Quotations for upon

You sit upon thorns. [ Proverb ]

To borrow upon usury
Brings on beggary. [ Proverb ]

Live upon trust,
And pay double you must. [ Proverb ]

As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean. [ Coleridge ]

Jealousy lives upon doubts. [ Rochefoucauld ]

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 ]

He lighted upon a lime-twig. [ Proverb ]

Virtue is built upon itself. [ Proverb ]

The trickling rain doth fall
Upon us one and all;
The south-wind kisses
The saucy milk-maid's cheek.
The nun's, demure and meek,
Nor any misses. [ E. C. Stedman ]

Society is built upon trust. [ South ]

But O, she dances such a way!
No sun upon an Easter-day,
Is half so fine a sight. [ Sir John Suckling ]

Two hands upon the breast.
And labor's done;
Two pale feet cross'd in rest.
The race is won. [ D. M. Mulock ]

May earth lie light upon thee.

Cunning borders upon ill craft. [ Proverb ]

We must not stand upon trifles. [ Cervantes ]

True as the dial to the sun,
Although it be not shin'd upon. [ Butler ]

I gaze upon the thousand stars
That fill the midnight sky;
And wish, so passionately wish,
A light like theirs on high.
I have such eagerness of hope
To benefit my kind;
I feel as if immortal power
Were given to my mind. [ Miss Landon ]

A gray eye is a sly eye,
And roguish is a brown eye,-
Turn full upon me thy eye,-
Ah, how its wavelets drown one!
A blue eye is a true eye;
Mysterious is a dark one,
Which flashes like a spark-sun!
A black eye is the best one. [ W. R. Alger ]

And so upon this wise I prayed -
Great Spirit, give to me
A heaven not so large as yours
But large enough for me. [ Emily Dickinson ]

Trust in God upon good security. [ Spanish Proverb ]

Earth proudly wears the Parthenon
As the best gem upon her zone. [ Emerson ]

Sleep shall neither night nor day
Hang upon his pent-house lid. [ William Shakespeare ]

Shall I lay perjury upon my soul?
No, not for Venice! [ William Shakespeare ]

We wander there, we wander here,
We eye the rose upon the brier,
Unmindful that the thorn is near,
Amang the leaves. [ Burns ]

Oft in the tranquil hour of night
When stars illume the sky,
I gaze upon each orb of light.
And wish that thou wert by. [ George Linley ]

Jeer not others upon any occasion. [ South ]

Come, lay thy head upon my breast,
And I will kiss thee unto rest. [ Byron ]

And silver white the river gleams,
As if Diana in her dreams,
Had dropt her silver bow
Upon the meadows low. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Endymion ]

When all the sins are old in us.
And go upon crutches, covetousness
Does but lie in her cradle. [ Decker ]

A light broke in upon my soul -
It was the carol of a bird;
It ceased - and then it came again
The sweetest song ear ever heard. [ Byron ]

Your mind is upon chasing of mice. [ Proverb ]

Wine and youth are fire upon fire. [ Fielding ]

Put himself upon his good behavior. [ Byron ]

Great fleas have little fleas
Upon their backs to bite 'em;
And little fleas have lesser fleas,
And so ad infinitum. [ Lowell ]

I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
For daws to peck at;
I am not what I am. [ William Shakespeare ]

History is but a fable agreed upon. [ Napoleon I ]

To go upon the Franciscans' hackney. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

She that with poetry is won.
Is but a desk to write upon;
And what men say of her they mean
No more than on the thing they lean. [ Butler ]

He wears the rose of youth upon him. [ William Shakespeare ]

Lay the saddle upon the right horse. [ Proverb ]

The first men that our Saviour dear
Did choose to wait upon Him here,
Blest fishers were; and fish the last
Food was, that He on earth did taste:
I therefore strive to follow those,
Whom He to follow Him hath chose. [ Izaak Walton ]

Love can be founded upon Nature only. [ Shenstone ]

He lived upon dew like a grasshopper. [ Proverb ]

She listen'd with a flitting blush.
With downcast eyes, and modest grace,
For well she knew I could not choose
But gaze upon her face. [ Coleridge ]

Death upon his face
Is rather shine than shade,
A tender shine by looks beloved made. [ Mrs. Browning ]

Wisdom rises upon the ruins of folly. [ Proverb ]

Borrow not too much upon time to come. [ Proverb ]

O, that I were a glove upon that hand.
That I might touch that cheek! [ William Shakespeare ]

That is the old tune upon the bagpipe. [ Proverb ]

Hypocritical honesty goes upon stilts. [ Proverb ]

Light is the burden love lays on;
Content and love brings peace and joy,
What mair hae queens upon a throne? [ Burns ]

O! as a bee upon the flower, I hang
Upon the honey of thy eloquent tongue. [ Bulwer ]

Presume to lay their hand upon the ark
Of her magnificent and awful cause. [ Cowper ]

He was a man, take him for all in all,
I shall not look upon his like again. [ William Shakespeare, Hamlet ]

As pert as a frog upon a washing-block. [ Proverb ]

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 ]

Stand not upon the order of your going,
But go at once. [ William Shakespeare ]

Hang not all your bells upon one horse. [ Proverb ]

No man can stand always upon his guard. [ Proverb ]

Good taste consists first upon fitness. [ George William Curtis ]

Gone is gone; no Jew will lend upon it. [ German Proverb ]

Live not upon the opinion of other men. [ Proverb ]

Dirt is dirtiest upon clean white linen. [ Proverb ]

Let not the sun go down upon your wrath. [ Bible ]

Oh, if there is one thing above the rest
Written in Wisdom - if there is a word
That I would trace as with a pen of fire
Upon the unsullied temper of a child —
If there is anything that keeps the mind
Open to angel visits, and repels
The ministry of ill - It is Love. [ N. P. Willis ]

The light upon her face
Shines from the windows of another world
Saints only have such faces. [ Longfellow ]

Fame - a flower upon a dead man's heart. [ Motherwell ]

Blessings are upon the head of the just. [ Bible ]

To fly upon plunder and lose the battle. [ Proverb ]

He fell upon whatever was offered, like
A priest, a shark, an alderman, or pike. [ Byron ]

Her hair is bound with myrtle leaves,
(Green leaves upon her golden hair!),
Green grasses through the yellow sheaves
Of autumn corn are not more fair. [ Oscar Wilde ]

Prisoned in a parlour snug and small,
Like bottled wasps upon a southern wall. [ Cowper ]

The music highest bordering upon heaven. [ Lamb ]

Every tub must stand upon its own bottom. [ Bunyan ]

Judgment is forced upon us by experience. [ Johnson ]

Once more upon the waters! yet once more!
And the waves bound beneath me as a steed
That knows his rider. [ Byron ]

Every one lays his faults upon the times. [ Proverb ]

Divinity hath oftentimes descended
Upon our slumbers, and the blessed troupes
Have, in the calm and quiet of the soule,
Conversed with us. [ Shirley ]

Sweet sleep be with us, one and all!
And if upon its stillness fall
The visions of a busy brain.
We'll have our pleasure over again.
To warm the heart, to charm the sight,
Gay dreams to all! good night, good night. [ Joanna Baillie ]

