pleasant to the inexperienced, but he who has experienced it dreads it. [ Horace ]

It is an impudent kind of sorcery to attempt to blind us with the smoke without convincing us that the fire has existed. [ Junius ]

There is nothing which one regards so much with an eye of mirth and pity as innocence when it has in it a dash of folly. [ Addison ]

Every one is the poorer in proportion as he has more wants, and counts not what he has, but wishes only what he has not. [ Manilius ]

Equality is not a law of nature. Nature has made no two things equal: its sovereign law is subordination and dependence. [ Vauvenargues ]

In our age of down-pulling and disbelief, the very devil has been pulled down; you cannot so much as believe in a devil. [ Carlyle ]

He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven. [ Edward Herbert ]

Who is nobody? The man who lives for self, who has no affection for his own kin, and who lives a living he and knows it. [ James Ellis ]

Many a genius has been slow of growth. Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring up into beauty like a reed. [ George Henry Lewes ]

Of all the possessions of this life fame is the noblest; when the body has sunk into the dust the great name still lives. [ Schiller ]

Ennui, perhaps, has made more gamblers than avarice, more drunkards than thirst, and perhaps as many suicides as despair. [ Colton ]

It is untrue that equality is a law of nature. Nature has no equality; its sovereign law is subordination and dependence. [ Vauvenargues ]

A happy home is the single spot of rest which a man has upon this earth for the cultivation of his noblest sensibilities. [ F. W. Robertson ]

Mystic, deep as the world's centre, are the roots a man has struck into his native soil; no tree that grows is rooted so. [ Carlyle ]

The charm of the past is that it is past, but women never know when the curtain has fallen. They always want a sixth act. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

We do not know of how much a man is capable if he has the will, and to what point he will raise himself if he feels free. [ J. von Muller ]

Learn a man's limitations. If you make him bite off more than he can chew, don't get mad at him if he has to spit it out. [ George Horace Lorimer ]

The mind has its arrangement: it proceeds from principles to demonstrations. The heart has a different mode of proceeding. [ Pascal ]

Ah! the youngest heart has the same waves within it as the oldest, but without the plummet which can measure their depths. [ Richter ]

Old age, especially an honored old age, has so great authority that this is of more value than all the pleasures of youth. [ Cicero ]

He who has no taste for order will be often wrong in his judgment, and seldom considerate or conscientious in his actions. [ Lavater ]

The turn of a sentence has decided the fate of many a friendship, and, for aught that we know, the fate of many a kingdom. [ Jeremy Bentham ]

Inexorable necessity has power over man; it has no dread of the immortals, who have houses in Olympus away from sad grief. [ Stoboeus ]

To hate a man for his errors is as unwise as to hate one who, in casting up an account, has made an error against himself. [ Robertson ]

When one has never heard a man's name in the course of one's life it speaks volumes for him; he must be quite respectable. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

Adversity is a great schoolmistress, as many a poor fellow knows that has whimpered over his lesson before her awful chair. [ Thackeray ]

The Omnipotent has sown His name on the heavens in glittering stars; but upon earth He planteth His name by tender flowers. [ Richter ]

Men are so constituted that everybody undertakes what he sees another successful in, whether he has aptitude for it or not. [ Goethe ]

The very gnarliest and hardest of hearts has some musical strings in it; but they are tuned differently in every one of us. [ Lowell ]

Wit is more necessary than beauty; and I think no young woman ugly that has it, and no handsome woman agreeable without it. [ Wycherley ]

The soul has, living apart from its corporeal envelope, a profound habitual meditation which prepares it for a future life. [ Hippel ]

God has put into the heart of man love and the boldness to sue, and into the heart of woman fear and the courage to refuse. [ Marguerite de Valois ]

Men live best upon a little; Nature has given to all the privilege of being happy, if they but knew how to use their gifts. [ Claudianus ]

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. [ Dickens ]

Life is rather a state of embryo, - a preparation for life. A man is not completely born until he has passed through death. [ Franklin ]

True repentance has a double aspect; it looks upon things past with a weeping eye, and upon the future with a watchful eye. [ South ]

Most people who commit a sin count on some personal benefit to be derived therefrom, but profanity has not even this excuse. [ Hosea Ballou ]

Pain is the deepest thing we have in our nature, and union through pain has always seemed more real and holy than any other. [ Hallam ]

Science is a good piece of furniture for a man to have in an upper chamber, provided he has commonsense on the ground floor. [ O. W. Holmes ]

Love silence rather than speech in these tragic days, when for very speaking the voice of man has fallen inarticulate to man. [ Carlyle ]

It is the greatest invention man has ever made, this of marking down the unseen thought that is in him by written characters. [ Carlyle ]

Who has a breast so pure but some uncleanly apprehensions keep leets and law-days and in session sit with meditations lawful? [ William Shakespeare ]

A nation, as an individual, has duties to fulfill appointed by God and Duty - the command of heaven, the eldest voice of God. [ Charles Kingsley ]

To regard the excesses of the passions as maladies has so salutary an effect that this idea renders all moral sermons useless. [ Boiste ]

Silence, silence; and be distant, ye profane, with your jargonings and superficial babblements, when a man has anything to do. [ Carlyle ]

That is true beauty which has not only a substance, but a spirit; a beauty that we must intimately know, justly to appreciate. [ Colton ]

Duty speaks with the lawful authority of many voices; pleasure has no strength except in the longing desire of the hungry unit. [ Edith Simcox ]

The use of tobacco, more especially in smoking, disposes to idleness, and idleness has been considered as the root of all evil. [ Benjamin Rush M.D ]

Love is everything; love is the great fact. What matters the lover? What matters the flagon, provided one has the intoxication? [ A. de Musset ]

The freedom of a government does not depend upon the quality of its laws, but upon the power that has the right to create them. [ Thaddeus Stevens ]

The law is a pretty bird, and has charming wings. It would be quite a bird of paradise if it did not carry such a terrible bill. [ Douglas Jerrold ]

After a man has sown his wild oats in the years of his youth, he has still every year to get over a few weeks and days of folly. [ Richter ]

Good poetry has a lot in common with good copy. A poem evokes vivid images and strong emotions through very careful word choice. [ Kathy Kleidermacher, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Copywriter's Words And Phrases ]

Happy the man to whom Heaven has given a morsel of bread without his being obliged to thank any other for it than Heaven itself. [ Cervantes ]

Nothing has wrought more prejudice to religion, or brought more disparagement upon truth, than boisterous and unseasonable zeal. [ Barrow ]

The fact that God has prohibited despair gives misfortune the right to hope all things, and leaves hope free to dare all things. [ Madame Swetchine ]

Every man has some peculiar train of thought which he falls back upon when he is alone. This, to a great degree, moulds the man. [ Dugald Stewart ]

Wealth, after all, is a relative thing, since he that has little, and wants less, is richer than he that has much but wants more. [ Colton ]

Great souls forgive not injuries till time has put their enemies within their power, that they may show forgiveness is their own. [ John Dryden ]

It has always struck me that there is a far greater distinction between man and man than between many men and most other animals. [ Basil Hall ]

The more honesty a man has, the less he affects the air of a saint. The affectation of sanctity is a blotch on the face of piety. [ Lavater ]

Voltaire inscribed on a statue of Love: Whoever thou art, behold thy master! He rules thee, or has ruled thee, or will rule thee!

We must be diligent in our particular calling and charge, in that province and station which God has appointed us, whatever it be. [ Tillotson ]

Labor in this country is independent and proud. It has not to ask the patronage of capital, but capital solicits the aid of labor. [ Daniel Webster ]

Some kind of pace may be got out of the veriest jade by the near prospect of oats; but the thoroughbred has the spur in his blood. [ Lowell ]

The highest exercise of invention has nothing to do with fiction; but is an invention of new truth, what we can call a revelation. [ Carlyle ]

The philosopher is he to whom the highest has descended, and the lowest has mounted up; who is the equal and kindly brother of all. [ Carlyle ]

The man who has nothing to boast of but his illustrious ancestry is like a potato, - the only good belonging to him is underground. [ Sir Thomas Overbury ]

A wise man in the company of those who are ignorant has been compared by the sages to a beautiful girl in the company of blind men. [ Saadi ]

Art, as far as it has ability, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master, thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild. [ Dante ]

Unsuccessful emulation is too apt to sink into envy, which of all sins has not even the excuse to offer of temporary gratification. [ Sydney Dobell ]

Man has here two and a half minutes, - one to smile, one to sigh, and half of one to love; for in the midst of this minute he dies. [ Richter ]

Before a leaf-bud has burst, its whole life acts; in the full-blown flower there is no more; in the leafless root there is no less. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Fickleness has its rise in the experience of the deceptiveness of present pleasures, and in ignorance of the vanity of absent ones. [ Pascal ]

There are moments of intense joy and grief, which every one has, at least, once in his life, that illuminate his character at once. [ Lavater ]

The soul is like the sun, which, to our eyes, seems to set in night; but it has in reality only gone to diffuse its light elsewhere. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Every period of life has its peculiar prejudices; whoever saw old age, that did not applaud the past, and condemn the present times? [ Montaigne ]

Love never reasons, but profusely gives--gives, like a thoughtless prodigal, its all, and trembles then lest it has done too little. [ Hannah More ]

There are no pleasures where women are not; and with the French, champagne itself has no flavor, unless served by the hand of beauty. [ Romieu ]

No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence. [ Carlyle ]

The lust of avarice has so totally seized upon mankind that their wealth seems rather to possess them than they possess their wealth. [ Pliny ]

There are cloudy days for the mind as well as for the world, and the man who has the most genius is twenty times a day in the clouds. [ Beaumelle ]

People are not aware of the very great force which pleasantry in company has upon all those with whom a man of that talent converses. [ Steele ]

Covetousness, by a greediness of getting more, deprives itself of the true end of getting; it loses the enjoyment of what it has got. [ Sprat ]

Dead is she? No; rather let us call ourselves dead, who tire so soon in the service of the Master whom she has gone to serve forever. [ W. S. Smart ]

Ridicule has ever been the most powerful enemy of enthusiasm, and properly the only antagonist that can be opposed to it with success. [ Goldsmith ]

Literature has her quacks no less than medicine: those who have erudition without genius, and those who have volubility without depth. [ Colton ]

In the history of man it has been very generally the case that when evils have grown insufferable they have touched the point of cure. [ Chapin ]

What the poet has to cultivate above all things is love and truth; - what he has to avoid, like poison, is the fleeting and the false. [ Leigh Hunt ]

Familiarity is a suspension of almost all the laws of civility which libertinism has introduced into society under the notion of ease. [ La Roche ]

He that is sensible of no evil but what he feels, has a hard heart; and he that can spare no kindness from himself, has a narrow soul. [ Collier ]

What has become of those personages who made so much noise in the world? Time has made one step, and the face of the earth is renewed. [ Chateaubriand ]

Great minds do indeed react on the society which has made them what they are; but they only pay with interest what they have received. [ Macaulay ]

It is indeed the boundary of life, beyond which we are not to pass; which the law of nature has pitched for a limit not to be exceeded. [ Montaigne ]

Genius is always a surprise, but it is born with great advantages when the stock from which it springs has been long under cultivation. [ Oliver Wendell Holmes ]

No man can live half a life when he has genuinely learned that it is only half a life. The other half, the higher half, must haunt him. [ Philips Brooks ]

The power of duly appreciating little things belongs to a great mind; a narrow-minded man has it not, for to him they are great things. [ Whately ]

Sleep is no servant of the will; it has caprices of its own: when courted most, it lingers still; when most pursued, 'tis swiftly gone. [ Bowring ]

An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person. [ Addison ]

Only when the voice of duty is silent, or when it has already spoken, may we allowably think of the consequences of a particular action. [ Hare ]

The strongest love which the human heart has ever felt has been that for its Heavenly Parent. Was it not then constituted for this love? [ W. E. Channing ]

You know the Ark of Israel and the calf of Belial were both made of gold. Religion has never yet changed the metal of her one adoration. [ Ouida ]

The hapless wit has his labors always to begin, the call of novelty is never satisfied, and one jest only raises expectation of another. [ Samuel Johnson ]

Wood burns because it has the proper stuff for that purpose in it; and a man becomes renowned because he has the necessary stuff in him.

The more mysterious love is, the more strength it has; the more it is secret, the more it increases; the more hidden, the plainer shown. [ Mme. de Sartory ]

If the profession you have chosen has some unexpected inconveniences, console yourself by reflecting that no profession is without them. [ Johnson ]

To remain virtuous, a man has only to combat his own desires: a woman must resist her own inclinations, and the continual attack of man. [ Latena ]

You will find angling to be like the virtue of humility, which has a calmness of spirit and a world of other blessings attending upon it. [ Izaac Walton ]

No book is worth anything which is not worth much; nor is it serviceable until it has been read, and re-read, and loved, and loved again. [ John Ruskin ]

I like books. I was born and bred among them, and have the easy feeling when I get in their presence, that a stable-boy has among horses. [ O. W. Holmes ]

Fortune, to show us her power in all things, and to abate our presumption, seeing she could not make fools wise, has made them fortunate. [ Montaigne ]

The most lucrative commerce has ever been that of hope, pleasure, and happiness: it is the commerce of authors, women, priests, and kings. [ Mme. Roland ]

Necessity, oftener than facility, has been the mother of invention; and the most prolific school of all has been the school of difficulty. [ Samuel Smiles ]

It has long seemed to me that it would be more honorable to our ancestors to praise them in words less, but in deeds to imitate them more. [ Horace Mann ]

A strong soil that has produced weeds may be made to produce wheat with far less difficulty than it would cost to make it produce nothing. [ Colton ]

Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. [ Ben. Franklin ]

He that lends an easy and credulous ear to calumny is either a man of very ill morals or has no more sense and understanding than a child. [ Menander ]

Before wondering at the degradation of a soul, one should know what blows it has received, and what it has suffered from its own grandeur. [ Mme. Louise Colet ]

A woman who has not seen her lover for the whole day considers that day lost for her: the tenderest of men considers it only lost for love. [ Mme. de Salm ]

Pride, like the magnet, constantly points to one object, self; but, unlike the magnet, it has no attractive pole, but at all points repels. [ Colton ]

Scientific truth is marvellous, but moral truth is divine; and whoever breathes its air and walks by its light has found the lost paradise. [ Horace Mann ]

When one is five-and-twenty, one has not chalkstones at one's finger-ends that the touch of a handsome girl should be entirely indifferent. [ George Eliot ]

However old a conjugal union, it still garners some sweetness. Winter has some cloudless days, and under the snow some flowers still bloom. [ Mme. de Stael ]

However old a conjugal union, it still gamers some sweetness. Winter has some cloudless days, and under the snow a few flowers still bloom. [ Mme. de Stael ]

Every school boy and school girl who has arrived at the age of reflection ought to know something about the history of the art of printing. [ Horace Mann ]

Happiness has no limits, because God has neither bottom nor bounds, and because happiness is nothing; but the conquest of God through love. [ Amiel ]

When a man has been guilty of any vice or folly, I think the best atonement he can make for it is to warn others not to fall into the like. [ Addison ]

Many a wretch has rid on a hurdle who has done less mischief than utterers of forged tales, coiners of scandal, and clippers of reputation. [ Sheridan ]

It is the vain endeavour to make ourselves what we are not that has strewn history with so many broken purposes and lives left in the rough. [ Lowell ]

The love of woman is a precious treasure. Tenderness has no deeper source, devotion no purer shrine, sacrifice no more saintlike abnegation. [ Saint-Foix ]

Beautiful is Peace! A lovely boy lies he reclining by a quiet rill. But war too has its honour, the promoter as it is of the destiny of man. [ Friedrich Schiller ]

Nature has given to women fortitude enough to resist a certain time, but not enough to resist completely the inclination which they cherish. [ Dorat ]

No greater misfortune can befall a man than to be the victim of an idea which has no hold on his life, still more which detaches him from it. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

There is a better thing than the great man who is always speaking, and that is the great man who only speaks when he has a great word to say. [ William Winter ]

Nothing is so embarrassing as the first tête-à-tête when there is everything to say, unless it be the last, when everything has been said. [ N. Roqueplan ]

You know what would make a good story? Something about a clown who make people happy, but inside he's real sad. Also, he has severe diarrhea. [ Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts ]

Secrecy has many advantages, for when you tell a man at once and straightforward the purpose of any object, he fancies there's nothing in it. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

There has never been a great or beautiful character which has not become so by filling well the ordinary and smaller offices appointed by God. [ Horace Bushnell ]

Paradise is open to all kind hearts. God welcomes whoever has dried tears, either under the crown of the martyrs, or under wreaths of flowers. [ Beranger ]

Poetry is something to make us wiser and better by continually revealing those types of beauty and truth which God has set in all men's souls. [ Lowell ]

The art of declamation has been sinking in value from the moment that speakers were foolish enough to publish, and hearers wise enough to read. [ Colton ]

Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life, [ Marcus Aurelius ]

A certain tendency to insanity has always attended the opening of the religious sense in men, as if they had been blasted with excess of light. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

It is to teach us early in life how to think, and to excite our infantile imagination, that prudent Nature has given to women so much chit-chat. [ La Bruyere ]

What matters it that a soldier has a sword of dazzling finish, of the keenest edge, and finest temper, if he has never learned the art of fence. [ William Matthews ]

In all instances where our experience of the past has been extensive and uniform, our judgment concerning the future amounts to moral certainty. [ Beattie ]

We may wager that any idea of the public, or any general opinion, is a folly, since it has received the approbation of a majority of the people. [ Chamfort ]

One couldn't carry on life comfortably without a little blindness to the fact that everything has been said better than we can put it ourselves. [ George Eliot ]

The bold defiance of a woman is the certain sign of her shame, - when she has once ceased to blush, it is because she has too much to blush for. [ Talleyrand ]

A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise shall give no peace. [ Emerson ]

Evil is a far more cunning and persevering propagandist than good, for it has no inward strength, and is driven to seek countenance and sympathy. [ Lowell ]

The power of words is immense. A well-chosen word has often sufficed to stop a flying army, to change defeat into victory, and to save an empire. [ E. de Girardin ]

When a man has once forfeited the reputation of his integrity, he is set fast; and nothing will then serve his turn, neither truth nor falsehood. [ Tillotson ]

Nature has directly formed woman to be a mother, only indirectly to be a wife; man, on the contrary, is rather made to be a husband than a father. [ Jean Paul ]

The most difficult thing in all works of art is to make that which has been most highly elaborated appear as if it had not been elaborated at all. [ Winkelmann ]

The more weakness the more falsehood; strength goes straight; every cannon-ball that has in it hollows and holes goes crooked; weaklings must lie. [ Richter ]

The oppression of any people for opinion's sake has rarely had any other effect than to fix those opinions deeper, and render them more important. [ Hosea Ballou ]

The diamond has been always esteemed the rarest stone, and the most precious of all; among the ancients it was called the stone of reconciliation. [ Lewis Vertoman ]

In our natural body every part has a necessary sympathy with every other; and all together form, by their harmonious conspiration, a healthy whole. [ Sir W. Hamilton ]

No; creation, one would think, cannot be easy; your Jove has severe pains, and fire flames, in the head out of which an armed Pallas is struggling. [ Carlyle ]

He who has done the best he can, has a right to be as happy in the hope of ultimate triumph as though he was already enthroned amidst that triumph. [ Newell Dwight Hillis ]

If a man has a right to be proud of anything, it is of a good action done as it ought to be, without any base interest lurking at the bottom of it. [ Sterne ]

God is the only being who has time enough; but a prudent man, who knows how to seize occasion, can commonly make a shift to find as much as he needs. [ Lowell ]

He is ungrateful who denies a benefit; he is ungrateful who hides it; he is ungrateful who does not return it; he, most of all, who has forgotten it. [ Seneca ]

One loves because he loves: this explanation is, as yet, the most serious and the most decisive that has been found for the solution of this problem.

The misuse of words in this literature of ungoverned or ungovernable sensibility has become so general as to threaten the validity of all definitions. [ E. P. Whipple ]

Praise has different effects, according to the mind it meets with; it makes a wise man modest, but a fool more arrogant, turning his weak brain giddy. [ Feltham ]

The royal navy of England has ever been its greatest defence and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength; the floating bulwark of the island. [ Sir Wm. Blackstone ]

Jealousy is a painful passion; yet without some share of it, the agreeable affection of love has difficulty to subsist in its full force and violence. [ Hume ]

Literature positively has other aims than this of amusing from hour to hour; nay, perhaps this, glorious as it may be, is not its highest or true aim. [ Carlyle ]

It is in periods of apparent disaster, during the sufferings of whole generations, that the greatest improvement in human character has been effected. [ Sir A. Alison ]

To him whose soul is more than ordinarily divine, and who has the gift of uttering lofty thoughts, you may justly concede the honourable title of poet. [ Horace ]

A brave man thinks no one his superior who does him an injury: for he has it then in his power to make himself his superior to the other by forgiveness. [ Drummond ]

Fear is an instructor of great sagacity, and the herald of all revolutions. It has boded, and mowed, and gibbered for ages over government and property. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Every great example of punishment has in it some tincture of injustice, but the wrong to individuals is compensated by the promotion of the public good. [ Tac ]

The living together for three long, rainy days in the country has done more to dispel love than all the perfidies in love that have ever been committed. [ Arthur Helps ]

No woman, plain or pretty, has any commonsense at all. Common-sense is the privilege of our sex and we men are so self-sacrificing that we never use it. [ Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband ]

Man is not born to solve the problem of the universe; but to find out what he has to do, and to restrain himself within the limits of his comprehension.

His last day places man in the same state as he was before he was born; nor after death has the body or soul any more feeling than they had before birth. [ Pliny the Elder ]

Pride is like the beautiful acacia, that lifts its bead proudly above its neighbor plants - forgetting that it too, like them, has its roots in the dirt. [ Bovee ]

A leveller has long ago been set down as a ridiculous and chimerical being, who, if he could finish his work today, would have to begin it again tomorrow. [ Colton ]

God has scattered several degrees of pleasure and pain in all the things that environ and affect us, and blended them together in almost all our thoughts. [ Locke ]

No earnest thinker is a plagiarist pure and simple. He will never borrow from others that which he has not already, more or less, thought out for himself. [ C. Kingsley ]

The faults of the superior man are like the eclipses of the sun and moon. He has his faults, and all men see them; he changes, and all men look up to him. [ Confucius ]

God has made an unerring law for His whole creation, upon principles which, so far as we now know, can never he understood without the aid of mathematics. [ E. D. Mansfield ]

He who is always in a hurry to be wealthy and immersed in the study of augmenting his fortune has lost the arms of reason and deserted the post of virtue. [ Horace ]

When the dust of death has choked a great man's voice, the common words he said turn oracles, the common thoughts he yoked like horses draw like griffins. [ Mrs. Browning ]

Music, of all the liberal arts, has the greatest influence over the passions, and is that to which the legislator ought to give the greatest encouragement. [ Napoleon I ]

Before Greece, every thing in human literature and art was a rude and imperfect attempt. Since Greece, every thing has been a rude and imperfect imitation. [ James Freeman Clarke ]

A well-cultivated mind is, so to speak, made up of all the minds of preceding ages; it is only one single mind which has been educated during all this time. [ Fontenelle ]

The sea drowns out humanity and time. It has no sympathy with either, for it belongs to eternity; and of that it sings its monotonous song forever and ever. [ O. W. Holmes ]

We must prune it with care, so as only to remove the redundant branches, and not injure the stem, which has its root in the generous sensitiveness to shame. [ Plutarch ]

As music has been the tardiest of arts to make its way through the great world, so it is peculiarly the tardiest of arts to make its way into a new country. [ T. Tilton ]

Cheerfulness is the daughter of employment; and I have known a man come home in high spirits from a funeral, merely because he has had the management of it. [ Dr. Horne ]

The soul moralises the past in order not to be demoralised by it, and finds in the crucible of experience only the gold that she herself has poured into it. [ Amiel ]

The law of perseverance is among the deepest in man; by nature he hates change; seldom will he quit his old house till it has actually fallen about his ears. [ Carlyle ]

To be able simply to say of a man he has character, is not only saying much of him, but extolling him; for this is a rarity which excites respect and wonder. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

We live only on debris; instead of despair, we have indifference; love itself is treated as an ancient illusion. Where has the soul of the world taken refuge? [ Mme. Louise Colet ]

Happy is the man who can endure the highest and the lowest fortune. He who has endured such vicissitudes with equanimity has deprived misfortune of its power. [ Seneca ]

In those countries where the morals are the most dissolute, the language is the most severe; as if they would replace on the lips what has deserted the heart. [ Voltaire ]

When a man dies, they who survive him ask what property he has left behind. The angel who bends over the dying man asks what good deeds he has sent before him. [ Koran ]

There is no work of genius which has not been the delight of mankind, no word of genius to which the human heart and soul have not, sooner or later, responded. [ Lowell ]

The land of marriage has this peculiarity: that strangers are desirous of inhabiting it, while its natural inhabitants would willingly be banished from thence. [ Montaigne ]

In order that a love-letter may be what it should be, one should begin it without knowing what he is going to say, and end it without knowing what he has said. [ Raison ]

Jealousy is said to be the offspring of love. Yet, unless the parent makes haste to strangle the child, the child will not rest till it has poisoned the parent. [ J. C. and A. W. Hare ]

Atheism is a system which can communicate neither warmth nor illumination, except from those fagots which your mistaken zeal has lighted up for its destruction. [ Colton ]

Nothing lives in literature but that which has in it the vitality of the creative art; and it would be safe advice to the young to read nothing but what is old. [ K P. Whipple ]

He that waits for repentance waits for that which cannot be had as long as it is waited for. It is absurd for a man to wait for that which he himself has to do. [ Nevins ]

Many sacrifices have been made just to enjoy the feeling of vengeance, without any intention of causing an amount of injury equivalent to what one has suffered. [ Arthur Schopenhauer ]

It is only the coward who reproaches as a dishonor the love a woman has cherished for him, since she can not retaliate by making a dishonor of his love for her. [ Mme. de Lambert ]

Love has a way of cheating itself consciously, like a child who plays at solitary hide-and-seek; it is pleased with assurances that it all the while disbelieves. [ George Eliot ]

Every reader reads himself out of the book that he reads; nay, has he a strong mind, reads himself into the book, and amalgamates his thoughts with the author's. [ Goethe ]

He that loves reading has everything within his reach. He has but to desire, and he may possess himself of every species of wisdom to judge and power to perform. [ William Godwin ]

Which of us that is thirty years old has not had his Pompeii? Deep under ashes lie life, youth, the careless sports, the pleasures and passions, the darling joy. [ William M. Thackeray ]

Greatness, in any period and under any circumstances, has always been rare. It is of elemental birth, and is independent alike of its time and its circumstances. [ W. Winter ]

Poetry has been to me its own exceeding great reward; it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the good and beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me. [ S. T. Coleridge ]

It is always considered as a piece of impertinence in England, if a man of less than two or three thousand a year has any opinion at all upon important subjects. [ Sydney Smith ]

Friendship has the skill and observation of the best physician, the diligence and vigilance of the best nurse, and the tenderness and patience of the best mother. [ Earl of Clarendon ]

No man will harbor any fear of degradation in the ranks of literature, because he has devoted his portion of ability and learning to the drudgery of a dictionary. [ C. Richardson ]

Adverse fortune seldom spares men of the noblest virtues. No one can with safety expose himself often to dangers. The man who has often escaped is at last caught. [ Seneca ]

Education, indeed, has made the fondness for fine things next to natural; the corals and bells teach infants on the breasts to be delighted with sound and glitter. [ H. Brooke ]

Music is the art of the prophets, the only art that can calm the agitation of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us. [ M. Luther ]

The prodigality of women has reached such proportions that one must be wealthy to have one for himself: we have no other resource than to love the wives of others. [ A. Karr ]

A weak mind sinks under prosperity as well as under adversity. A strong and deep one has two highest tides, when the moon is at the full, and when there is no moon. [ Hare ]

The mother of useful arts is necessity; that of the fine arts is luxury. For father, the former has intellect; the latter, genius, which itself is a kind of luxury. [ Schopenhauer ]

Wise sayings are the guiding oracles which man has found out for himself in that great business of ours, of learning how to be, to do, to do without, and to depart. [ John Morley ]

A man does not wonder at what he sees frequently, even though he be ignorant of the reason. If anything happens which he has not seen before, he calls it a prodigy. [ Cicero ]

Praise is the best auxiliary to prayer; and he who most bears in mind what has been done for him by God will be most emboldened to supplicate fresh gifts from above. [ Henry Melvill ]

The all importance of clothes has sprung up in the intellect of the dandy without effort, like an instinct of genius; he is inspired with clothes, a poet of clothes. [ Carlyle ]

If the deepest and best affections which God has given us sometimes brood over the heart like doves of peace, - they sometimes suck out our life-blood like vampires. [ Mrs. Jameson ]

It is a high, solemn, almost awful thought for every individual man, that his earthly influence, which has a commencement, will never, through all ages, have an end. [ Aughey ]

Love delights in paradoxes. Saddest when it has most reason to be gay, sighs are the signs of its deepest joy, and silence the expression of its yearning tenderness. [ Bovee ]

Who in the same given time can produce more than many others, has vigor; who can produce more and better, has talents; who can produce what none else can, has genius. [ Lavater ]

The history of woman is the history of the worst form of tyranny the world has ever known: the tyranny of the weak over the strong. It is the only tyranny that lasts. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

Jupiter has laid two wallets on us; he has placed one behind our backs filled with our own faults, and has hung another before, heavy with the faults of other people. [ Phaedr ]

The misfortune is that when man has found honey, he enters upon the feast with an appetite so voracious that he usually destroys his own delight by excess and satiety. [ Knox ]

By gold all good faith has been banished; by gold our rights are abused: the law itself is influenced by gold, and soon there will be an end of every modest restraint. [ Propertius ]

When you hear that your neighbour has picked up a purse of gold in the street, never run out into the same street, looking about you, in order to pick up such another. [ Goldsmith ]

The way out of our narrowness may not be so easy as the way in. The weasel that creeps into the corn-bin has to starve himself before he can leave by the same passage. [ Bartol ]

I am told so many ill things of a man, and I see so few in him, that I begin to suspect he has a real but troublesome merit, as being likely to eclipse that of others. [ Bruyere ]

Genius does not seem to derive any great support from syllogisms. Its carriage is free; its manner has a touch of inspiration. We see it come, but we never see it walk. [ Count de Maistre ]