The life of a wit is a warfare upon earth. [ Pope ]

Sacrifice not your heart upon every altar. [ Proverb ]

Reason is a firm foundation to build upon. [ Proverb ]

He that lives upon hopes will die fasting. [ Benjamin Franklin ]

Death lies on her like an untimely frost
Upon the sweetest flower of all the field. [ William Shakespeare ]

There is in souls a sympathy with sounds;
How soft the music of those village bells.
Falling at intervals upon the ear,
In cadence sweet, now dying all away. [ Cowper ]

Everything in this world depends upon will. [ Earl of Beaconsfield ]

The black ox never yet trod upon your feet. [ Proverb ]

An oath, an oath, I have an oath in heaven:
Shall I lay perjury upon my soul?
No, not for Venice. [ William Shakespeare ]

When Fortune means to men most good,
She looks upon them with a threatening eye. [ William Shakespeare ]

Like a cat, he'll still fall upon his legs. [ Proverb ]

Living upon trust is the way to pay double. [ Proverb ]

His eye is upon every hour of my existence. [ Chalmers ]

How sweetly did they float upon the wings
Of silence through the empty-vaulted night.
At every fall smoothing the raven down
Of darkness till it smiled! [ Milton ]

You have too much respect upon the world:
They lose it that do buy it with much care. [ William Shakespeare ]

You have not lived all your time upon nuts. [ Proverb ]

Let him set up a shop upon Goodwin's sands. [ Proverb ]

Why so large cost, having so short a lease,
Dost thou upon thy fading mansion spend? [ Shakespeare ]

Stamps God's own name upon a lie just made.
To turn a penny in the way of trade. [ Cowper ]

That but this blow
Might be the be-all and the end-all here,
But here, upon this bank and shoal of time,
We'd jump the life to come. [ William Shakespeare, Macbeth ]

I look upon indolence as a sort of suicide. [ Chesterfield ]

The Raven's house is built with reeds, -
Sing woe, and alas is me!
And the Raven's couch is spread with weeds,
High on the hollow tree;
And the Raven himself, telling his beads
In penance for his past misdeeds.
Upon the top I see. [ Thos. Darcy McGee ]

If a man once fall, all will tread upon him. [ Proverb ]

I pray you, let none of your people stir me;
I have an exposition of sleep come upon me. [ William Shakespeare ]

A hog upon trust grunts till he is paid for. [ Proverb ]

Danger and delight grow both upon one stock. [ Proverb ]

He pins his faith upon another man's sleeve. [ Proverb ]

He mounts the storm and walks upon the wind. [ Pope ]

But the rose leaves herself upon the brier
For winds to kiss and grateful bees to feed. [ Keats ]

Oftentimes, excusing of a fault
Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse;
As patches, set upon a little breach.
Discredit more in hiding of the fault,
Than did the fault before it was so patched. [ William Shakespeare ]

Upon her wit doth earthly honours wait,
And virtue stoops and trembles at her frown. [ William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus, Act II. Sc.1 ]

In solitude the passions feed upon the heart. [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

Upon her face there was the tint of grief,
The settled shadow of an inward strife,
And an unquiet drooping of the eye.
As if its lid were charged with unshed tears. [ Byron ]

For thoughts are so great - aren't they, sir?
They seem to lie upon us like a deep flood. [ George Eliot ]

Yet is there one more cursed than they all.
That canker-worm, that monster, jealousie,
Which eats the heart and feeds upon the gall,
Turning all love's delight to misery.
Through fear of losing his felicity. [ Spenser ]

The rose saith in the dewy morn,
I am most fair; Yet all my loveliness is born
Upon a thorn. [ Christina G. Rossetti ]

It is hard to turn tack upon a narrow bridge. [ Proverb ]

O sleep, thou ape of death, lie dull upon her
And be her sense but as a monument. [ William Shakespeare ]

I pity bashful men, who feel the pain,
Of fancied scorn and undeserved disdain,
And bear the marks upon a blushing face,
Of needless shame, and self-imposed disgrace. [ Cowper ]

Let fame, that all hunt after in their lives.
Live registered upon our brazen tombs. [ William Shakespeare ]

'Tis good for men to love their present pains
Upon example; so the spirit is eased. [ William Shakespeare ]

Thy spirit within thee hath been so at war.
And thus hath so bestirr'd thee in thy sleep
That beads of sweat have stood upon thy brow
Like bubbles in a late-disturbed stream:
And in thy face strange motions have appear'd,
Such as we see when men restrain their breath
On some great sudden haste. [ William Shakespeare ]

Better have a dog fawn upon you than bite you. [ Proverb ]

Love the sea? I dote upon it - from the beach. [ Douglas Jerrold ]

Dreams in their development have breath,
And tears, and tortures, and the touch of joy.
They have a weight upon our waking thoughts,
They take a weight from off our waking toils,
They do divide our being. [ Byron ]

A pensive soul feeds upon nothing but bitters. [ Proverb ]

Although my cares do hang upon my soul
Like mines of lead, the greatness of my spirit
Shall shake the sullen weight off. [ Clapthorne ]

Canst thou not minster to a mind diseased;
Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow;
Raze out the written troubles of the brain;
And, with some sweet oblivious antidote,
Cleanse the foul bosom of that perilous stuff,
Which weighs upon the heart? [ William Shakespeare ]

Hopes delayed hang the heart upon tenterhooks. [ Proverb ]

Grief still treads upon the heels of Pleasure. [ Congreve ]

How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank! [ William Shakespeare ]

Life's but a walking shadow; a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more! It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing. [ William Shakespeare, Macbeth ]

Both folly and wisdom come upon us with years. [ Proverb ]

You shall never clap a padlock upon my tongue. [ Proverb ]

The crackling embers on the hearth are dead;
The indoor note of industry is still;
The latch is fast; upon the window-sill
The small birds wait not for their daily bread;
The voiceless flowers - how quietly they shed
Their nightly odours; - and the household rill
Murmurs continuous dulcet sounds that fill
The vacant expectation, and the dread
Of listening night. [ Hartley Coleridge ]

The immortal mind, superior to his fate.
Amid the outrage of external things,
Firm as the solid base of this great world.
Rests on his own foundation. Blow, ye winds!
Ye waves! ye thunders! roll your tempests on!
Shake, ye old pillars of the marble sky!
Till at its orbs and all its worlds of fire
Be loosen'd from their seats; yet still serene,
The unconquer'd mind looks down upon the wreck;
And ever stronger as the storms advance,
Firm through the closing ruin holds his way,
When nature calls him to the destined goal. [ Akenside ]

Evil, like a rolling stone upon a mountain-top,
A child may first impel, a giant cannot stop. [ Trench ]

Then fell upon the house a sudden gloom,
A shadow on those features fair and thin;
And softly, from that hushed and darkened room,
Two angels issued, where but one went in. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

He that lies upon the ground can fall no lower. [ Proverb ]