Occasionally a single anecdote opens a character: biography has its comparative anatomy, and a saying or a sentiment enables the skilful hand to construct the skeleton. [ Willmott ]

Mannerism is always longing to have done, and has no true enjoyment in work. A genuine, really great talent, on the other hand, has its greatest happiness in execution. [ Goethe ]

It is a fact capable of amiable interpretation that ladies are not the worst disposed towards a new acquaintance of their own sex, because she has points of inferiority. [ George Eliot ]

It is delightful to transport one's self into the spirit of the past, to see how a wise man has thought before us, and to what a glorious height we have at last reached. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

God has given us wit and flavour, and brightness and laughter, and perfumes to enliven the days of man's pilgrimage, and to charm his pained steps over the burning marl. [ Sydney Smith ]

Earth has one angel less, and heaven one more since yesterday. Already, kneeling at the throne, she has received her welcome, and is resting on the bosom of her Saviour. [ Hawthorne ]

In books lies the soul of the whole Past Time; the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream. [ Carlyle ]

Is it not a thing divine to have a smile which, none know how, has the power to lighten the weight of that enormous chain which all the living in common drag behind them? [ Victor Hugo ]

If thou expect death as a friend, prepare to entertain it; if thou expect death as an enemy, prepare to overcome it; death has no advantage, but when it comes a stranger. [ Quarles ]

There is no employment in the world so laborious as that of making to one's self a great name; life ends before one has scarcely made the first rough draught of his work. [ Bruyere ]

Opportunity has hair in front; behind she is bald. If you seize her by the forelock, you may hold her; but if suffered to escape, not Jupiter himself can catch her again. [ Seneca ]

The truly great are to be found everywhere; nor is it easy to say in what condition they spring up most plentifully. Real greatness has nothing to do with a man's sphere. [ William Ellery Channing ]

There is a patience that cackles. There are a great many virtues that are hen-like. They are virtues to be sure; but everybody in the neighborhood has to know about them. [ Beecher ]

Neglect is enough to ruin a man; a man who is in business need not commit forgery or robbery to ruin himself; he has only to neglect his business, and his ruin is certain. [ A. Barnes ]

Parsimony is enough to make the master of the golden mines as poor as he that has nothing; for a man may be brought to a morsel of bread by parsimony as well as profusion. [ Henry Home ]

When a man speaks the truth in the spirit of truth, his eye is as clear as the heavens. When he has base ends, and speaks falsely, the eye is muddy, and sometimes asquint. [ Emerson ]

O future ages, what will be your fate? Glory, like a shadow, has returned to heaven; Love no longer exists; life is devastated; and man, left alone, believes but in Death. [ A. de Musset ]

Time is but the measure of the difficulty of a conception. Pure thought has scarcely any need of time, since it perceives the two ends of an idea almost at the same moment. [ Amiel ]

Nothing so uncertain as general reputation. A man injures me from humor, passion, or interest; hates me because he has injured me; and speaks ill of me because he hates me. [ Henry Home ]

Let me have men about me that are fat; sleek-headed men, and such as sleep o' nights; yonder Cassius has a lean and hungry look; he thinks too much; such men are dangerous. [ William Shakespeare ]

The poet in prose or verse - the creator - can only stamp his images forcibly on the page in proportion as he has forcibly felt, ardently nursed, and long brooded over them. [ Bulwer-Lytton ]

There is more or less of pathos in all true beauty. The delight it awakens has an indefinable, and, as it were, luxurious sadness, which is perhaps one element of its might. [ Tuckerman ]

Force, force, everywhere force; we ourselves a mysterious force in the center of that. There is not a leaf rotting on the highway but has force in it; how else could it rot? [ Carlyle ]

Every street has two sides, the shady side and the sunny. When two men shake hands and part, mark which of the two takes the sunny side; he will be the younger man of the two. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

Unwillingness to acknowledge whatever is good in religion foreign to our own has always been a very common trait of human nature; but it seems to me neither generous nor just. [ Mrs. L. M. Child ]

Hypocrisy of manners, a vice peculiar to modern nations, has contributed more than one thinks to destroy that energy of character which distinguished the nations of antiquity. [ Condorcet ]

Many a man who has never been able to manage his own fortune, nor his wife, nor his children, has the stupidity to imagine himself capable of managing the affairs of a nation.

But the sublime, when it is introduced at a seasonable moment, has often carried all before it with the rapidity of lightning, and shown at a glance the mighty power of genius. [ Longinus ]

What gunpowder did for war, the printing-press has done for the mind; and the statesman is no longer clad in the steel of special education, but every reading man is his judge. [ Wendell Phillips ]

Nature has given to each one all that as a man he needs, which it is the business of education to develop, if, as most frequently happens, it does not develop better of itself. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

He has verily touched our hearts as with a live coal from the altar who in any way brings home to our heart the noble doings, feelings, darings, and endurances of a brother man. [ Carlyle ]

To him who has thought, or done, or suffered much, the level days of his childhood seem at an immeasurable distance, far off as the age of chivalry, or as the line of Sesostris. [ Talfourd ]

The domestic man who loves no music so well as his own kitchen clock and the airs which the logs sing to him as they burn on the hearth, has solaces which others never dream of. [ Woodworth ]

He has his Rome, his Florence, his whole glowing Italy, within the four walls of his library. He has in his books the ruins of an antique world, and the glories of a modern one. [ Longfellow ]

Sympathy is the first great lesson which man should learn.... Unless he learns to feel for things in which he has no personal interest, he can achieve nothing generous or noble. [ Talfourd ]

Rich apparel has strange virtues; it makes him that hath it without means esteemed for an excellent wit; he that enjoys it with means puts the world in remembrance of his means. [ Ben Jonson ]

A misanthrope was told of a young friend of his: Your friend has no experience of the world; he knows nothing about it. True; but he is already as sad as if he knew all about it.

Try to be happy in this present moment, and put not off being so to a time to come, - as though that time should be of another make from this, which has already come and is ours. [ Fuller ]

A nickname a man may chance to wear out; but a system of calumny, pursued by a faction, may descend even to posterity. This principle has taken full effect on this state favorite. [ Isaac Disraeli ]

I do not know in the whole history of the world a hero, a worthy man, a prophet, a true Christian, who has not been the victim of the jealous, of a scamp, or of a sinister spirit. [ Voltaire ]

Laziness grows on people; it begins in cobwebs, and ends in iron chains. The more business a man has to do, the more he is able to accomplish, for he learns to economize his time. [ Judge Hale ]

The man who has learned to triumph over sorrow wears his miseries as though they were sacred fillets upon his brow; and nothing is so entirely admirable as a man bravely wretched. [ Seneca ]

What furniture can give such finish to a room as a tender woman's face? and is there any harmony of tints that has such stirrings of delight as the sweet modulations of her voice? [ George Eliot ]

There is scarce any man who cannot persuade himself of his own merit. Has he commonsense, he prefers it to genius; has he some diminutive virtues, he prefers them to great talents. [ Sewall ]

The greatest flood has the soonest ebb; the sorest tempest the most sudden calm; the hottest love the coldest end; and from the deepest desire oftentimes ensues the deadliest hate. [ Socrates ]

Science has done much for us; but it is a poor science that would hide from us the great deep sacred infinitude of Nescience, on which all science swims as a mere superficial film. [ Carlyle ]

Woman has a smile for every joy, a tear for every sorrow, a consolation for every grief, an excuse for every fault, a prayer for every misfortune, and encouragement for every hope. [ Sainte-Foix ]

Its brightness, mighty divinity! has a fleeting empire over the day, giving gladness to the fields, color to the flowers, the season of the loves, harmonious hour of wakening birds. [ Calderon ]

Good sense and good-nature are never separated, though the ignorant world has thought otherwise. Good-nature, by which I mean beneficence and candor, is the product of right reason. [ Dryden ]

I have tormented the present with the preoccupations of the future; I have put my judgment in the place of Providence, and the happy child has been transformed into a care-worn man! [ E. Souvestre ]

He only is great who has the habits of greatness; who, after performing what none in ten thousand could accomplish, passes on like Samson, and tells neither father nor mother of it. [ Lavater ]

No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has. [ Beecher ]

When one has been tormented and fatigued by his sensitiveness, he learns that he must live from day to day, forget all that is possible, and efface his life from memory as it passes. [ Chamfort ]

America has furnished to the world the character of Washington! And if our American institutions had done nothing else, that alone would have entitled them to the respect of mankind. [ Daniel Webster ]

Every man that has felt pain knows how little all other comforts can gladden him to whom health is denied. Yet who is there does not sometimes hazard it for the enjoyment of an hour? [ Dr. Johnson ]

A proud woman who has learned to submit carries all her pride to the reinforcement of her submission, and looks down with severe superiority on all feminine assumption as unbecoming. [ George Eliot ]

The old pool shooter has won many a game in his life. But now it was time to hang up the cue. When he did all the other cues came crashing to the floor. Sorry, he said with a smile. [ Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts ]

It's not good to let any kid near a container that has a skull and crossbones on it, because there might be a skeleton costume inside and the kid could put it on and really scare you. [ Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts ]

The greatest of fools is he who imposes on himself, and in his greatest concern thinks certainly he knows that which he has least studied, and of which he is most profoundly ignorant. [ Shaftesbury ]

Among many parallels which men of imagination have drawn between the natural and moral state of the world, it has been observed that happiness as well as virtue consists in mediocrity. [ Dr. Johnson ]

The life of a woman is a long dissimulation. Candor, beauty, freshness, virginity, modesty - a woman has each of these but once. When lost, she must simulate them the rest of her life. [ Ritif de la Bretonne ]

When a woman finds out that her husband is absolutely indifferent to her she either becomes dreadfully dowdy or wears very smart bonnets that some other woman's husband has to pay for. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

Avarice has ruined more men than prodigality, and the blindest thoughtlessness of expenditure has not destroyed so many fortunes as the calculating but insatiable lust of accumulation. [ Colton ]

Procrastination has been called a thief, - the thief of time. I wish it were no worse than a thief. It is a murderer; and that which it kills is not time merely, but the immortal soul. [ Nevins ]

Extreme avarice is nearly always mistaken; there is no passion which is oftener further away from its mark, nor upon which the present has so much power to the prejudice of the future. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

There is no man who has not some interesting associations with particular scenes, or airs, or books, and who does not feel their beauty or sublimity enhanced to him by such connections. [ Sir A. Alison ]

When self-interest inclines a man to print, he should consider that the purchaser expects a pennyworth for his penny, and has reason to asperse his honesty if he finds himself deceived. [ Shenstone ]

He who kindly shows the way to one who has gone astray, acts as though he had lighted another's lamp from his own, which both gives light to the other and continues to shine for himself. [ Cicero ]

Does the man live who has not felt this spur to action, in a more or less generous spirit? Emulation lives so near to envy that it is sometimes difficult to establish the boundary-lines. [ Henry Giles ]

Nothing, in truth, has such a tendency to weaken not only the powers of invention, but the intellectual powers in general, as a habit of extensive and various reading without reflection. [ Dugald Stewart ]

Death alone of the gods loves not gifts, nor do you need to offer incense or libations; he cares not for altar nor hymn; the goddess of Persuasion alone of the gods has no power over him. [ Horace ]

Eternity has no gray hairs! The flowers fade, the heart withers, man grows old and dies, the world lies down in the sepulchre of ages, but time writes no wrinkles on the brow of eternity. [ Bishop Heber ]

It seems that nature, which has so wisely disposed our bodily organs with a view to our happiness, has also bestowed on us pride, to spare us the pain of being aware of our imperfections. [ Rochefoucauld ]

The commonest man, who has his ounce of sense and feeling, is conscious of the difference between a lovely, delicate woman and a coarse one. Even a dog feels a difference in her presence. [ George Eliot ]

Man lives in Time, has his whole earthly being, endeavour, and destiny shaped for him by Time; only in the transitory Time-symbol is the ever-motionless eternity we stand on made manifest. [ Carlyle ]

Diligence and perseverance are the composites of the philosopher's stone, and instances are not wanting wherein their application has transformed the poorest material into the purest gold. [ W. T. Burke ]

God has sometimes converted wickedness into madness; and it is to the credit of human reason that men who are not in some degree mad are never capable of being in the highest degree wicked. [ Burke ]

To guide scoundrels by love is a method that will not hold together; hardly for the flower of men will love do; and for the sediment and scoundrelism of them it has not even a chance to do. [ Carlyle ]

A belief in the Bible, the fruit of deep meditation, has served me as the guide of my moral and literary life. I have found it a capital safely invested, and richly productive of interest. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

No one has found out how to soothe with music and sweet symphony those bitter pangs by which death and sad misfortunes destroy families; and yet to assuage such griefs by music were wisdom. [ Euripides ]

We declare to you that the earth has exhausted its contingent of master spirits. Now for decadence and general closing. We must make up our minds to it. We shall have no more men of genius. [ Victor Hugo ]

She is not a brilliant woman; she is not even an intellectual one; but there is such a thing as a genius for affection, and she has it. It has been good for her husband that he married her. [ Helen Hunt ]

If a woman be herself pure and noble-hearted, she will come into every circle as a person does into a heated room, who carries with him the freshness of the woods where he has been walking. [ Frances Power Cobbe ]

Neptune has raised up his turbulent plains; the sea falls and leaps upon the trembling shore. She remounts, groans, and with redoubled blows makes the abyss and the shaken mountains resound. [ St. Lambert ]

When thou forgivest, - the man who has pierced thy heart stands to thee in the relation of the sea-worm that perforates the shell of the mussel which straightway closes the wound with a pearl. [ Richter ]

A good name is properly that reputation of virtue that every man may challenge as his right and due in the opinions of others, till he has made forfeit of it by the viciousness of his actions. [ South ]

Every age has its different inclinations, but man is always the same. At ten, he is led by sweetmeats, at twenty by a mistress, at thirty by pleasure, at forty by ambition, at fifty by avarice. [ J. J. Rousseau ]

There never has been a nation that has not looked upon woman as the companion or the consolation of man, or as the sacred instrument of his life, and that has not honored her in those characters. [ A. de Musset ]

The pilot who is always dreading a rock or a tempest must not complain if he remain a poor fisherman. We must at times trust something to fortune, for fortune has often some share in what happens. [ Metastasio ]

A woman has two smiles that an angel might envy: the smile that accepts the lover before the words are uttered, and the smile that lights on the first-born baby, and assures it of a mother's love. [ Haliburton ]

Who has not seen how women bully women? What tortures have men to endure compared to those daily repeated shafts of scorn and cruelty with which poor women are riddled by the tyrants of their sex? [ Thackeray ]

Who is there that in logical words can express the affect that music has upon us? A kind of unfathomable speech, which leads us to the edge of the infinite, and lets us for moments gaze into that. [ T. Carlyle ]

The mind has a certain vegetative power, which cannot be wholly idle. If it is not laid out and cultivated into a beautiful garden, it will of itself shoot up in weeds or flowers of a wild growth. [ Steele ]

There are two considerations which always imbitter the heart of an avaricious man - the one is a perpetual thirst after more riches, the other the prospect of leaving what he has already acquired. [ Fielding ]

The strong man is the wise man; the man with the gift of method, of faithfulness, of valour; who has insight into what is what, into what will follow out of what, the eye to see and the hand to do. [ Carlyle ]