If you are wise, and prize your peace of mind,
Believe me true, nor listen to your Jealousy,
Let not that devil which undoes your sex,
That cursed curiosity seduce you
To hunt for needless secrets, which, neglected,
Shall never hurt your quiet, but once known
Shall sit upon your heart, pinch it with pain,
And banish sweet sleep forever from you. [ Rowe ]

Errors, like straws, upon the surface flow;
He who would search for pearls must dive below. [ Dryden ]

Man is a carnivorous production,
And must have meals, at least one meal a day;
He cannot live, like woodcocks, upon suction.
But, like the shark and tiger, must have prey.
Although his anatomical construction
Bears vegetables, in a grumbling way,
Your laboring people think beyond all question,
Beef, veal, and mutton better for digestion. [ Byron ]

Canst thou not minister to a mind diseas'd,
Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow,
Raze out the written troubles of the brain?
And with some sweet oblivious antidote,
Cleanse the stuff'd bosom of that perilous stuff
Which weighs upon the heart? [ William Shakespeare, Macbeth ]

Brutus and Caesar: what should be in Caesar?
Why should that name be sounded more than yours?
Write them together, yours is as fair a name;
Sound them, it doth become the mouth as well;
Weigh them, it is as heavy; conjure with them,
Brutus will start a spirit as soon as Caesar.
Now in the names of all the gods at once,
Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed,
That he is grown so great? [ William Shakespeare ]

Upon her cheeks she wept, and from those showers
Sprang up a sweet nativity of flowers. [ Herrick ]

One height
Showed him the ocean, stretched in liquid light,
And he could hear its multitudinous roar,
Its plunge and hiss upon the pebbled shore. [ George Eliot ]

Here sit I upon the sward wreathed with violets. [ K. Schmidt ]

How many cowards, whose hearts are all as false
As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins
The beards of Hercules and frowning Mars,
Who, inward search'd, have livers white as milk. [ William Shakespeare ]

Patience upon force is a medicine for a mad dog. [ Proverb ]

The colored slave (ink) that waits upon thought. [ Mrs. Balfour ]

Did you ever before hear an ass play upon a lute? [ Proverb ]

So work the honey-bees;
Creatures, that by a rule in nature teach
The art of order to a peopled kingdom.
They have a king and officers of sorts;
Where some, like magistrates, correct at home;
Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad;
Others, like soldiers, armed in their stings,
Make boot upon the summer's velvet buds;
Which pillage they, with merry march, bring home.
To the tent royal of their emperor;
Who, busied in his majesty, surveys
The singing masons building roofs of gold;
The civil citizens kneading up the honey;
The poor mechanic porters crowding in
Their heavy burdens at his narrow gate;
The sad-ey'd justice, with his surly hum.
Delivering over to executors pale
The lazy yawning drone. [ William Shakespeare ]

'Tis a monster begot upon itself, born on itself. [ William Shakespeare ]

He that sups upon sallad goes not to bed fasting. [ Proverb ]

Who upon earth could live were all judged justly? [ Byron ]

It is the life in literature that acts upon life. [ Josiah Gilbert Holland (pseudonym Timothy Titcomb) ]

Honest is the cat when the meat is upon the hook. [ Proverb ]

Sweet is the rose, but grows upon a brere;
Sweet is the juniper, but sharp his bough;
Sweet is the eglantine, but sticketh nere;
Sweet is the firbloome, but its branches rough;
Sweet is the cypress, but its rynd is tough;
Sweet is the nut, but bitter is his pill;
Sweet is the broome-flowre, but yet sowre enough;
And sweet is moly, but his root is ill.
[ Spenser ]

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 ]

The poet is the nearest borderer upon the orator. [ Ben Jonson ]

It is in worldly accidents.
As in the world itself, where things most distant
Meet one another: Thus the east and west.
Upon the globe a mathematical point
Only divides: Thus happiness and misery.
And all extremes, are still contiguous. [ Denham ]

Men generally look more upon decency than virtue. [ Proverb ]

You need not get a golden pen to write upon dirt. [ Proverb ]

And the dream that our mind had sketched in haste
Shall others continue, but never complete.
For none upon earth can achieve his scheme;
The best as the worst are futile here:
We wake at the self-same point of the dream -
All is here begun, and finished elsewhere. [ Victor Hugo ]

Live on, brave lives, chained to the narrow round
Of Duty; live, expend yourselves, and make
The orb of Being wheel onward steadfastly
Upon its path--the Lord of Life alone
Knows to what goal of Good; work on, live on. [ Lewis Morris ]

Two sparrows, upon one ear of wheat, cannot agree. [ Proverb ]

The fountain of my heart dried up within me, -
With nought that loved me, and with nought to love,
I stood upon the desert earth alone.
And in that deep and utter agony,
Though then, then even most unfit to die
I fell upon my knees and prayed for death. [ Maturin ]

All wonder is the effect of novelty upon ignorance. [ Johnson ]

Society rests upon conscience and not upon science. [ Amiel ]

He led on; but thoughts
Seem'd gathering round which troubled him. The veins
Grew visible upon his swarthy brow,
And his proud lip was press'd as if with pain.
He trod less firmly; and his restless eye
Glanc'd forward frequently, as if some ill
He dared not meet were there. [ Willis ]

Words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling like dew upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think. [ Byron ]

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

The joy of Jerusalem depends upon the peace of Zion. [ Proverb ]

Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove;
No! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error, and upon me proved;
I never writ, nor no man ever loved. [ William Shakespeare ]

It is a base thing to tread upon a man that is down. [ Proverb ]

He's as sharp as if he lived upon Tewksbury mustard. [ Proverb ]

Look on the bee upon the wing among flowers;
How brave, how bright his life! then mark him hiv'd,
Cramp'd, cringing in his self-built, social cell,
Thus it is in the world-hive; most where men
Lie deep in cities as in drifts. [ Bailey ]

Guilt is ever at a loss, and confusion waits upon it. [ Congreve ]

Believe that each day is the last to shine upon thee. [ Horace ]

I have heard they are the most lewd impostors,
Made of all terms and shreds, no less beliers
Of great men's favours than their own vile medicines,
Which they will utter upon monstrous oaths;
Selling that drug for two pence ere they part.
Which they have valued at twelve crowns before. [ Ben Jonson ]

We pass our life in deliberation, and we die upon it. [ Pasquier Quesnel ]

Truth, like roses, often blossoms upon a thorny stem. [ Hafiz ]

Take me upon your back and you will know what I weigh. [ Proverb ]

Passion costs too much to bestow it upon every trifle. [ Rev. Thomas Adam ]

The Alphabet Of Success

Attend carefully to details.
Be prompt in all things.
Consider well, then decide positively.
Dare to do right, fear to do wrong.
Endure trials patiently.
Fight life's battles bravely.
Go not into the society of the vicious.
Hold your integrity sacred.
Injure not another's reputation.
Join hands only with the virtuous.
Keep your mind free from evil thoughts.
Lie not for any consideration.
Make few special acquaintances.
Never try to appear what you are not.
Observe good manners.
Pay your debts promptly.
Question not the verity of a friend.
Respect the desires of your parents.
Sacrifice money rather than principle.
Touch not, taste not, handle not intoxicating drinks.
Use your leisure for improvement.
Venture not upon the threshold of wrong.
Watch carefully over your passions.
Xtend to everyone a kindly greeting.
Yield not to discouragement.
Zealously labor for the right, and success is certain. [ Ladies Home Journal ]