In the poorest cottage are Books: is one Book, wherein for several thousands of years the spirit of man has found light, and nourishment, and an interpreting response to whatever is Deepest in him. [ Carlyle ]

He who comes from the kitchen smells of its smoke; and he who adheres to a sect, has something of its cant; the college air pursues the student; and dry inhumanity him who herds with literary pedants. [ Lavater ]

What consoles one nowadays is not repentance, but pleasure. Repentance is quite out of date, and beside, if a woman really repents, she has to go to a bad dressmaker, otherwise no one believes in her. [ Oscar Wilde, Lady Windemere's Fan ]

This world could not exist if it were not so simple. The ground has been tilled a thousand years, yet its powers remain ever the same; a little rain, a little sun, and each spring it grows green again. [ Goethe ]

The censure of frequent and long parentheses has led writers into the preposterous expedient of leaving out the marks by which they are indicated. It is no cure to a lame man to take away his crutches. [ Whately ]

This is the part of a great man, after he has maturely weighed all circumstances, to punish the guilty, to spare the many, and in every state of fortune not to depart from an upright, virtuous conduct. [ Cicero ]

It has come to be practically a sort of rule in literature, that a man, having once shown himself capable of original writing, is entitled thenceforth to steal from the writings of others at discretion. [ Emerson ]

Called to the throne by the voice of the people, my maxim has always been: A career open to talent without distinction of birth. It is this system of equality for which the European oligarchy detests me. [ Napoleon ]

Have you known how to compose your manners? You have done a great deal more than he who has composed books. Have you known how to take repose? You have done more than he who has taken cities and empires. [ Montaigne ]

A man can no more justly make use of another's necessity, than he that has more strength can seize upon a weaker, master him to his obedience, and with a dagger at his throat, offer him death or slavery. [ J. Locke ]

All life is surrounded by a great circumference of death; but to the believer in Jesus, beyond this surrounding death is a boundless sphere of life. He has only to die once to be done with death forever. [ James Hamilton ]

Nature has lent us life, as we do a sum of money; only no certain day is fixed for payment. What reason then to complain if she demands it at pleasure, since it was on this condition that we received it? [ Cicero ]

Misery is so little appertaining to our nature, and happiness so much so, that we in the same degree of illusion only lament over that which has pained us, but leave unnoticed that which has rejoiced us. [ Richter ]

Love has the tendency of pressing together all the lights, all the rays emitted from the beloved object, by the burning-glass of fantasy, into one focus, and making of them one radiant sun without spots. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

The accepted and betrothed lover has lost the wildest charms of his maiden in her acceptance of him. She was heaven whilst he pursued her as a star - she cannot be heaven if she stoops to such a one as he. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Why destroy present happiness by a distant misery, which may never come at all, or you may never live to see it? For every substantial grief has twenty shadows, and most of them shadows of your own making. [ Sydney Smith ]

The world has always laughed at its own tragedies, that being the only way in which it has been able to bear them; consequently, whatever the world has treated seriously belongs to the comedy side of things. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

It is the violence of their ideas and the blind haste of their passion that make men awkward when with women. A man who has blunted a little his sensations, at first studies to please rather than to be loved. [ George Sand ]

Thackeray and Balzac will make it possible for our descendants to live over again the England and France of today. Seen in this light, the novelist has a higher office than merely to amuse his contemporaries. [ P. G. Hamerton ]

The great inventor is one who has walked forth upon the industrial world, not from universities, but from hovels; not as clad in silks and decked with honors, but as clad in fustian and grimed with soot and oil. [ Isaac Taylor ]

Fiction is no longer a mere amusement; but transcendent genius, accommodating itself to the character of the age, has seized upon this province of literature, and turned fiction from a toy into a mighty engine. [ Channing ]

The courage that grows from constitution very often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; and when it is only a kind of instinct in the soul, it breaks out on all occasions, without judgment or discretion. [ Addison ]

Of riches it is not necessary to write the praise. Let it, however, be remembered that he who has money to spare has it always in his power to benefit others, and of such power a good man must always be desirous. [ Johnson ]

The highest order of mind is accused of folly, as well as the lowest. Nothing is thoroughly approved but mediocrity. The majority has established this, and it Axes its fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way. [ Pascal ]

Friendship has steps which lead up on the throne of God, through all spirits, even to the Infinite; only love is satiable, and like truth admits no three degrees of comparison; and a single being fills the heart. [ Richter ]

We adorn graves with flowers and redolent plants, just emblems of the life of man, which has been compared in the Holy Scriptures to those fading beauties whose roots, being buried in dishonor, rise again in glory. [ Evelyn ]

In public affairs, we may usually infer the weakness of the cause by the excessive price that ministers have freely paid to those whose eloquence, or whose sophistry, has enabled them to make that weakness triumph. [ Colton ]

Weakness has its hidden resources, as well as strength; there is a degree of folly and meanness which we cannot calculate upon, and by which we are as much liable to be foiled as by the greatest ability or courage. [ Hazlitt ]

There is power in love to divine another's destiny better than that other can, and by heroic encouragements hold him to his task; what has friendship so signal as its sublime attraction to whatever virtue is in use. [ R. W. Emerson ]

The amplest knowledge has the largest faith. Ignorance is always incredulous. Tell an English cottager that the belfries of Swedish churches are crimson, and his own white steeple furnishes him with a contradiction. [ Willmott ]

Doubtless botany has its value; but the flowers knew how to preach divinity before men knew how to dissect and botanize them; they are apt to stop preaching, though, so soon as we begin to dissect and botanize them. [ H. N. Hudson ]

Poetry is musical thought, thought of a mind that has penetrated into the inmost heart of a thing, detected the melody that lies hidden in it, ... the heart of Nature being everywhere music, if you can only reach it. [ Carlyle ]

The misfortune in the state is that nobody can enjoy life in peace, but that everybody must govern, and in art, that nobody will enjoy what has been produced, but that every one wants to reproduce on his own account. [ Goethe ]

An artist that works in marble or colors has them all to himself and his tribe: but the man who moulds his thoughts in verse has to employ the materials vulgarized by everybody's use, and glorify them by his handling. [ O. W. Holmes ]

Humour has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius. He who wants it, be his other gifts what they may, has only half a mind; an eye for what is above him, not for what is about him or below him. [ Carlyle ]

There is no such thing as Liberty in the universe: there can never be. The stars have it not; the earth has it not; the sea has it not; and we men have the mockery and semblance of it only for our heaviest punishment. [ John Ruskin ]

Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber if he has common-sense on the ground-floor. But if a man has not got plenty of good common-sense, the more science he has the worse for his patient. [ Oliver Wendell Holmes ]

A man who lives right, and is right, has more power in his silence than another has by his words. Character is like bells which ring out sweet music, and which, when touched accidentally even, resound with sweet music. [ Phillips Brooks ]

Their origin is commonly unknown; for the practice often continues when the cause has ceased, and concerning superstitious ceremonies it is in vain to conjecture; for what reason did not dictate, reason cannot explain. [ Dr. Johnson ]

Plutarch has a fine expression, with regard to some woman of learning humility, and virtue; - that her ornaments were such as might be purchased without money, and would render any woman's life both glorious and happy. [ Sterne ]

Many shiver from want of defence against the cold; but there is vastly more suffering among the rich from absurd and criminal modes of dress, which fashion has sanctioned, than among the poor from deficiency of raiment. [ Channing ]

Every fiction since Homer has taught friendship, patriotism, generosity, contempt of death. These are the highest virtues; and the fictions which taught them were therefore of the highest, though not of unmixed, utility. [ Sir J. Mackintosh ]

What with the duties expected of one during one's lifetime, and the duties exacted from one after one's death, land has ceased to be either a profit or pleasure. It gives one position and prevents one from keeping it up. [ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest ]

In sculpture did ever anybody call the Apollo a fancy piece? Or say of the Laocoon how it might be made different? A masterpiece of art has in the mind a fixed place in the chain of being, as much as a plant or a crystal. [ Emerson ]

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. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

Have you known how to compose your manners, you have achieved a great deal more than he who has composed books. Have you known how to attain repose, you have achieved more than he who has taken cities and subdued empires. [ Montaigne ]

Ambition is like a frog sitting on a Venus Flytrap. The flytrap can bite and bite, but it won't bother the frog because it only has little tiny plant teeth. But some other stuff could happen and it could be like ambition. [ Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts ]

Pride is the common forerunner of a fall. It was the devil's sin. and the devil's ruin; and has been, ever since, the devil's stratagem, who, like an expert wrestler, usually gives a man a lift before he gives him a throw. [ South ]

The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years. To hear them talk one would imagine they were in their first childhood. As far as civilization goes they are in their second. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

A talisman that shall turn base metal into precious, Nature acknowledges not; but a talisman to turn base souls into noble, Nature has given us; and that is a philosopher's stone, but it is a stone which the builders refuse. [ John Ruskin ]

The best manner of avenging ourselves is by not resembling him who has injured us; and it is hardly possible for one man to be more unlike another than he that forbears to avenge himself of wrong is to him who did the wrong. [ Jane Porter ]

If our Creator has so bountifully provided for our existence here, which is but momentary, and for our temporal wants, which will soon be forgotten, how much more must He have done for our enjoyment in the everlasting world! [ Hosea Ballou ]

In art there is a point of perfection, as of goodness or maturity in nature; he who is able to perceive it, and who loves it, has perfect taste; he who does not feel it, or loves on this side or that, has an imperfect taste. [ Bruyere ]

At the age when the faculties droop, when stern experience has destroyed all sweet illusions, man may seek solitude; but, at twenty, the affections which he is compelled to repress are a tomb in which he buries himself alive. [ E. de Girardin ]

Providence has clearly ordained that the only path fit and salutary for man on earth is the path of persevering fortitude - the unremitting struggle of deliberate self-preparation and humble but active reliance on divine aid. [ B. L. Magoon ]

Like the tiger, that seldom desists from pursuing man after having once preyed upon human flesh, the reader who has once gratified his appetite with calumny makes ever after the most agreeable feast upon murdered reputations! [ Goldsmith ]

If a young lady has that discretion and modesty without which all knowledge is little worth, she will never make an ostentatious parade of it, because she will rather be intent on acquiring more than on displaying what she has. [ Hannah More ]

One of the illusions is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly, until he knows that every day is Doomsday. [ Emerson ]

A miser is sometimes a grand personification of fear. He has a fine horror of poverty; and he is not content to keep want from the door, or at arm's length, but he places it, by heaping wealth upon wealth, at a sublime distance! [ Lamb ]

Poetry, like truth, is a common flower. God has sown it over the earth like daisies, sprinkled with tears, or glowing in the sun, even as he places the crocus and the March frosts together, and beautifully mingles life and death. [ Ebenezer Elliott ]

Earth has scarcely an acre that does not remind us of actions that have long preceded our own, and its clustering tombstones loom up like reefs of the eternal shore, to show us where so many human barks have struck and gone down. [ Chapin ]

Great men are the fire-pillars in this dark pilgrimage of mankind; they stand as heavenly signs, ever-living witnesses of what has been, prophetic tokens of what may still be, the revealed, embodied possibilities of human nature. [ Carlyle ]

There is a mental fatigue which is a spurious kind of remorse, and has all the anguish of the nobler feeling. It is an utter weariness and prostration of spirit, a sickness of heart and mind, a bitter longing to lie down and die. [ Miss M. E. Braddon ]

The widow who has been bereft of her children may seem in after years no whit less placid, no whit less serenely gladsome; nay, more gladsome than the woman whose blessings are still round her. I am amazed to see how wounds heal. [ Charles Buxton ]

Every rose is an autograph from the hand of the Almighty God on this world about us; he has inscribed his thoughts in these marvelous hieroglyphics which sense and science have been these many thousand years seeking to understand. [ T. Parker ]

He that has complex ideas, without particular names for them, would be in no better case than a book-seller who had volumes that lay unbound and without titles, which he could make known to others only by showing the loose sheets. [ Locke ]

Fame has no necessary conjunction with praise; it may exist without the breath of a word: it is a recognition of excellence which must be felt, but need not be spoken. Even the envious must feel it, - feel it, and hate in silence. [ Washington Allston ]

Almost every great soul that has led forward, or lifted up the race, has been furnished for each nobler deed, and inspired with each patriotic and holy aspiration, by the retiring fortitude of some Spartan - some Christian mother. [ C. J. White ]

Virgil has very finely touched upon the female passion for dress and shows, in the character of Camilla; who, though she seems to have shaken off all the other weaknesses of her sex, is still described as a woman in this particular. [ Addison ]

Burke's sentences are pointed at the end, instinct with pungent sense to the last syllable. They are like a charioteer's whip, which not only has a long and effective lash, but cracks and inflicts a still smarter sensation at the end. [ John Foster ]

Another underlying condition of contentment is not to take one's self, or even the affairs of life, too seriously. In looking back, every one can see how much unhappiness has been derived from an over-weening sense of one's importance. [ Henry D. Chapin ]

As he that lives longest lives but a little while, every man may be certain that he has no time to waste. The duties of life are commensurate to its duration; and every day brings its task, which, if neglected, is doubled on the morrow. [ Dr. Johnson ]

Like a morning dream, life becomes more and more bright the longer we live, and the reason of everything appears more clear. What has puzzled us before seems less mysterious, and the crooked path looks straighter as we approach the end. [ Richter ]

It has been shrewdly said, that when men abuse us we should suspect ourselves, and when they praise us, them. It is a rare instance of virtue to despise censure which we do not deserve; and still more rare to despise praise which we do. [ Colton ]

Laissez faire, the "let alone" principle, is, in all things which man has to do with, the principle of death. It is ruin to him, certain and total, if he lets his land alone, if he lets his fellow-men alone, if he lets his own soul alone. [ John Ruskin ]

Now, my young friends to whom I am addressing myself, with reference to this habit of reading, I make bold to tell you that it is your pass to the greatest, the purest, and the most perfect pleasure that God has prepared for His creatures. [ Anthony Trollope ]

The vengeful thought that has root merely in the mind is but a dream of idlest sort which one clear day will dissipate; while revenge, the passion, is a disease of the heart which climbs up, up to the brain, and feeds itself on both alike. [ Lew Wallace ]

Invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a new combination of those images which have been previously gathered and deposited in the memory. Nothing can be made of nothing; he who has laid up no material can produce no combinations. [ Sir J. Reynolds ]

Error soon passes away, unless upheld by restraint on thought. History tells us (and the lesson is invaluable) that the physical force which has put down free inquiry has been the main bulwark of the superstitions and illusions of past ages. [ Channing ]

All men who have sense and feeling are being continually helped; they are taught by every person they meet, and enriched by everything that falls in their way. The greatest is he who has been oftenest aided. Originality is the observing eye. [ Ruskin ]

Men spend their lives in anticipations, in determining to be vastly happy at some period or other, when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other - it is our own. Past opportunities are gone, future are not come. [ Colton ]

There is nothing like youth. The middle aged are mortgaged to Life. The old are in Life's lumber-room. But youth is the Lord of Life. Youth has a kingdom waiting for it. Every one is born a king, and most people die in exile, like most kings. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

He that has no resources of mind, is more to be pitied than he who is in want of necessaries for the body; and to be obliged to beg our daily happiness from others, bespeaks a more lamentable poverty than that of him who begs his daily bread. [ Colton ]