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

A man is a man though he have but a hose upon his head. [ Proverb ]

Good nature is the proper soil upon which virtue grows. [ Proverb ]

He gave him a thing of nothing to hang upon his sleeve. [ Proverb ]

The material of thought re-acts upon the thought itself. [ Lowell ]

They love dancing well, that dance barefoot upon thorns. [ Proverb ]

Believe that each day which shines upon you is the last. [ Horace ]

The fate of empires depends upon the education of youth. [ Aristotle ]

What a dust have I raised! quoth the fly upon the coach. [ Proverb ]

The judgment of the world stands upon matter of fortune. [ Sir P. Sidney ]

Ground not upon dreams, you know they are ever contrary. [ Thos. Middleton ]

The morning steals upon the night. Melting the darkness. [ William Shakespeare ]

The flood of time is setting on; we stand upon its brink. [ Shelley ]

The Wise (Minstrel or Sage), out of their books are clay;
But in their books, as from their graves they rise.
Angels - that, side by side, upon our way,
Walk with and warn us! [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

There is no condition but what sits well upon a wise man. [ Proverb ]

Reputation depends less upon ourselves than upon fortune. [ Proverb ]

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

Polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold. [ Chesterfield ]

Virtue is the only ground for friendship to be built upon. [ Proverb ]

Try whether the ice will bear, before you venture upon it. [ Proverb ]

He is no wise man that cannot play the fool upon occasion. [ Proverb ]

Scorn to trample upon a worm or to sneak to be an emperor. [ Saadi ]

He that is kinder than he was wont hath a design upon you. [ Proverb ]

A merchant's happiness hangs upon chance, winds and waves. [ Proverb ]

Enter upon love when you will, but give over when you can. [ Proverb ]

The entreaty of a great man, is putting of a force upon us. [ Proverb ]

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

The robe which curious Nature weaves to hang upon the head. [ Decker ]

And, as she looked around, she saw how Death, the consoler,
Laying his hand upon many a heart, had healed it forever. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

Men, like musical instruments, seem made to be played upon. [ Bovee ]

Caprice in women often infringes upon the rules of decency. [ Bruyere ]

There is a remedy for every thing, could we but hit upon it. [ Proverb ]

He best restrains anger who remembers God's eye is upon him. [ Plato ]

Neither coat nor cloak will hold out against rain upon rain. [ Proverb ]

One woe doth tread upon another's heel, so fast they follow. [ William Shakespeare ]

Craft borders upon knavery; wisdom never uses, nor wants it. [ Proverb ]

Stand firm and immovable as an anvil when it is beaten upon. [ St Ignatius ]

When sharpers prey upon one another, there is no game abroad. [ Proverb ]

How great, my friends, is the virtue of living upon a little! [ Horace ]

People flatter us because they can depend upon our credulity. [ Tacitus ]

To be angry, is to revenge the fault of others upon ourselves. [ Pope ]

It is a foolish bird that stays the laying salt upon her tail. [ Proverb ]

As soon as you have drank, you turn your back upon the spring. [ Proverb ]

A yeoman upon his legs is higher than a prince upon his knees. [ Proverb ]

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

What is said upon a subject is gathered from an hundred people. [ Dr. Johnson ]

And then it started like a guilty thing Upon a fearful summons. [ William Shakespeare ]

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

Upon the heat and flame of thy distemper sprinkle cool patience. [ William Shakespeare ]

He that gives to a worthy person bestows a benefit upon himself. [ Proverb ]

Lay your hand upon your halfpenny twice before you part with it. [ Proverb ]

He that waits upon another's trencher makes many a little dinner. [ Proverb ]

Death borders upon our birth; and our cradle stands in our grave. [ Bishop Hall ]

He that repents of a fault upon right grounds is almost innocent. [ Proverb ]

Sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory. [ Diderot ]

Gentleness and kindness will make our homes a paradise upon earth. [ Bartol ]

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

As water spilt upon the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. [ Bible ]

Soldiers! from yonder pyramids forty centuries look down upon you. [ Napoleon I ]

The whispering breeze pants on the leaves, and dies upon the trees. [ Pope ]

An hypocrite pays tribute to God, only that he may impose upon men. [ Proverb ]

A great man will not trample upon, a worm, nor sneak to an emperor. [ Proverb ]

Poverty treads close upon the heels of great and unexpected wealth. [ Rivarol ]

Be a man!
Bear thine own burden; never think to thrust thy fate upon another. [ Robert Browning ]

Wisdom itself is not ashamed to be sprightly and gay upon occasion. [ Proverb ]

Great grief makes sacred those upon whom its hand is laid.
Joy may elevate, ambition glorify, but sorrow alone can consecrate. [ Horace Greeley ]

Great men are among the best gifts which God bestows upon a people. [ G. S. Hillard ]

If you lie upon roses when young, you will lie upon thorns when old. [ Proverb ]

Careless men let their end steal upon them unawares, and unprovided. [ Proverb ]

That besotting intoxication which verbal magic brings upon the mind. [ South ]

Frugality is founded upon the principle, that all riches have limits. [ Burke ]

It is more commendable to deny upon occasion than to grant upon none. [ Proverb ]

My words are only words, and moved Upon the topmost froth of thought. [ Tennyson ]

Infatuation is the language of a beautiful eye upon a sensitive heart. [ Joseph Bartlett ]

Pleasure can be supported by illusion, but happiness rests upon truth. [ Chamfort ]

Rumor is a vagrant without a home, and lives upon what it can pick up. [ H. W. Shaw ]

Since he cannot be revenged on the ass, he falls upon the pack-saddle. [ Proverb ]

In the night is counsel; take a night to think over it; sleep upon it.

O bed! O bed! delicious bed! That heaven upon earth to the weary head. [ Hood ]

When a man is set upon his own ruin, it is in vain to reason with him. [ Proverb ]

Let there be no inscription upon my tomb; let no man write my epitaph. [ Robert Emmet ]

He will always be a slave, who does not know how to live upon a little. [ Horace ]

Habits leave their impress upon the mind, even after they are given up. [ Spurgeon ]

I have set my life upon a cast, and I will stand the hazard of the die. [ Shakespeare ]

Occasions are rare; and those who know how to seize upon them are rarer. [ H. W. Shaw ]

Don't stand shivering upon the bank; plunge in at once and have it over. [ Haliburton ]

Society depends upon women. The nations who confine them are unsociable. [ Voltaire ]

He is indeed a bold navigator who fearlessly ventures upon unknown seas. [ E. P. Day ]

Fortune never seems so blind as to those upon whom she confers no favors. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Our good purposes foreslowed are become our tormentors upon our deathbed. [ Bishop Hall ]

Duty only frowns when you flee from it; follow it, and it smiles upon you. [ Elizabeth, Queen of Roumania ]

And maketh the clouds his chariot, and walketh upon the wings of the wind. [ Bible ]

A few words upon a tombstone, and the truth of those not to be depended on. [ Bovee ]

He best keeps from anger who remembers that God is always looking upon him. [ Plato ]

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

No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of truth. [ Bacon ]

Human happiness depends mainly upon the improvement of small opportunities. [ J. L. Basford ]

Music, which gentler on the spirit lies than tired eyelids upon tired eyes. [ Tennyson ]

Pitch upon the best course of life, and custom will render it the most easy. [ Tillotson ]

It is our relation to circumstances that determines their influence upon us. [ Bovee ]

Upon thy cheek lay I this zealous kiss, as seal to the indenture of my love. [ William Shakespeare ]

The character of false wit is that of appearing; to depend only upon reason. [ Vauvenargues ]

Successful love takes a load off our hearts, and puts it upon our shoulders, [ Bovee ]

Obedience and resignation are our personal offerings upon the altar of duty. [ Hosea Ballou ]

Too great a display of delicacy can and does sometimes infringe upon decency. [ Balzac ]

Truth is sensitive and jealous of the least encroachment upon its sacredness. [ A. Bronson Alcott ]

The destiny of nations depends upon the manner in which they feed themselves. [ Brillat-Savarin ]

Her beauty hangs upon the cheek of night, as a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear. [ William Shakespeare ]

It is not enjoined upon us to forget, but we are told to forgive our enemies. [ Chapin ]

Friendship needs to be rooted in respect, but love can live upon itself alone. [ Ouida ]

A wife is a gift bestowed upon a man to reconcile him to the loss of paradise. [ Goethe ]

Half a word fixed upon, or near, the spot is worth a cartload of recollection. [ Gray to Palgrave ]

Marriage leaps up upon the saddle, and soon after repentance upon the crupper. [ Proverb ]

O, banish the tears of children! Continual rains upon the blossoms are hurtful. [ Richter ]

Wise and good men invented the laws, but fools and the wicked put them upon it. [ Proverb ]

Habits formed in early life and early education press upon us as we grow older. [ U. S. Grant ]

Once more for pity, that I may keep the flavor upon my lips till we meet again. [ Dryden ]

There was a time when the world acted upon books; now books act upon the world. [ Joubert ]

A mariner must have his eye upon rocks and sands as well as upon the north star. [ Proverb ]

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings! [ Bible ]

Taste depends upon those finer emotions which make the organization of the soul. [ Sir J. Reynolds ]

The magic of the pen lies in the concentration of your thoughts upon one object. [ G. H. Lewes ]

Who would venture upon the journey of life, if compelled to begin it at the end? [ Mme. de Maintenon ]

Anger is like a ruin, which, in falling upon its victim, breaks itself to pieces. [ Seneca ]

You may depend upon it that he is a good man whose intimate friends are all good. [ J. C. Lavater ]

Wit and wisdom differ; wit is upon the sudden turn, wisdom is bringing about ends. [ Selden ]

He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth. [ Bible ]

Weariness can snore upon the flint, when restive sloth finds the down pillow hard. [ William Shakespeare ]

Beauty is such a fleeting blossom, how can wisdom rely upon its momentary delight? [ Seneca ]

Hasten slowly, and without losing heart put your work twenty times upon the anvil. [ Boileau ]

Upon the education of the people of this country the fate of this country depends. [ Benjamin Disraeli ]

It is not possible to found a lasting power upon injustice, perjury, and treachery. [ Demosthenes ]

We understand death for the first time when he puts his hand upon one whom we love. [ Mme. de Stael ]

Let thy mind's sweetness have its operation upon thy body, clothes, and habitation. [ George Herbert ]

The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others. [ Henry Ward Beecher ]

Sweet sleep fell upon his eyelids, unwakeful, most pleasant, the nearest like death. [ Homer ]

Beauty soon grows familiar to the lover, Fades in his eye, and palls upon the sense. [ Addison ]

A man's reputation draws eyes upon him that will narrowly inspect every part of him. [ Addison ]

Humility is the altar upon which God wishes that we should offer Him His sacrifices. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

We believe at once in evil; we only believe in good upon reflection. Is not this sad? [ Madame Deluzy ]

Envy is like a fly that passes all a body's sounder parts, and dwells upon the sores. [ Chapman ]

Clap an extinguisher upon your Irony, if you are unhappily blessed with a vein of it. [ Lamb ]

Then kissed me hard, as if he plucked up kisses by the roots, that grew upon my lips. [ William Shakespeare ]

Zeal is very blind, or badly regulated, when it encroaches upon the rights of others. [ Pasquier Quesnel ]

It is a shame for the tongue to cast itself upon the uncertain pardon of other's ears. [ Bishop Hall ]

How little do they see what is, who frame their hasty judgments upon that which seems! [ Southey ]

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. [ William Shakespeare ]

The world is a great ocean, upon which we encounter more tempestuous storms than calms. [ Edgar A. Poe ]

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

For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow. [ Bible ]

Most of our misfortunes are more supportable than the comments of our friends upon them. [ Colton ]

I love such mirth as does not make friends ashamed to look upon one another next morning. [ Izaak Walton ]

Be your character what it will, it will be known, and nobody will take it upon your word. [ Lord Chesterfield ]

If you will fling yourself under the wheels. Juggernaut will go over you; depend upon it. [ Thackeray ]

He who is lord of himself, and exists upon his own resources, is a noble but a rare being. [ Sir E. Brydges ]

Passion may not unfitly be termed the mob of the man, that commits a riot upon his reason. [ William Penn ]

Long, glorious locks, which drop upon thy cheek like gold-hued cloudflakes on the rosy morn. [ Bailey ]

Upon the common course of life must our thoughts and our conversation be generally employed. [ Johnson ]

A coquette is more occupied with the homage we refuse her, than with that we bestow upon her. [ A. Dupuy ]

Night comes, that another morning, with all its glory and freshness, may dawn upon the earth. [ Fanny Fern ]

Nature will sometimes lie buried a great while, and yet revive upon occasion of a temptation. [ Proverb ]

He that upon a true principle lives, without any disquiet of thought, may be said to be happy. [ L'Estrange ]

Our natures are like oil; compound us with anything, yet still we strive to swim upon the top. [ Beaumont and Fletcher ]

It is fine to stand upon some lofty mountain thought, and feel the spirit stretch into a view. [ Bailey ]

Wits, like drunken men with swords, are apt to draw their steel upon their best acquaintances. [ Douglas Jerrold ]

Time is a continual over-dropping of moments, which fall down one upon the other and evaporate. [ Richter ]

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

Think not your estate your own, while any man can call upon you for money which you cannot pay. [ Johnson ]

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

The seal of suffering impressed upon our destiny announces in clear characters our high calling. [ De Gerando ]

There is no use or money equal to that of beneficence; here the enjoyment grows upon reflection. [ Mackenzie ]

The happiness or unhappiness of men depends no less upon their dispositions than their fortunes. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