The mind of the thinker and the student is driven to admit, though it be awe-struck by apparent injustice, that this inequality is the work of God. Make all men equal today, and God has so created them that they shall be all unequal tomorrow. [ Anthony Trollope ]

A woman who is guided by the head, and not by the heart, is a social pestilence: she has all the defects of the passionate and affectionate woman, with none of her compensations; she is without pity, without love, without virtue, without sex. [ Balzac ]

He who boasts of being perfect is perfect in folly. I never saw a perfect man. Every rose has its thorns, and every day its night. Even the sun shows spots, and the skies are darkened with clouds; and faults of some kind nestle in every bosom. [ Spurgeon ]

The study of art is a taste at once engrossing and unselfish, which may be indulged without effort, and yet has the power of exciting the deepest emotions, - a taste able to exercise and to gratify both the nobler and softer parts of our nature. [ Guizot ]

Talent and worth are the only eternal grounds of distinction. To these the Almighty has affixed His everlasting patent of nobility. Knowledge and goodness, - these make degrees in heaven, and they must be the graduating scale of a true democracy. [ Miss Sedgwick ]

The bee is enclosed, and shines preserved, in a tear of the sisters of Phaeton, so that it seems enshrined in its own nectar. It has obtained a worthy reward for its great toils; we may suppose that the bee itself would have desired such a death. [ Martial ]

Flowers belong to Fairyland: the flowers and the birds and the butterflies are all that the world has kept of its golden age - the only perfectly beautiful things on earth - joyous, innocent, half divine - useless, say they who are wiser than God. [ Ouida ]

Ordinary or Common? A distinction may be thus drawn between these terms; what is common is done by many persons; what is ordinary is repeated many times. Ordinary has to do with the repetition of the act; common, with the persons who perform it. [ Pure English, Hackett And Girvin, 1884 ]

Every man must bear his own burden, and it is a fine thing to see any one trying to do it manfully; carrying his cross bravely, silently, patiently, and in a way which makes you hope that he has taken for his pattern the greatest of all sufferers. [ James Hamilton ]

Our opinions are not our own, but in the power of sympathy. If a person tells us a palpable falsehood, we not only dare not contradict him, but we dare hardly disbelieve him to his face. A lie boldly uttered has the effect of truth for the instant. [ Hazlitt ]

Avarice is generally the last passion of those lives of which the first part has been squandered in pleasure, and the second devoted to ambition. lie that sinks under the fatigue of getting wealth lulls his age with the milder business of saving it. [ Dr. Johnson ]

The intelligence of affection is carried on by the eye only; good-breeding has made the tongue falsify the heart, and act a part of continued restraint, while nature has preserved the eyes to herself, that she may not be disguised or misrepresented. [ Addison ]

Much of what is great, and to all men beneficial, has been wrought by those who neither intended nor knew the good they did; and many mighty harmonies have been discoursed by instruments that had been dumb and discordant but that God knew their stops. [ John Ruskin ]

An infallible way to make your child miserable is to satisfy all his demands. Passion swells by gratification; and the impossibility of satisfying every one of his demands will oblige you to stop short at last, after he has become a little headstrong. [ Henry Home ]

Dress has a moral effect upon the conduct of mankind. Let any gentleman find himself with dirty boots, old surtout, soiled neckcloth and a general negligence of dress, and he will in all probability find a corresponding disposition by negligence of address. [ Sir Jonah Barrington ]

O mothers! reflect upon the power that your Maker has placed in your hands; there is no earthly influence to be compared with yours; there is no combination of causes so powerful in promoting the happiness or misery of our race, as the instructions of home! [ J. S. C. Abbott ]

The grave is a sacred workshop of nature! a chamber for the figure of the body; death and life dwell here together as man and wife. They are one body, they are in union; God has joined them together, and what God hath joined together let no man put asunder. [ Hippel ]

Genius has privileges of its own; it selects an orbit for itself; and be this never so eccentric, if it is indeed a celestial orbit, we mere star-gazers must at last compose ourselves, must cease to cavil at it, and begin to observe it and calculate its laws. [ Carlyle ]

We really cannot see what equanimity there is in jerking a lacerated carp out of the water by the jaws, merely because it has not the power of making a noise; for we presume that the most philosophic of anglers would hardly delight in catching shrieking fish. [ Leigh Hunt ]

There are two kinds of artists in this world; those that work because the spirit is in them, and they cannot be silent if they would, and those that speak from a conscientious desire to make apparent to others the beauty that has awakened their own admiration. [ Anna Katharine Green ]

The enthusiast has been compared to a man walking in a fog; everything immediately around him, or in contact with him, appears sufficiently clear and luminous; but beyond the little circle of which he himself is the centre, all is mist and error and confusion. [ Colton ]

High original genius is always ridiculed on its first appearance; most of all by those who have won themselves the highest reputation in working on the established lines. Genius only commands recognition when it has created the taste which is to appreciate it. [ Froude ]

Love in modern times has been the tailor's best friend. Every suitor of the nineteenth century spends more than his spare cash on personal adornment. A faultless fit, a glistening hat, tight gloves, and tighter boots proclaim the imminent peril of his position. [ G. A. Sala ]

Much debating goes on about the good that has been done and the harm by the free circulation of the Bible. To me this is clear: it will do harm, as it has done, if used dogmatically and fancifully; and do good, as it has done, if used didactically and feelingly. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

A man who has any relish for fine writing either discovers new beauties or receives stronger impressions from the masterly strokes of a great author every time he peruses him; besides that he naturally wears himself into the same manner of speaking and thinking. [ Addison ]

What is the world, or its opinion, to him who has studied in the lives of men the mysteries of their egotism and perfidy! He knows that the best and most generous hearts are often forced to tread the thorny paths, where insults and outrages are heaped upon them! [ George Sand ]

He hazards much who depends for his learning on experience. An unhappy master, he that is only made wise by many shipwrecks; a miserable merchant, that is neither rich nor wise till he has been bankrupt. By experience we find out a short way by a long wandering. [ Roger Ascham ]

If life has not made you by God's grace, through faith, holy - think you, will death without faith do it? The cold waters of that narrow stream are no purifying bath in which you may wash and be clean. No! no! as you go down into them, you will come up from them. [ Alexander Maclaren ]

The first wealth is health. Sickness is poor-spirited, and cannot serve any one; it must husband its resources to live. But health or fullness answers its own ends, and has to spare, runs over, and inundates the neighborhoods and creeks of other men's necessities. [ Emerson ]

Society is a necessary thing. No man has any real success in this world unless he has women to back him, and women rule society. If you have not got women on your side you are quite over. You might as well be a barrister, or a stock-broker, or a journalist at once. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

It is not the nature of avarice to be satisfied with anything but money. Every passion that acts upon mankind has a peculiar mode of operation. Many of them are temporary and fluctuating; they admit of cessation and variety. But avarice is a fixed, uniform passion. [ Thomas Paine ]

Anguish of mind has driven thousands to suicide; anguish of body, none. This proves that the health of the mind is of far more consequence to our happiness than the health of the body, although both are deserving of much more attention than either of them receives. [ Colton ]

Granted the ship comes into harbour with shrouds and tackle damaged; the pilot is blameworthy; he has not been all-wise and all-powerful; but to know how blameworthy, tell us first whether his voyage has been round the globe or only to Ramsgate and the Isle of Dogs. [ Carlyle ]

Man gains wider dominion by his intellect than by his right arm. The mustard-seed of thought is a pregnant treasury of vast results. Like the germ in the Egyptian tombs, its vitality never perishes; and its fruit will spring up after it has been buried for long ages. [ Chapin ]

The kindness of Christmas is the kindness of Christ. To know that God so loved us as to give us His Son for our dearest Brother, has brought human affection to its highest tide on the day of that Brother's birth. If God so loved us, how can we help loving one another? [ Maltbie Babcock ]

A man's name is not like a mantle, which merely hangs about him, and which one perchance may safely twitch and pull, but a perfectly fitting garment, which like the skin has grown over and over him, at which one cannot rake and scrape without injuring the man himself. [ Goethe ]

The wild force of genius has often been fated by Nature to be finally overcome by quiet strength. The volcano sends up its red bolt with terrific force, as if it would strike the stars; but the calm, resistless hand of gravitation seizes it and brings it to the earth. [ Bayne ]

The tending of flowers has ever appeared to me a fitting care for the young and beautiful; they then dwell, as it were, among their own emblems, and many a voice of wisdom breathes on their ear from those brief blossoms, to which they apportion the dew and the sunbeam. [ Mrs. Sigourney ]

How little of our knowledge of mankind is derived from intentional accurate observation! Most of it has, unsought, found its way into the mind from the continual presentations of the objects to our unthinking view. It is a knowledge of sensation more than of reflection. [ John Foster ]

Love is not altogether a delirium, yet has it many points in common therewith ... I call it rather a discerning of the Infinite in the Finite, of the Idea made Real; which discerning again may be either true or false, either seraphic or demonic, Inspiration or Insanity. [ Carlyle ]

Errors to be dangerous must have a great deal of truth mingled with them; it is only from this alliance that they can ever obtain an extensive circulation; from pure extravagance, and genuine, unmingled falsehood, the world never has, and never can sustain any mischief. [ Sydney Smith ]

Conscience is doubtless sufficient to conduct the coldest character into the road of virtue; but enthusiasm is to conscience what honor is to duty; there is in us a superfluity of soul, which it is sweet to consecrate to the beautiful when the good has been accomplished. [ Mme. de Stael ]

There is nothing like fun, is there? I haven't any myself, but I do like it in others. O, we need it! We need all the counterweights we can muster to balance the sad relations of life. God has made many sunny spots in the heart; why should we exclude the light from them? [ Haliburton ]

From the crown of his head to the sole of his foot he is all mirth; he has twice or thrice cut Cupid's bowstring, and the little hangman dare not shoot at him: he hath a heart as sound as a bell, and his tongue is the clapper; for what his heart thinks his tongue speaks. [ William Shakespeare ]

A blushing young damsel of 109 has just died at Mallow, Ireland. She had been an ardent smoker of twist tobacco for 81 years, and finally died in the bloom of her youth. To make matters worse, she was an orphan. Those who do not wish to die young should make a note of this. [ Tobacco Jokes For Smoking Folks, 1888 ]

This is that eloquence the ancients represented as lightning, bearing down every opposer; this the power which has turned whole assemblies into astonishment, admiration and awe that is described by the torrent, the flame, and every other instance of irresistible impetuosity. [ Goldsmith ]

Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim, the very roughness only stimulates the climber to steadier and steadier steps, till that legend of the rough places fulfills itself at last, per aspera ad astra, over steep ways to the stars. [ Bishop W. C. Doane ]

Just as a tested and rugged virtue of the moral hero is worth more than the lovely, tender, untried innocence of the child, so is the massive strength of a soul that has conquered truth for itself worth more than the soft peach-bloom faith of a soul that takes truth on trust. [ F. E. Abbot ]

Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim, the very roughness only stimulates the climber to steadier and steadier steps, till that legend of the rough places fulfills itself at last, "per aspera ad astra", over steep ways to the stars. [ Bishop W. C. Doane ]

The press is not only free; it is powerful. That power is ours. It is the proudest that man can enjoy. It was not granted by monarchs, it was not gained for us by aristocracies; but it sprang from the people, and, with an immortal instinct, it has always worked for the people. [ Beaconsfield ]

From the year 1789 to the year 1860 no nation has ever known a more unbounded prosperity, a fuller space of happiness. In the short space of seventy years, within the turn of a single life, the nation, poor, weak and despised, raised itself to the pinnacle of power and of glory. [ Robert C. Winthrop ]

O blessed health! thou art above all gold and treasure; 'tis thou who enlargest the soul, and openest all its powers to receive instruction, and to relish virtue. He that has thee has little more to wish for, and he that is so wretched as to want thee, wants everything with thee. [ Sterne ]

Liberty will not descend to a people, a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed. That nation cannot be free, where reform is a common hack, that is dismissed with a kick the moment it has brought its rider to his place. [ Colton ]

Oratory is the huffing and blustering spoiled child of a semi-barbarous age. The press is the foe of rhetoric, but the friend of reason; and the art of declamation has been sinking in value from the moment that speakers were foolish enough to publish, and readers wise enough to read. [ Colton ]

'Tis, in fact, utter folly to ask whether a person has anything from himself, or whether he has it from others, whether he operates by himself, or operates by means of others. The main point is to have a great will, and skill and perseverance to carry it out. All else is indifferent. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Whatever of true glory has been won by any nation of the earth; whatever great advance has been made by any nation in that which constitutes a high Christian civilization, has been always at the cost of sacrifice; has cost the price marked upon it in God's inventory of national good. [ J. G. Holland ]

Pride counterbalances all our miseries, for it either hides them, or, if it discloses them, boasts of that disclosure. Pride has such a thorough possession of us, even in the midst of our miseries and faults, that we are prepared to sacrifice life with joy, if it may but be talked of. [ Pascal ]

Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified. He that labors in any great or laudable undertaking has his fatigues first supported by hope and afterwards rewarded by joy. [ Dr. Johnson ]

Own or Confess? The verb to own means to possess, but it has borrowed the additional and objectionable meaning of to confess, to acknowledge; as, He owned his crime. A man owns a house, but confesses a larceny, or a murder, neither of which offenses is hardly susceptible of ownership. [ Pure English, Hackett And Girvin, 1884 ]

To act with commonsense, according to the moment, is the best wisdom I know; and the best philosophy, to do one's duties, take the world as it comes, submit respectfully to one's lot, bless the goodness that has given us so much happiness with it whatever it is, and despise affectation. [ Horace Walpole ]

Nature, when she amused herself by giving stiff manners to old maids, put virtue in a very bad light. A woman must have been a mother to preserve under the chilling influences of time that grace of manner and sweetness of temper, which prompt us to say, One sees that love has dwelt there. [ Lemontey ]

Liberty is the richest inheritance which man has received from the skies! When shall its sacred fire burn in every bosom, and kindling with the thrilling force of inspiration, spread from heart to heart and from mind to mind, and be the common privilege and birthright of every human being? [ Acton ]

Each successive generation plunges into the abyss of passion, without the slightest regard to the fatal effects which such conduct has produced upon their predecessors; and lament, when too late, the rashness with which they slighted the advice of experience, and stifled the voice of reason. [ Steele ]

Portion or Part? The distinction between these words is usually unheeded. A portion is a part assigned, allotted, or set aside for a special purpose; part has a less limited meaning. Hence, we may say correctly:
In what part of the city do you live?
What portion of the estate do you inherit?. [ Pure English, Hackett And Girvin, 1884 ]

To continue love in marriage is a science. It requires so little to kill those sweet emotions, those precious illusions, which form the charm of life; and it is so difficult to maintain a man at the height on which an exalted passion has placed him, especially when that man is one's husband! [ Mme. Reybaud ]

As unity demanded for its expression what at first might have seemed its opposite - variety; so repose demands for its expression the implied capability of its opposite - energy. It is the most unfailing test of beauty; nothing can be ignoble that possesses it, nothing right that has it not. [ Ruskin ]

Fetch a spray from the wood and place it on your mantel-shelf, and your household ornaments will seem plebeian beside its nobler fashion and bearing. It will wave superior there, as if used to a more refined and polished circle. It has a salute and response to all your enthusiasm and heroism. [ Thoreau ]

Every moment instructs, and every object; for wisdom is infused into every form. It has been poured into us as blood; it convulsed us as pain; it slid into us as pleasure; it enveloped us in dull, melancholy days, or in days of cheerful labor; we did not guess its essence until after long time. [ Emerson ]

The more readily we admit the possibility of our own cherished convictions being mixed with error, the more vital and helpful whatever is right in them will become; and no error is so conclusively fatal as the idea that God will not allow us to err, though He has allowed all other men to do so. [ Ruskin ]

Pain itself is not without its alleviations. It may be violent and frequent, but it is seldom both violent and long-continued; and its pauses and intermissions become positive pleasures. It has the power of shedding a satisfaction over intervals of ease, which, I believe, few enjoyments exceed. [ Paley ]

The flitting sunbeam has been grasped and made to do man's bidding in place of the painter's pencil. And although Franklin tamed the lightning, yet not until yesterday has its instantaneous flash been made the vehicle of language: thus in the transmission of thought annihilating space and time. [ Professor Robinson ]

The education which has, however, made me a writer has been a living one. I have not only read much, I have seen much, and enjoyed much, and, above all, I have sorrowed much. God has put into my hands every cup of life, sweet and bitter, and the bitter has often become sweet, and the sweet bitter. [ Amelia E. Barr, The Art of Authorship, 1891 ]

The physical plagues and the calamities of human nature have rendered society necessary. Society has added to the evils of nature; the imperfections of society have created the necessity for government, and government adds still further to the woes of society: this is the whole history of humanity. [ Chamfort ]

The stifled hum of midnight, when traffic has lain down to rest, and the chariot wheels of Vanity, still rolling here and there through distant streets are bearing her to halls roofed in and lighted to the due pitch for her; and only vice and misery, to prowl or to moan like night birds, are abroad. [ Carlyle ]

Liberty is one of the most precious gifts which heaven has bestowed upon man; with it we cannot compare the treasures which the earth contains or the sea conceals; for liberty, as for honor, we can and ought to risk our lives; and on the other hand, captivity is the greatest evil that can befall man. [ Cervantes ]

Sudden blaze of kindness may, by a single blast of coldness, be extinguished; but that fondness which length of time has connected with many circumstances and occasions, though it may for a while be suppressed by disgust or resentment, with or without cause, is hourly revived by accidental recollection. [ Johnson ]

One is more honest in youth, and to the age of thirty years, than when one has passed it. It is only after that age that one's illusions are dispelled. Until then, one resembles the dog that defends the dinner of his master against other dogs: after this period, he takes his share of it with the others. [ Chamfort ]

Of him that hopes to be forgiven it is indispensably required that he forgive. It is, therefore, superfluous to urge any other motive. On this great duty eternity is suspended, and to him that refuses to practise it, the throne of mercy is inaccessible, and the Saviour of the world has been born in vain. [ Johnson ]

The failure of his mind in old age is often less the result of natural decay than of disuse. Ambition has ceased to operate; contentment brings indolence: indolence, decay of mental power, ennui, and sometimes death. Men have been known to die, literally speaking, of disease induced by intellectual vacancy. [ Sir Benjamin Brodie ]

It takes twenty years to bring man from the state of embryo, and from that of a mere animal, as he is in his first infancy, to the point when his reason begins to dawn. It has taken thirty centuries to know his structure; it would take eternity to know something of his soul; it takes but an instant to kill him. [ Voltaire ]

The sovereign good of man is a mind that subjects all things to itself and is itself subject to nothing; such a man's pleasures are modest and reserved, and it may be a question whether he goes to heaven, or heaven comes to him; for a good man is influenced by God Himself, and has a kind of divinity within him. [ Seneca ]

Evil, what we call evil, must ever exist while man exists; evil, in the widest sense we can give it, is precisely the dark, disordered material out of which man's freewill has to create an edifice of order and good. Ever must pain urge us to labour; and only in free effort can any blessedness be imagined for us. [ Carlyle ]

From extensive acquaintance with many lands, I unhesitatingly affirm that everywhere God has provided pure water for man, and that the wines drunk are often miserable and dirty. I have found water everywhere that I have traveled, in China and India, Palestine and Egypt, - and everywhere water has been my beverage. [ Thomas Cook, the Tourist ]

His eloquent tongue so well seconds his fertile invention that no one speaks better when suddenly called forth. His attention never languishes; his mind is always before his words; his memory has all its stock so turned into ready money that, without hesitation or delay, it supplies whatever the occasion may require. [ Erasmus ]

O poets! what injury you have done us, and how right Plato was to banish you from his republic! How your ambrosia has rendered more bitter our absinth! How have we found our lives more barren and more desolate, after having turned our eyes toward the sublime perspectives which your dreams have opened in the infinite! [ T. Gautier ]

From numberless books the fluttering reader, idle and inconstant, bears away the bloom that only clings to the outer leaf; but genius has its nectaries, delicate glands, and secrecies of sweetness, and upon these the thoughtful mind must settle in its labor, before the choice perfume of fancy and wisdom is drawn forth. [ Willmott ]

Hudibras has defined nonsense, as Cowley does wit, by negatives. Nonsense, he says, is that which is neither true nor false. These two great properties of nonsense, which are always essential to it, give it such a peculiar advantage over all other writings, that it is incapable of being either answered or contradicted. [ Addison ]

Wise, cultivated, genial conversation is the best flower of civilisation, and the best result which life has to offer us--a cup for gods, which has no repentance. Conversation is our account of ourselves. All we have, all we can, all we know is brought into play, and as the reproduction, in finer form, of all our havings. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

Heroes have gone out; quacks have come in; the reign of quacks has not ended with the nineteenth century. The sceptre is held with a firmer grasp; the empire has a wider boundary. We are all the slaves of quackery in one shape or another. Indeed, one portion of our being is always playing the successful quack to the other. [ Carlyle ]

Wise men, for the most part, are silent at present, and good men powerless; the senseless vociferate, and the heartless govern; while all social law and providence are dissolved by the enraged agitation of a multitude, among whom every villain has a chance of power, every simpleton of praise, and every scoundrel of fortune. [ John Ruskin ]

A good author, and one who writes carefully, often discovers that the expression of which he has been in search without being able to discover it, and which he has at last found, is that which was the most simple, the most natural, and which seems as if it ought to have presented itself at once, without effort, to the mind. [ Bruyere ]

It has become a settled principle that nothing which is good and true can be destroyed by persecution, but that the effect ultimately is to establish more firmly, and to spread more widely, that which it was designed to overthrow. It has long since passed into a proverb that the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church. [ Albert Barnes ]

As well might a lovely woman look daily in her mirror, yet not be aware of her beauty, as a great soul be unconscious of the powers with which Heaven has gifted him; not so much for himself, as to enlighten others - a messenger from God Himself, with a high and glorious mission to perform. Woe unto him who abuses that mission! [ Chambers ]

The gloomy recess of an ecclesiastical library is like a harbor, into which a far-travelling curiosity has sailed with its freight, and cast anchor; the ponderous tomes are bales of the mind's merchandise; odors of distant countries and times steal from the red leaves the swelling ridges of vellum, and the titles in tarnished gold. [ R. A. Willmott ]

Music has certainly a powerful influence on the passions, and produces happy effects upon the human heart and mind when cultivated moderately; but when it becomes the general prevailing passion of a nation, or, as it were, gets dominion over them, it unquestionably produces not effeminacy merely, but a hateful depravity of manners. [ S. F. Bradford ]

Often a nosegay of wild flowers, which was to us, as village children, a grove of pleasure, has in after years of manhood, and in the town, given us by its old perfume, an indescribable transport back into godlike childhood; and how, like a flower goddess, it has raised us into the first embracing Aurora clouds of our first dim feelings! [ Richter ]

Was man made to disdain the gifts of nature? Was he placed on earth but to gather bitter fruits? For whom are the flowers the gods cause to bloom at the feet of mortals? It pleases Providence when we abandon ourselves to the different inclinations that He has given us: our duties come from His laws, and our desires from His inspirations.

Vulgar habit people have nowadays of asking one, after one has given them an idea, whether one is serious or not. Nothing is serious except passion. The intellect is an instrument on which one plays, that is all. The only serious form of intellect is the British intellect. And on the British form of intellect the illiterates play the drum. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]

Never teach false modesty. How exquisitely absurd to teach a girl that beauty is of no value, dress of no use! Beauty is of value; her whole prospects and happiness in life may often depend upon a new gown or a becoming bonnet; if she has five grains of commonsense she will find this out. The great thing is to teach her their proper value. [ Sydney Smith ]

The maxim of Cleobulus, Mediocrity is best, has been long considered a universal principle, extending through the whole compass of life and nature. The experience of every age seems to have given it new confirmation, and to show that nothing, however specious or alluring, is pursued with propriety or enjoyed with safety beyond certain limits. [ Dr. Johnson ]

In most old communities there is a commonsense even in sensuality. Vice itself gets gradually digested into a system, is amenable to certain laws of conventional propriety and honor, has for its object simply the gratification of its appetites, and frowns with quite a conservative air on all new inventions, all untried experiments in iniquity. [ Whipple ]

Authors have a greater right than any copyright, though it is generally unacknowledged or disregarded. They have a right to the reader's civility. There are favorable hours for reading a book, as for writing it, and to these the author has a claim. Yet many people think that when they buy a book, they buy with it the right to abuse the author. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

The only thing that has been taught successfully to women is to wear becomingly the fig-leaf they received from their first mother. Everything that is said and repeated for the first eighteen or twenty years of a woman's life is reduced to this: My daughter, take care of your fig-leaf; your fig-leaf becomes you; your fig-leaf does not become you. [ Diderot ]

All the poets are indebted more or less to those who have gone before them; even Homer's originality has been questioned, and Virgil owes almost as much to Theocritus, in his Pastorals, as to Homer, in his Heroics; and if our own countryman. Milton, has soared above both Homer and Virgil, it is because he has stolen some feathers from their wings. [ Colton ]

Nature, at all events, humanly speaking, is manifestly very fond of color; for she has made nothing without it. Her skies are blue; her fields, green; her waters vary with her skies; her animals, vegetables, minerals, are all colored. She paints a great many of them in apparently superfluous hues, as if to show the dullest eye how she loves color. [ Leigh Hunt ]

It is all very well to tell me that a young man has distinguished himself by a brilliant first speech. He may go on, or he may be satisfied with his first triumph, but show me a young man who has not succeeded at first, and nevertheless has gone on, and I will back that young man to do better than most of those who have succeeded at the first trial. [ Charles James Fox ]

Facts are to the mind the same thing as food to the body. On the due digestion of facts depends the strength and wisdom of the one, just as vigour and health depend on the other. The wisest in council, the ablest in debate, and the most agreeable in the commerce of life, is that man who has assimilated to his understanding the greatest number of facts. [ Burke ]

We are foolish, and without excuse foolish, in speaking of the superiority of one sex to the other, as if they could be compared in similar things! Each has what the other has not; each completes the other; they are in nothing alike; and the happiness and perfection of both depend on each asking and receiving from the other what the other only can give. [ Ruskin ]

The only difference between a genius and one of common capacity is that the former anticipates and explores what the latter accidentally hits upon. But even the man of genius himself more frequently employs the advantages that chance presents to him. It is the lapidary that gives value to the diamond, which the peasant has dug up without knowing its worth. [ Abbe Raynal ]

Fear can sometimes be a useful emotion. For instance, let's say you're an astronaut on the moon and you fear that your partner has been turned into Dracula. The next time he goes out for the moon pieces, wham!, you just slam the door behind him and blast off. He might call you on the radio and say he's not Dracula, but you just say, Think again, bat man. [ Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts ]

Plutarch tells us of an idle and effeminate Etrurian who found fault with the manner in which Themistocles had conducted a recent campaign. What, said the hero in reply, have you, too, something to say about war, who are like the fish that has a sword, but no heart? He is always the severest censor on the merits of others who has the least worth of his own. [ E. L. Magoon ]

It is excellent discipline for an author to feel that he must say all he has to say in the fewest possible words, or his reader is sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words, or his reader will certainly misunderstand them. Generally, also, a downright fact may be told in a plain way; and we want downright facts at present more than anything else. [ Ruskin ]

Mirthfulness is in the mind, and you cannot get it out. It is the blessed spirit that God has set in the mind to dust it, to enliven its dark places, and to drive asceticism, like a foul fiend, out at the back door. It is just as good, in its place, as conscience or veneration. Praying can no more be made a substitute for smiling than smiling can for praying. [ Beecher ]

Maggie and Stephen were in that stage of courtship which makes the most exquisite moment of youth, the freshest blossom-time of passion, - when each is sure of the other's love, but no formal declaration has been made, and all is mutual divination, exalting the most trivial words, the lightest gestures, into thrills delicate and delicious as wafted jasmine scent. [ George Eliot ]

A sense of humor is a saving grace, and happy is that woman who has been blessed by birth with that rare sixth sense of seeing the funny side. If you have it naturally, be gladly grateful, for it is a greater gift than beauty or riches. It means cheerfulness, contentment, courage and, possessing it, you are equipped with a potent weapon against the blows of fate. [ Unknown ]

Partially or Partly? The use of the adverb partially for partly, although it has the sanction of Webster, is obviously incorrect. The case in court has been partially heard. This is a common expression, the intended meaning of which is, that the case has been heard in part, or partly heard. Partially heard, denotes that it was heard in a biased or prejudiced manner. [ Pure English, Hackett And Girvin, 1884 ]

Wealth brings noble opportunities, and competence is a proper object of pursuit; but wealth, and even competence, may be bought at too high a price. Wealth itself has no moral attribute. It is not money, but the love of money, which is the root of all evil. It is the relation between wealth and the mind and the character of its possessor which is the essential thing. [ Hillard ]

One man affirms that he has rode post a hundred miles in six hours: probably it is a lie; but supposing it to be true, what then? Why, he is a very good post-boy; that is all. Another asserts, and probably not without oaths, that he has drunk six or eight bottles of wine at a sitting; out of charity I will believe him a liar; for, if I do not, I must think him a beast. [ Chesterfield ]

It was the saying of a great man, that if we could trace our descents, we should find all slaves to come from princes, and all princes from slaves; and fortune has turned all things topsy-turvy in a long series of revolutions; beside, for a man to spend his life in pursuit of a title, that serves only when he dies to furnish out an epitaph, is below a wise man's business. [ Seneca ]

The golden ripple on the wall came back again, and nothing else stirred in the room. The old, old fashion! The fashion that came in with our first garments, and will last unchanged until our race has run its course, and the wide firmament is rolled up like a scroll. The old, old fashion, - Death! Oh, thank God, all who see it, for that older fashion yet, - of Immortality! [ Charles Dickens ]

To be honest, to be kind, to earn a little, and to spend a little less, to make upon the whole a family happier for his presence, to renounce when that shall be necessary and not to be embittered, to keep a few friends, but these without capitulation; above all, on the same condition, to keep friends with himself: here is a task for all a man has of fortitude and delicacy. [ Robert Louis Stevenson ]

There is something too dear in the hope of seeing again.... Dear heart, be quiet; we say; you will not be long separated from those people that you love; be quiet, dear heart! And then we give it in the meanwhile a shadow, so that it has something, and then it is good and quiet, like a little child whose mother gives it a doll instead of the apple which it ought not to eat. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