The future of girls depends altogether upon the knowledge, courage, and prudence of good mothers. [ Dr. Porter ]

Honor is unstable, and seldom the same; for she feeds upon opinion, and is as fickle as her food. [ Colton ]

Dangerous principles impose upon our understanding, emasculate our spirits, and spoil our temper. [ Jeremy Collier ]

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

The bigot is like the pupil of the eye, the more light you put upon it, the more it will contract. [ O. W. Holmes ]

There are some men who are fortune's favorites, and who, like cats, light forever upon their feet. [ Colton ]

What is really beautiful needs no adorning. We do not grind down the pearl upon a polishing stone. [ Sataka ]

Wicked thoughts and worthless efforts gradually set their mark upon the face, especially the eyes. [ Arthur Schopenhauer ]

One good deed dying tongueless slaughters a thousand waiting upon that. Our praises are our wages. [ William Shakespeare ]

All her excellences stand in her so silently as if they had stolen upon her without her knowledge. [ Sir T. Overbury ]

The good or the bad fortune of men depends not less upon their own dispositions than upon fortune. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Rest not upon scattered counsels, for they will rather distract and mislead than settle and direct. [ Bacon ]

Persons famous in the arts partake of the immortality of princes, and are upon a footing with them. [ Francis I ]

To endeavour to work upon the vulgar with fine sense is like attempting to hew blocks with a razor. [ Pope ]

It is the property of every hero to come back to reality; to stand upon things, not shows of things. [ Carlyle ]

A dear bargain is always disagreeable, particularly as it is a reflection upon the buyer's judgment. [ Pliny ]

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

General infidelity is the hardest soil which the propagators of a new religion can have to work upon. [ Paley ]

You may not, cannot, appropriate beauty. It is the wealth of the eye, and a cat may gaze upon a king. [ Theodore Parker ]

True goodness is like the glow-worm; it shines most when no eyes, except those of heaven are upon it. [ Anonymous ]

There are very few things in the world upon which an honest man can repose his soul, or his thoughts. [ Chamfort ]

Cowardice encroaches fast upon such as spend their lives in company of persons higher than themselves. [ Dr. Johnson ]

There is not a single spot between Christianity and atheism, upon which a man can firmly fix his foot. [ Emmons ]

Temper your enjoyments with prudence, lest there be written upon your heart that fearful word satiety. [ Quarles ]

It is seldom that God sends such calamities upon man as men bring upon themselves and suffer willingly. [ Jeremy Taylor ]

It does not depend upon us to avoid poverty, but it does depend upon us to make that poverty respected. [ Voltaire ]

Milton was a genius that could cut a colossus from a rock, but could not carve heads upon cherrystones. [ Dr. Johnson ]

A woman's heart is just like a lithographer's stone; what is once written upon it cannot be rubbed out. [ Thackeray ]

The value of statuary is owing to its difficulty. You would not value the finest head cut upon a carrot. [ Dr. Johnson ]

A body may as well lay too little as too much stress upon a dream; but the less he heed them the better. [ L'Estrange ]

The modern craze for bargains has often inflicted great hardships upon a certain class of humble toilers. [ Douglas ]

Amid the most mercenary ages it is but a secondary sort of admiration that is bestowed upon magnificence. [ Shenstone ]

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it. [ Johnson ]

These blasted pines, wrecks of a single winter, barkless, branchless, a blighted trunk upon a cursed root [ Byron ]

O God, impress upon me the value of time, and give regulation to all my thoughts and to all my movements. [ Chalmers ]

Milton saw not, and Beethoven heard not, but the sense of beauty was upon them, and they fain must speak. [ Ruskin ]

Heaven's gates are not so highly arched as king's palaces; they that enter there must go upon their knees. [ Daniel Webster ]

I look upon death to be as necessary to our constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning. [ Franklin ]

The more enthusiastic, the more liable we are to be imposed upon, and to become the tools of the designing. [ Bovee ]

No man has a claim to credit upon his own word, when better evidence, if he had it, may be easily produced. [ Johnson ]

It is the coward who fawns upon those above him. It is the coward that is insolent whenever he dares be so. [ Junius ]

The eye that gazes upon the sun sees not the orb it looks upon, confounded by the excess of its brightness. [ Metastasio ]

To what gods is sacrificed that rarest and sweetest thing upon earth, friendship? To vanity and to interest. [ Malesherbes ]

The excesses of our youth are drafts upon our old age, payable with interest, about thirty years after date. [ Colton ]

It seems to me as if not only the form, but the soul of man was made to walk erect, and look upon the stars. [ Bulwer-Lytton ]

O, it came over my ear like the sweet south, that breathes upon a bank of violets, stealing and giving odor! [ William Shakespeare ]

Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into, the mind. [ Coleridge ]

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 ]

In short, heaven is not to be looked upon only as the reward, but as the natural effect, of a religious life. [ Addison ]

Cares are often more difficult to thrown off than sorrows; the latter die with time, the former grow upon it. [ Richter ]

Jealousy lives upon doubt, and comes to an end or becomes a fury as soon as it passes from doubt to certainty. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Our moral impressions invariably prove strongest in those moments when we are most driven back upon ourselves. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

If thou wouldst attain to thy highest, go look upon a flower; what that does willessly, that do thou willingly. [ Schiller ]

Extreme views are never just; something always turns up which disturbs the calculations formed upon their data. [ Beaconsfield ]

There is no praise we have not lavished upon prudence; and yet she cannot assure to us the most trifling event. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Life, as we call it, is nothing but the edge of the boundless ocean of existence where it comes upon soundings. [ Holmes ]

Public opinion, though often formed upon a wrong basis, yet generally has a strong underlying sense of justice. [ Abraham Lincoln ]

Real friendship is a slow grower; and never thrives unless engrafted upon a stock of known and reciprocal merit. [ Chesterfield ]

The happiness of married life depends upon the power of making small sacrifices with readiness and cheerfulness. [ Selden ]

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. [ Jesus ]

True goodness is like the glow-worm in this, that it shines most when no eyes except those of heaven are upon it. [ J. C. Hare ]

It is never the opinions of others that displease us, but the pertinacity they display in obtruding them upon us. [ Joubert ]

Much of the pleasure, and all the benefit of conversation, depends upon our own opinion of the speaker's veracity. [ Paley ]

Be content with doing calmly the little which depends upon yourself, and let all else be to you as if it were not. [ Fenelon ]

Time is like a river, in which metals and solid substances are sunk, while chaff and straws swim upon the surface. [ Bacon ]

Equality is the share of every one at their advent upon earth, and equality is also theirs when placed beneath it. [ Ninon de Lenclos ]

Whatever stress some may lay upon it, a death-bed repentance is but a weak and slender plank to trust our all upon. [ Sterne ]

Want of courage upon some occasions assumes the appearance of ignorance, and betrays us when we most want to excel. [ Goldsmith ]

Commerce has set the mark of selfishness, the signet of all-enslaving power, upon a shining ore and called it gold. [ Shelley ]

The sight of a drunkard is a better sermon against that vice than the best that was ever preached upon that subject. [ Saville ]