There is scare any lot so low, but there is something in it to satisfy the man whom it has befallen, Providence having so ordered things, that in every man's cup how bitter soever, there are some cordial drops, some good circumstances, which if wisely extracted, are sufficient for the purpose he wants them, that is, to make him contented, and if not happy, at least resigned. [ Sterne ]

Who is there who has not experienced that often a nosegay of wild flowers, which was to us as village children a grove of pleasure, has in after years of manhood, and in the town, given us. by its old perfume an indescribable transport back into godlike childhood; and how, like a flower-goddess, it has raised us into the first embracing Aurora-clouds of our first dim feelings? [ Richter ]

For ages the world has been waiting and watching; millions, with broken hearts, have hovered around the yawning abyss; but no echo has come back from the engulfing gloom - silence, oblivion, covers all. If indeed they survive; if they went away whole and victorious, they give us no signals. We wait for years, but no messages come from the far-away shore to which they have gone. [ Bishop R. S. Foster ]

The mother begins her process of training with the infant in her arms. It is she who directs, so to speak, its first mental and spiritual pulsations; she conducts it along the impressible years of childhood and youth, and hopes to deliver it to the rough contests and tumultuous scenes of life, armed by those good principles which her child has received from maternal care and love. [ D. Webster ]

If I might venture to appeal to what is so much out of fashion at Paris, I mean to experience, I should tell you that in my course I have known and, according to my measure, have cooperated with great men; and I have never yet seen any plan which has not been mended by the observations of those who were much inferior in understanding to the person who took the lead in the business. [ Burke ]

Surely no man can reflect, without wonder, upon the vicissitudes of human life arising from causes in the highest degree accidental and trifling. If you trace the necessary concatenation of human events a very little way back, you may perhaps discover that a person's very going in or out of a door has been the means of coloring with misery or happiness the remaining current of his life. [ Lord Greville ]

Never! never has one forgotten his pure, right educated mother. On the blue mountains of our dim childhood, toward which we ever turn and look, stand the mothers, who marked out to us from thence our life; the most blessed age must be forgotten ere we can forget the warmest heart. You wish, O women! to be ardently loved, and forever, even till death! Be, then, the mothers of your children. [ Richter ]

When the great Kepler had at length discovered the harmonic laws that regulate the motions of the heavenly bodies, he exclaimed: Whether my discoveries will be read by posterity or by my contemporaries is a matter that concerns them more than me. I may well be contented to wait one century for a reader, when God Himself, during so many thousand years, has waited for an observer like myself. [ Macaulay ]

A woman at middle age retains nothing of the pettiness of youth; she is a friend who gives you all the feminine delicacies, who displays all the graces, all the prepossessions which Nature has given to woman to please man, but who no longer sells these qualities. She is hateful or lovable, according to her pretensions to youth, whether they exist under the epidermis or whether they are dead. [ Balzac ]

Since I have known God in a saving manner, painting, poetry, and music have had charms unknown to me before. I have received what I suppose is a taste for them, or religion has refined my mind and made it susceptible of impressions from the sublime and beautiful. O, how religion secures the heightened enjoyment of those pleasures which keep so many from God, by their becoming a source of pride! [ Henry Martyn ]

Those that are the loudest in their threats are the weakest in the execution of them. In springing a mine, that which has done the most extensive mischief makes the smallest report; and again, if we consider the effect of lightning, it is probable that he that is killed by it hears no noise; but the thunderclap which follows, and which I most alarms the ignorant, is the surest proof of their safety. [ Colton ]

There have been many men who left behind them that which hundreds of years have not worn out. The earth has Socrates and Plato to this day. The world is richer yet by Moses and the old prophets than by the wisest statesmen. We are indebted to the past. We stand in the greatness of ages that are gone rather than in that of our own. But of how many of us shall it be said that, being dead, we yet speak? [ Beecher ]

Music may be classed into natural, social, sacred, and martial; it is the twin sister of poetry, and like it has the power to sway the feelings and command the mind; in devotion it breathes the pure spirit of inspiration and love; in martial scenes it rouses the soul to fearless deeds of daring and valor, while it alleviates the cares, and enhances the innocent and cheerful enjoyments of domestic life. [ Acton ]

O God, whom the world misjudges, and whom everything declares! listen to the last words that my lips pronounce! If I have wandered, it was in seeking Thy law. My heart may go astray, but it is full of Thee! I see, without alarm, eternity appear; and I can not think that a God who has given me life, that a God who has poured so many blessings on my days, will, now that my days are done, torment me for ever! [ The last prayer of Voltaire ]

The refining influence is the study of art, which is the science of beauty; and I find that every man values every scrap of knowledge in art, every observation of his own in it, every hint he has caught from another. For the laws of beauty are the beauty of beauty, and give the mind the same or a higher joy than the sight of it gives the senses. The study of art is of high value to the growth of the intellect. [ Emerson ]

Mr. Johnson had never, by his own account, been a close student, and used to advise young people never to be without a book in their pocket, to be read at bye-times, when they had nothing else to do. It has been by that means, said he to a boy at our house one day, that all my knowledge has been gained, except what I have picked up by running about the world with my wits ready to observe, and my tongue ready to talk. [ Mrs. Piozzi ]

Calumny is a monstrous vice: for, where parties indulge in it, there are always two that are actively engaged in doing wrong, and one who is subject to injury. The calumniator inflicts wrong by slandering the absent; he who gives credit to the calumny before he has investigated the truth is equally implicated. The person traduced is doubly injured - first by him who propagates, and secondly by him who credits the calumny. [ Heroidotus ]

The world's history is a divine poem, of which the history of every nation is a canto, and every man a word. Its strains have been pealing along down the centuries; and, though there have been mingled the discords of warring cannon and dying men, yet to the Christian, philosopher, and historian, - the humble listener, - there has been a divine melody running through the song, which speaks of hope and halcyon days to come. [ James A. Garfield ]

After all there is a weariness that cannot be prevented. It will come on. The work brings it on. The cross brings it on. Sometimes the very walk with God brings it on, for the flesh is weak; and at such moments we hear softer and sweeter than it ever floated in the wondrous air of Mendelssohn, O rest in the Lord, for it has the sound of an immortal requiem: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, for they rest from their labors. [ James Hamilton ]

Art, not less eloquently than literature, teaches her children to venerate the single eye. Remember Matsys. His representations of miser-life are breathing. A forfeited bond twinkles in the hard smile. But follow him to an altar-piece. His Apostle has caught a stray tint from his usurer. Features of exquisite beauty are seen and loved; but the old nature of avarice frets under the glow of devotion. Pathos staggers on the edge of farce. [ Willmott ]

Business is religion, and religion is business. The man who does not make a business of his religion has a religious life of no force, and the man who does not make a religion of his business has a business life of no character.
The world is God's workshop; the raw materials are His; the ideals and patterns are His; our hands are "the members of Christ," our reward His recognition. Blacksmith or banker, draughtsman or doctor, painter or preacher, servant or statesman, must work as unto the Lord, not merely making a living, but devoting a life. This makes life sacramental, turning its water into wine. This is twice blessed, blessing both the worker and the work. [ Maltbie Babcock ]

Posture or Attitude? Each of these words has its appropriate place, and one should not be misapplied for the other. Posture is the mode of placing the body, and may be either natural or assumed. Attitude is always assumed, and is intended to display some grace of the body, or some affection or purpose of the mind. Postures, when natural, accommodate themselves to the convenience of the body; when assumed they may be either serious or ridiculous. [ Pure English, Hackett And Girvin, 1884 ]

The whole difference between a man of genius and other men, it has been said a thousand times, and most truly, is that the first remains in great part a child, seeing with the large eyes of children, in perpetual wonder, not conscious of much knowledge - conscious, rather, of infinite ignorance, and yet infinite power; a fountain of eternal admiration, delight, and creative force within him meeting the ocean of visible and governable things around him. [ Ruskin ]

The little I have seen of the world teaches me to look upon the errors of others in sorrow, not in anger. When I take the history of one poor heart that has sinned and suffered, and represent to myself the struggles and temptations it has passed through, the brief pulsations of joy, the feverish inquietude of hope and fear, the pressure of want, the desertion of friends. I would fain leave the erring soul of my fellowman with Him from whose hand it came. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

A town, before it can be plundered and deserted, must first be taken; and in this particular Venus has borrowed a law from her consort Mars. A woman that wishes to retain her suitor must keep him in the trenches; for this is a siege which the besieger never raises for want of supplies, since a feast is more fatal to love than a fast, and a surfeit than a starvation. Inanition may cause it to die a slow death, but repletion always destroys it by a sudden one. [ Colton ]

You can throw yourselves away. You can become of no use in the universe except for a warning. You can lose your souls. Oh, what a loss is that! The perversion and degradation of every high and immortal power for an eternity! And shall this be true of any one of you? Will you be lost when One has come from heaven, traveling in the greatness of His strength, and with garments dyed in blood, on purpose to guide you home - home to a Father's house - to an eternal home? [ Mark Hopkins ]

Rare almost as great poets, rarer, perhaps, than veritable saints and martyrs, are consummate men of business. A man, to be excellent in this way, requires a great knowledge of character, with that exquisite tact which feels unerringly the right moment when to act. A discreet rapidity must pervade all the movements of his thought and action. He must be singularly free from vanity, and is generally found to be an enthusiast who has the art to conceal his enthusiasm. [ Helps ]

What profusion is there in His work! When trees blossom there is not a single breastpin, but a whole bosom full of gems; and of leaves they have so many suits that they can throw them away to the winds all summer long. What unnumbered cathedrals has He reared in the forest shades, vast and grand, full of curious carvings, and haunted evermore by tremulous music; and in the heavens above, how do stars seem to have flown out of His hand faster than sparks out of a mighty forge! [ Beecher ]

Love is the river of life in this world. Think not that ye know it who stand at the little tinkling rill, the first small fountain. Not until you have gone through the rocky gorges, and not lost the stream; not until you have gone through the meadow, and the stream has widened and deepened until fleets could ride on its bosom; not until beyond the meadow you have come to the unfathomable ocean, and poured your treasures into its depths - not until then can you know what love is. [ Henry Ward Beecher ]

There are chords in the human heart - strange varying strings - which are only struck by accident; which will remain mute and senseless to appeals the most passionate and earnest, and respond at last to the slightest casual touch. In the most insensible or childish minds there is some train of reflection which art can seldom lead or skill assist, but which will reveal itself, as great truths have done, by chance, and when the discoverer has the plainest and simplest end in view. [ Dickens ]

We have no permanent habits until we are forty. Then they begin to harden, presently they petrify, then business begins. Since forty I have been regular about going to bed and getting up - and that is one of the main things. I have made it a rule to go to bed when there wasn't anybody left to sit up with; and I have made it a rule to get up when I had to. This has resulted in an unswerving regularity of irregularity. It has saved me sound, but it would injure another person. [ Mark Twain, Seventieth Birthday speech ]

It is good for any man to be alone with nature and himself, or with a friend who knows when silence is more sociable than talk, In the wilderness alone, there where nature worships God. It is well to be in places where man is little and God is great, where what he sees all around him has the same look as it had a thousand years ago, and will have the same, in all likelihood, when he has been a thousand years in his grave. It abates and rectifies a man, if he is worth the process. [ Sydney Smith ]

When the desire of wealth is taking hold of the heart, let us look round and see how it operates upon those whose industry or fortune has obtained it. When we find them oppressed with their own abundance, luxurious with out pleasure, idle without ease, impatient and querulous in themselves, and despised or hated by the rest of mankind, we shall soon be convinced that if the real wants of our condition are satisfied, there remains little to be sought with solicitude or desired with eagerness. [ Dr. Johnson ]

If we wish to know the political and moral condition of a state, we must ask what rank women hold in it; their influence embraces the whole of life; a wife! - a mother! - two magical words, comprising the sweetest source of man's felicity; theirs is a reign of beauty, of love, of reason, - always a reign! a man takes counsel with his wife, he obeys his mother; he obeys her long after she has ceased to live; and the ideas which he has received from her become principles stronger even than his passions. [ Aime Martin ]

The names of great painters are like passing-bells: in the name of Velasquez you hear sounded the fall of Spain; in the name of Titian, that of Venice; in the name of Leonardo, that of Milan; in the name of Raphael, that of Rome. And there is profound justice in this, for in proportion to the nobleness of the power is the guilt of its use for purposes vain or vile; and hitherto the greater the art, the more surely has it been used, and used solely, for the decoration of pride or the provoking of sensuality. [ Ruskin ]

Pride looks back upon its past deeds, and calculating with nicety what it has done, it commits itself to rest; whereas humility looks to that which is before, and discovering how much ground remains to be trodden, it is active and vigilant. Having gained one height, pride looks down with complacency on that which is beneath it; humility looks up to a higher and yet higher elevation. The one keeps us on this earth, which is congenial to its nature; the other directs our eye, and tends to lift us up to heaven. [ James McCosh ]

No process is so fatal as that which would cast all men in one mould. Every human being is intended to have a character of his own, to be what no other is, to do what no other can do. Our common nature is to be unfolded in unbounded diversities. It is rich enough for infinite manifestations. It is to wear innumerable forms of beauty and glory. Every human being has a work to carry on within, duties to perform abroad, influences to exert, which are peculiarly his, and which no conscience but his own can teach. [ Channing ]

Let us now suppose that in the mind of each man there is an aviary of all sorts of birds some flocking together apart from the rest, others in small groups, others solitary, flying anywhere and everywhere. . . . We may suppose that the birds are kinds of knowledge, and that when we were children, this receptacle was empty; whenever a man has gotten and detained in the enclosure a kind of knowledge, he may be said to have learned or discovered the thing which is the subject of the knowledge: and this is to know. [ Dialogues, Theaetetus ]

The desire of excellence is the necessary attribute of those who excel. We work little for a thing unless we wish for it. But we cannot of ourselves estimate the degree of our success in what we strive for; that task is left to others. With the desire for excellence comes, therefore, the desire for approbation. And this distinguishes intellectual excellence from moral excellence; for the latter has no necessity of human tribunal; it is more inclined to shrink from the public than to invite the public to be its judge. [ Bulwer-Lytton ]

Those who worship gold in a world so corrupt as this we live in have at least one thing to plead in defense of their idolatry - the power of their idol. It is true that, like other idols, it can neither move, see, hear, feel, nor understand; but, unlike other idols, it has often communicated all these powers to those who had them not, and annihilated them in those who had. This idol can boast of two peculiarities; it is worshipped in all climates, without a single temple, and by all classes, without a single hypocrite. [ Colton ]

There is a hand that has no heart in it, there is a claw or paw, a flipper or fin, a bit of wet cloth to take hold of, a piece of unbaked dough on the cook's trencher, a cold clammy thing we recoil from, or greedy clutch with the heat of sin, which we drop as a burning coal. What a scale from the talon to the horn of plenty, is this human palmleaf! Sometimes it is what a knifeshaped, thin-bladed tool we dare not grasp, or like a poisonous thing we shake off, or unclean member, which, white as it may look, we feel polluted by! [ C. A. Bartol ]

Wisdom is a fox who, after long hunting, will at last cost you the pains to dig out; it is a cheese, which, by how much the richer, has the thicker, the homlier, and the coarser coat; and whereof to a judicious palate, the maggots are best. It is a sack posset, wherein the deeper you go, you'll find it the sweeter. Wisdom is a hen, whose cackling we must value and consider, because it is attended with an egg. But lastly, it is a nut, which, unless you choose with judgment, may cost you a tooth, and pay you with nothing but a worm. [ Swift ]

I have very often lamented and hinted my sorrow, in several speculations, that the art of painting is made so little use of to the improvement of manners. When we consider that it places the action of the person represented in the most agreeable aspect imaginable, - that it does not only express the passion or concern as it sits upon him who is drawn, but has under those features the height of the painter's imagination, - what strong images of virtue and humanity might we not expect would be instilled into the mind from the labors of the pencil! [ Steele ]

Today it is all of sixty years since I began to smoke the limit. I have never bought cigars with life-belts around them. I early found that those were too expensive for me: I have always bought cheap cigars - reasonably cheap, at any rate. Sixty years ago they cost me four dollars a barrel, but my taste has improved, latterly, and I pay seven, now. Six or seven. Seven, I think. Yes; it's seven. But that includes the barrel. I often have smoking-parties at my house; but the people that come have always just taken the pledge. I wonder why that is? [ Mark Twain, Seventieth Birthday speech ]

The man who makes a success of an important venture never waits for the crowd. He strikes out for himself. It takes nerve, it takes a great lot of grit; but the man that succeeds has both. Anyone can fail. The public admires the man who has enough confidence in himself to take a chance. These chances are the main things after all. The man who tries to succeed must expect to be criticised. Nothing important was ever done but the greater number consulted previously doubted the possibility. Success is the accomplishment of that which most people think can't be done. [ C. V. White ]

The first being that rushes to the recollection of a soldier or a sailor, in his heart's difficulty, is his mother; she clings to his memory and affection in the midst of all the f orgetf ulness and hardihood induced by a roving life; the last message he leaves is for her; his last whisper breathes her name. The mother, as she instills the lessons of piety and filial obligation into the heart of her infant son, should always feel that her labor is not in vain. She may drop into the grave, but she has left behind her influences that will work for her. The bow is broken, but the arrow is sped, and will do its ofiice. [ A. H. Motte ]

True hope is based on energy of character. A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope, because it knows the mutability of human affairs and how slight a circumstance may change the whole course of events. Such a spirit, too, rests upon itself, it is not confined to partial views, or to one particular object. And if at last all should be lost, it has saved itself, its own integrity and worth. Hope awakens courage, while despondency is the last of all evils, it is the abandonment of good, the giving up of the battle of life with dead nothingness. He who can implant courage in the human soul is the best physician. [ Von Knebel (German), Translated by Mrs. Austin ]

I have made it a rule never to smoke more than one cigar at a time. I have no other restriction as regards smoking. I do not know just when I began to smoke, I only know that it was in my father's lifetime, and that I was discreet. He passed from this life early in 1847, when I was a shade past eleven; ever since then I have smoked publicly. As an example to others, and - not that I care for moderation myself, it has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep, and never to refrain when awake. It is a good rule. I mean, for me; but some of you know quite well that it wouldn't answer for everybody that's trying to get to be seventy. [ Mark Twain, Seventieth Birthday speech ]

My friends, if you had but the power of looking into the future you might see that great things may come of little things. There is the great ocean, holding the navies of the world, which comes from little drops of water no larger than a woman's tears. There are the great constellations in the sky, made up of little bits of stars. Oh, if you could consider his future you might see that he might become the greatest poet of the universe, the greatest warrior the world has ever known, greater than Caesar, than Hannibal, than--er--er" (turning to the father) - What's his name? The father hesitated, then whispered back: His name? Well, his name is Mary Ann. [ Mark Twain, Educations and Citizenship ]

My method has been simply this - to think well on the subject which I had to deal with and when thoroughly impressed with it and acquainted with it in all its details, to write away without stopping to choose a word, leaving a blank where I was at a loss for it; to express myself as simply as possible in vernacular English, and afterwards to go through what I had written, striking out all redundancies, and substituting, when possible, simpler and more English words for those I might have written. I found that by following this method I could generally reduce very considerably in length what I had put on paper without sacrificing anything of importance or rendering myself less intelligible. [ Sir Austen Henry Layard, The Art of Authorship, 1891 ]

Since I was seven years old I have seldom take, a dose of medicine, and have still seldomer needed one. But up to seven I lived exclusively on allopathic medicines. Not that I needed them, for I don't think I did; it was for economy; my father took a drug-store for a debt, and it made cod-liver oil cheaper than the other breakfast foods. We had nine barrels of it, and it lasted me seven years. Then I was weaned. The rest of the family had to get along with rhubarb and ipecac and such things, because I was the pet. I was the first Standard Oil Trust. I had it all. By the time the drugstore was exhausted my health was established, and there has never been much the matter with me since. [ Mark Twain, Seventieth Birthday speech ]

With whatever respect and admiration a child may regard a father, whose example has called forth his energies, and animated him in his various pursuits, he turns with greater affection and intenser love to a kind-hearted mother; the same emotion follows him through life; and when the changing vicissitudes of after years have removed his parents from him, seldom does the remembrance of his mother occur to his mind, unaccompanied by the most affectionate recollections. Show me a man, though his brow be furrowed, and his hair grey, who has forgotten his mother, and I shall suspect that something is going on wrong within him; either his memory is impaired, or a hard heart is beating in his bosom. [ Mogridge ]

Why has the beneficent Creator scattered over the face of the earth such a profusion of beautiful flowers? Why is it that every landscape has its appropriate flowers, every nation its national flowers, every rural home its home flowers? Why do flowers enter and shed their perfume over every scene of life, from the cradle to the grave? Why are flowers made to utter all voices of joy and sorrow in all varying scenes? It is that flowers have in themselves a real and natural significance; they have a positive relation to man; they correspond to actual emotions; they have their mission - a mission of love and mercy; they have their language, and from the remotest ages this language has found its interpreters. [ Henrietta Dumont ]

No woman is a genius: women are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say, but they say it charmingly. They represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals. There are only two kinds of women, the plain and the colored. The plain women are very useful. If you want to gain a reputation for respectability you have merely to take them down to supper. The other women are very charming. They commit one mistake, however. They paint in order to try to look young. Our grandmothers painted in order to try to talk brilliantly. Rouge and esprit used to go together. That has all gone out now. As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter she is perfectly satisfied. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]

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The 57 Highest Scoring Words With Friends™ Plays Using The Letters In has


Words containing the sequence has

Words with has in them (281 words)


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Longer words containing has


ahas brouhahas

alphas alphasignal alphasignals

alphas pentalphas

aphasia acataphasia

aphasia ataxiaphasia

aphasic acataphasic

aphasic anaphasic



chase chased outchased

chase chased purchased copurchased

chase chased purchased overpurchased

chase chased purchased repurchased prepurchased

chase chased purchased underpurchased

chase chased unchased

chase chaser chasers purchasers copurchasers

chase chaser chasers purchasers prepurchasers

chase chaser chasers steeplechasers

chase chaser purchaser copurchaser copurchasers

chase chaser purchaser prepurchaser prepurchasers

chase chaser purchaser purchasers copurchasers

chase chaser purchaser purchasers prepurchasers

chase chaser steeplechaser steeplechasers

chase chases outchases

chase chases purchases copurchases

chase chases purchases overpurchases

chase chases purchases repurchases prepurchases

chase chases purchases stockpurchases

chase chases steeplechases

chase outchase outchased

chase outchase outchases

chase purchase copurchase copurchased

chase purchase copurchase copurchaser copurchasers

chase purchase copurchase copurchases

chase purchase overpurchase overpurchased

chase purchase overpurchase overpurchases

chase purchase purchased copurchased

chase purchase purchased overpurchased

chase purchase purchased repurchased prepurchased

chase purchase purchased underpurchased

chase purchase purchaser copurchaser copurchasers

chase purchase purchaser prepurchaser prepurchasers

chase purchase purchaser purchasers copurchasers

chase purchase purchaser purchasers prepurchasers

chase purchase purchases copurchases

chase purchase purchases overpurchases

chase purchase purchases repurchases prepurchases

chase purchase purchases stockpurchases

chase purchase repurchase prepurchase prepurchased

chase purchase repurchase prepurchase prepurchaser prepurchasers

chase purchase repurchase prepurchase prepurchases

chase purchase repurchase repurchased prepurchased

chase purchase repurchase repurchases prepurchases

chase purchase stockpurchase stockpurchases

chase steeplechase steeplechaser steeplechasers

chase steeplechase steeplechases

chasing outchasing

chasing purchasing copurchasing

chasing purchasing overpurchasing

chasing purchasing repurchasing prepurchasing

chasing steeplechasing

chasm chasmophyte chasmophytes

chasm chasmophytic

chasm chasms

chassepot chassepots

chassignite chassignites


chastisable unchastisable

chastise chastised unchastised

chastise chastisement chastisements

chastise chastiser chastisers

chastise chastises




chastizable unchastizable

chastize chastized

chastize chastizement chastizements

chastize chastizer chastizers

chastize chastizes


chasuble chasubles

dexamethasone dexamethasones

dichasia dichasial dichasially



emphasis deemphasis deemphasisation

emphasis deemphasis deemphasise deemphasised

emphasis deemphasis deemphasise deemphasiser deemphasisers

emphasis deemphasis deemphasise deemphasises

emphasis deemphasis deemphasising

emphasis emphasisation deemphasisation

emphasis emphasise deemphasise deemphasised

emphasis emphasise deemphasise deemphasiser deemphasisers

emphasis emphasise deemphasise deemphasises

emphasis emphasise emphasised deemphasised

emphasis emphasise emphasised misemphasised

emphasis emphasise emphasised overemphasised

emphasis emphasise emphasised reemphasised

emphasis emphasise emphasised underemphasised

emphasis emphasise emphasised unemphasised

emphasis emphasise emphasiser deemphasiser deemphasisers

emphasis emphasise emphasiser emphasisers deemphasisers

emphasis emphasise emphasiser emphasisers reemphasisers

emphasis emphasise emphasiser reemphasiser reemphasisers

emphasis emphasise emphasises deemphasises

emphasis emphasise emphasises misemphasises

emphasis emphasise emphasises overemphasises

emphasis emphasise emphasises reemphasises

emphasis emphasise emphasises underemphasises

emphasis emphasise misemphasise misemphasised

emphasis emphasise misemphasise misemphasises

emphasis emphasise overemphasise overemphasised

emphasis emphasise overemphasise overemphasises

emphasis emphasise reemphasise reemphasised

emphasis emphasise reemphasise reemphasiser reemphasisers

emphasis emphasise reemphasise reemphasises

emphasis emphasise underemphasise underemphasised

emphasis emphasise underemphasise underemphasises

emphasis emphasising deemphasising

emphasis emphasising misemphasising

emphasis emphasising overemphasising

emphasis emphasising reemphasising

emphasis emphasising underemphasising

emphasis emphasising unemphasising

emphasis misemphasis misemphasise misemphasised

emphasis misemphasis misemphasise misemphasises

emphasis misemphasis misemphasising

emphasis overemphasis overemphasise overemphasised

emphasis overemphasis overemphasise overemphasises

emphasis overemphasis overemphasising

emphasis reemphasis reemphasise reemphasised

emphasis reemphasis reemphasise reemphasiser reemphasisers

emphasis reemphasis reemphasise reemphasises

emphasis reemphasis reemphasising

emphasis underemphasis underemphasise underemphasised

emphasis underemphasis underemphasise underemphasises

emphasis underemphasis underemphasising

emphasization deemphasization

emphasize deemphasize deemphasized

emphasize deemphasize deemphasizer deemphasizers

emphasize deemphasize deemphasizes

emphasize emphasized deemphasized

emphasize emphasized misemphasized

emphasize emphasized nonemphasized

emphasize emphasized overemphasized

emphasize emphasized reemphasized

emphasize emphasized underemphasized

emphasize emphasized unemphasized

emphasize emphasizer deemphasizer deemphasizers

emphasize emphasizer emphasizers deemphasizers

emphasize emphasizer emphasizers overemphasizers

emphasize emphasizer emphasizers reemphasizers

emphasize emphasizer overemphasizer overemphasizers

emphasize emphasizer reemphasizer reemphasizers

emphasize emphasizes deemphasizes

emphasize emphasizes misemphasizes

emphasize emphasizes overemphasizes

emphasize emphasizes reemphasizes

emphasize emphasizes underemphasizes

emphasize misemphasize misemphasized

emphasize misemphasize misemphasizes

emphasize overemphasize overemphasized

emphasize overemphasize overemphasizer overemphasizers

emphasize overemphasize overemphasizes

emphasize reemphasize reemphasized

emphasize reemphasize reemphasizer reemphasizers

emphasize reemphasize reemphasizes

emphasize underemphasize underemphasized

emphasize underemphasize underemphasizes

emphasizing deemphasizing

emphasizing misemphasizing

emphasizing overemphasizing

emphasizing reemphasizing

emphasizing underemphasizing

emphasizing unemphasizing









hasbeen hasbeens

hash hashed rehashed

hash hashes rehashes

hash hashing rehashing

hash hashish

hash hashmark hashmarks

hash hashtag hashtags

hash rehash rehashed

hash rehash rehashes

hash rehash rehashing

hasp hasps

hasp unhasped

hassium hassiums

hassle hassles


hastate hastately

haste chaste chastely unchastely

haste chaste chasten chastened unchastened

haste chaste chasten chasteness unchasteness

haste chaste chasten chastening

haste chaste chasten chastens

haste chaste chaster unchaster

haste chaste chastest unchastest

haste chaste unchaste unchastely

haste chaste unchaste unchastened

haste chaste unchaste unchasteness

haste chaste unchaste unchaster

haste chaste unchaste unchastest

haste hasted

haste hasten chasten chastened unchastened

haste hasten chasten chasteness unchasteness

haste hasten chasten chastening

haste hasten chasten chastens

haste hasten hastened chastened unchastened

haste hasten hastening chastening

haste hasten hastens chastens

haste hastes chastest unchastest

haste posthaste





hasty overhasty





monochasia monochasial






phase anaphase anaphases

phase biphase biphased

phase dikaryophase dikaryophases

phase interphase interphases

phase metaphase

phase monokaryophase monokaryophases

phase multiphase

phase phasechange phasechanged

phase phasechange phasechanger phasechangers

phase phasechange phasechanges

phase phasechanging

phase phasecontrast

phase phased biphased

phase phased nonphased

phase phaseinversion

phase phaseinverter phaseinverters

phase phaseolin phaseolins

phase phaseout phaseouts

phase phases anaphases

phase phases dikaryophases

phase phases emphases deemphases

phase phases emphases misemphases

phase phases emphases reemphases

phase phases emphases underemphases

phase phases interphases

phase phases monokaryophases

phase phases phaseshift phaseshifted

phase phases phaseshift phaseshifter phaseshifters

phase phases phaseshift phaseshifting phaseshiftings

phase phases phaseshift phaseshifts

phase phases prophases

phase phases subphases

phase phases telophases

phase photophase

phase polyphase

phase prophase preprophase

phase prophase prophases

phase solidphase

phase subphase subphases

phase telophase telophases

phase twophase


phasmophobe phasmophobes


phasmophobic phasmophobics




rickshas jinrickshas

stochastic stochastical stochastically

stochastic stochasticity

stochastic stochastics

synthase synthases