I regard them, as Charles the Emperor did Florence, that they are too pleasant to be looked upon except on holidays. [ Izaak Walton ]

In the loss of an object we do not proportion our grief to its real value, but to the value our fancies set upon it. [ Addison ]

The temple of fame stands upon the grave; the flame that burns upon its altars is kindled from the ashes of dead men. [ Hazlitt ]

Read, read, sirrah, and refine your appetite; learn to live upon instruction; frost your mind and mortify your flesh. [ Congreve ]

Upon all this history of man, mutability, apparently the most wayward and destructive, is written with a pen of iron. [ E. D. Mansfield ]

When poverty and sickness come upon us, with no prospect of succor or relief, then we feel the pangs of our necessity. [ Gerard Guerin ]

Beauty and sadness always go together. Nature thought Beauty too rich to go forth upon the earth without a meet alloy. [ George MacDonald ]

Happiness and virtue react upon each other - the best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best. [ Lytton ]

A halo of glory surrounds all true, pure mothers, showing their worthiness to sit upon the steps of the heavenly throne. [ Mrs. E. B. Duffey ]

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 ]

The expectations of life depend upon diligence; and the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. [ Confucius ]

Eternity doth wear upon her face the veil of time. They only see the veil, and thus they know not what they stand so near! [ Alexander Smith ]

Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites. [ Burke ]

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. [ Dickens ]

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 ]

True repentance has a double aspect; it looks upon things past with a weeping eye, and upon the future with a watchful eye. [ South ]

Let us not throw away any of our days upon useless resentment, or contend who shall hold out longest in stubborn malignity. [ Johnson ]

The Omnipotent has sown His name on the heavens in glittering stars; but upon earth He planteth His name by tender flowers. [ Richter ]

It is astonishing the influence foolish apothegms have upon the mass of mankind, though they are not unfrequently fallacies. [ Sydney Smith ]

Life, upon the whole, is much more pleasurable than painful, otherwise we should not feel pain so impatiently when it comes. [ Leigh Hunt ]

Give you a reason on compulsion! If reasons were as plentiful as blackberries, I would give no man a reason upon compulsion. [ William Shakespeare ]

It is with wits as with razors, which are never so apt to cut those they are employed upon as when they have lost their edge. [ Swift ]

Travel gives a character of experience to our knowledge, and brings the figures upon the tablet of memory into strong relief. [ Tuckerman ]

Many men and women spend their lives in unsuccessful attempts to spin the flax God sends them upon a wheel they can never use. [ J. G. Holland ]

Neither human applause nor human censure is to be taken as the test of truth; but either should set us upon testing ourselves. [ Bishop Whately ]

He who seldom thinks of heaven is not likely to get thither; as the only way to hit the mark is to keep the eye fixed upon it. [ Bishop Horne ]

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 ]

He that would reckon up all the accidents preferments depend upon, may as well undertake to count the sands or sun up infinity. [ South ]

If a man is not rising upward to be an angel, depend upon it, he is sinking downward to be a devil. He cannot stop at the beast [ Coleridge ]

Death itself is less painful when it comes upon us unawares than the bare contemplation of it, even when danger is far distant. [ Pascal ]

Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity there are a hundred that will stand adversity. [ Thomas Carlyle ]

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 ]

Those who attain any excellence commonly spend life in one common pursuit; for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms. [ Johnson ]

There are some moral conditions in which Death smiles upon us, as smiles a silent and peaceful night upon the exhausted laborer. [ Alfred Mercier ]

Nothing has wrought more prejudice to religion, or brought more disparagement upon truth, than boisterous and unseasonable zeal. [ Barrow ]

You may depend upon it that he is a good man whose intimate friends are all good, and whose enemies are characters decidedly bad. [ Callenberg ]

As I know more of mankind, I expect less of them, and am ready now to call a man a good man upon easier terms than I was formerly. [ Dr. Johnson ]

Simple diet is best; for many dishes bring many diseases, and rich sauces are worse than even heaping several meats upon each other. [ Pliny ]

Let wickedness escape as it may at the bar, it never fails of doing justice upon itself: for every guilty person is his own hangman. [ Seneca ]

The lust of avarice has so totally seized upon mankind that their wealth seems rather to possess them than they possess their wealth. [ Pliny ]

It is vain to trust in wrong; it is like erecting a building upon a frail foundation, and which will directly be sure to topple over. [ Hosea Ballou ]

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 ]

Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a simple reason, - they made no such demand upon those who wrote them. [ Colton ]

If a man offend a harmless, pure, and innocent person, the evil falls back upon that fool, like light dust thrown up against the wind. [ Buddha ]

It is strange that thought should depend upon the stomach, and still that men with the best stomachs are not always the best thinkers. [ Voltaire ]

Misfortune, when we look upon it with our eyes, is smaller than when our imagination sinks the evil down into the recesses of the soul. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Fame, as a river, is narrowest where it is bred, and broadest afar off; so exemplary writers depend not upon the gratitude of the world. [ Sir W. Davenant ]

Exile is terrible to those who have, as it were, a circumscribed habitation; but not to those who look upon the whole globe as one city. [ Cicero ]

However bright the comedy before, the last act is always stained with blood. The earth is laid upon our head, and there it lies forever. [ Pascal ]

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 ]

Natural liberty is the right of common upon a waste: civil liberty is the safe, exclusive, unmolested enjoyment of a cultivated enclosure. [ Paley ]

Difficulties are God's errands; and when we are sent upon them we should esteem it a proof of God's confidence - as a compliment from God. [ Beecher ]

No man can make a speech alone. It is the great human power that strikes up from a thousand minds that acts upon him, and makes the speech. [ James A. Garfield ]

No man is the wiser for his learning; it may administer matter to work in, or objects to work upon; but wit and wisdom are born with a man. [ Selden ]

Greatness stands upon a precipice, and if prosperity carries a man never so little beyond his poise, it overbears and dashes him to pieces. [ Seneca ]

O earth! I will befriend thee more with rain than youthful April shall with all his showers; in summer's drought I'll drop upon thee still. [ William Shakespeare ]

Fix yourself upon the wealthy. In a word, take this for a golden rule through life: Never, never have a friend that is poorer than yourself. [ Douglas Jerrold ]

There is nothing truly valuable which can be purchased without pains and labor. The gods have set a price upon every real and noble pleasure. [ Addison ]

A bodily disease which we look upon as whole and entire within itself, may, after all, be but a symptom of some ailment in the spiritual part. [ Nathaniel Hawthorne ]

When you see a man with a great deal of religion displayed in his shop-window, you may depend upon it he keeps a very small stock of it within. [ Spurgeon ]

There are many people who would give all their wealth to be dispossessed of the nicknames they have, or to stamp some new imprimatur upon them. [ Acton ]

Great souls attract sorrows as mountains do storms. But the thunder-clouds break upon them, and they thus form a shelter for the plains around. [ Jean Paul ]

A wise man shall overrule his stars, and have a greater influence upon his own content than all the constellations and planets of the firmament. [ Jeremy Taylor ]

Whatever you suffer deservedly should be borne with resignation; the penalty that comes upon us undeservedly comes as a matter of just complaint. [ Ovid ]

Seamen have a custom when they meet a whale to fling out an empty tub by way of amusement, to divert him from laying violent hands upon the ship. [ Swift ]

I have always looked upon alchemy in natural philosophy to be like enthusiasm in divinity, and to have troubled the world much to the same purpose. [ Sir W. Temple ]

The guardian angel of life sometimes flies so high that man cannot see it; but he always is looking down upon us, and will soon hover nearer to us. [ Richter ]

The way to elegancy of style is to employ your pen upon every errand; and the more trivial and dry it is, the more brains must be allowed for sauce. [ F. Osborn ]

There are such things as a man shall remember with joy upon his death-bed; such as shall cheer and warm his heart even in that last and bitter agony. [ South ]

The opinions of the misanthropical rest upon this very partial basis, that they adopt the bad faith of a few as evidence of the worthlessness of all. [ Bovee ]

The fate of a man of feeling is, like that of a tuft of flowers, twofold; he may either mount upon the head of all, or go to decay in the wilderness. [ Hitopadesa ]

We know there oft is found an avarice in grief; and the war eye of sorrow loves to gaze upon its secret hoard of treasured woes, and pine in solitude. [ William Mason ]

Calumny crosses oceans, scales mountains and traverses deserts, with greater ease than the Scythian Abaris, end like him, rides upon a poisoned arrow. [ Colton ]

I am tired of looking on what is, One might as well see beauty never more. As look upon it with an empty eye. I would this world were over. I am tired. [ Bailey ]

Neither is it safe to count upon the weakness of any man's understanding, who is thoroughly possessed of the spirit of revenge to sharpen his invention. [ Swift ]

Being happy - being appreciative, being grateful - is not altogether a matter of temperament. Nor is it dependent upon outward circumstances. Not at all. [ Ossian Lang ]

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 ]

The true strength of every human soul is to be dependent on as many nobler as it can discern, and to be depended upon by as many inferior as it can reach. [ John Ruskin ]

Look upon every day, O youth, as the whole of life, not merely as a section, and enjoy the present without wishing, through haste, to spring on to another. [ Jean Paul ]

Death makes a beautiful appeal to charity. When we look upon the dead form, so composed and still, the kindness and the love that are in us all come forth. [ Chapin ]

Worldly wealth is the devil's bait; and those whose minds feed upon riches, recede, in general, from real happiness, in proportion as their stores increase. [ Burton ]

The book that will make its way in the world, that will remain, or survive, as an imperishable monument, or memorial, must have the stamp of genius upon it. [ Martial ]

He used words as mere steppingstones, upon which, with a free and youthful bound, his spirit crosses and recrosses the bright and rushing stream of thought. [ Longfellow ]

What is life? A gulf of troubled waters, where the soul, like a vexed bark, is tossed upon the waves of pain and pleasure by the wavering breath of passions. [ Miss L. E. Landon ]

Between two beings susceptible to love, the duration of love depends upon the first resistance of the woman, or the obstacles that society puts in their way. [ Balzac ]

The most precious wine is produced upon the sides of volcanoes. Now bold and inspiring ideals are only born of a clear head that stands over a glowing heart. [ Horace Mann ]

'Tis ever thus: indulgence spoils the base; Raising up pride, and lawless turbulence. Like noxious vapors from the fulsome marsh When morning shines upon it. [ Joanna Baillie ]

Riches are gotten with pain, kept with care, and lost with grief. The cares of riches lie heavier upon a good man than the inconveniences of an honest poverty. [ L'Estrange ]

That man is little to be envied whose patriotism would not gain force upon the plain of Marathon, or whose piety would not grow warmer among the ruins of Iona. [ Johnson ]

Under the assumption of profound esteem, the flatterer wears an outward expression of fidelity, as foreign to his heart as the smile upon the face of the dead. [ E. L. Magoon ]

Famine is in thy cheeks. Need and oppression starveth in thine eyes. Contempt and beggary hang upon thy back; The world is not thy friend, nor the world's law. [ William Shakespeare ]

If a man would register all his opinions upon love, politics, religion, and learning, what a bundle of inconsistencies and contradictions would appear at last! [ Swift ]

Persons who are very plausible and excessively polite have generally some design upon you, as also religionists who call you "dear" the first time they see you. [ Spurgeon ]

Obstinacy is the strength of the weak. Firmness founded upon principle, upon the truth and right, order and law, duty and generosity, is the obstinacy of sages. [ Lavater ]

The art of nations is to be accumulative, just as science and history are the work of living men not superseding, but building itself upon the work of the past. [ Ruskin ]

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 ]

He that taketh his own cares upon himself loads himself in vain with an uneasy burden. I will cast all my cares on God; He hath bidden me; they cannot burden Him. [ Bishop Hall ]

Slander and detraction can have no influence, can make no impression, upon the righteous Judge above. None to thy prejudice, but a sad and fatal one to their own. [ Thomas à Kempis ]

I want a sofa, as I want a friend, upon which I can repose familiarly; if you can not have intimate terms and freedom with one and the other, they are of no good. [ W. M. Thackeray ]

There is but one misfortune for a man, when some idea lays hold of him which exerts no influence upon his active life, or still more, which withdraws him from it. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

Exalt your passion by directing and settling it upon an object the due contemplation of whose loveliness may cure perfectly all hurts received from mortal beauty. [ Boyle ]

Since not only judgments have their awards, but mercies their commissions, snatch not at every favour, nor think thyself passed by if they fall upon thy neighbour. [ Sir T. Browne ]

What I object to Scotch philosophers in general is that they reason upon man as they would upon a divinity; they pursue truth without caring if it be useful truth. [ Sydney Smith ]

Depend upon it, my younger brethren, the bright, self-sacrificing enthusiasms of early manhood are among the most precious things in the whole course of human life. [ H. P. Liddon ]

Exaggeration is not only one form of falsehood, it is one of its worst forms: since the swollen and contagious body gains admission by walking in upon healthy legs. [ Berz ]

There is no possible success without some opposition as a fulcrum; force is always aggressive, and crowds something or other, if it does not hit and trample upon it. [ O. W. Holmes ]

Many a man lives a burden upon the earth; but a good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose for a life beyond life. [ Milton ]

Make the doors upon a woman's wit, and it will out at the casement; shut that, and 'twill out at the keyhole; stop that, 'twill fly with the smoke out at the chimney. [ William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act IV. Sc.1 ]

Whatever that be, which thinks, which understands, which wills, which acts, it is something celestial and divine; and, upon that account, must necessarily be eternal. [ Cicero ]

The flavor of detached thoughts depends upon the conciseness of their expression: for thoughts are grains of sugar, or of salt, that must be melted in a drop of water. [ J. Petit-Senn ]

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 ]

A smile is ever the most bright and beautiful with a tear upon it. What is the dawn without the dew? The tear is rendered by the smile precious above the smile itself. [ Landor ]

The News-writer lies down at Night in great Tranquillity, upon a piece of News which corrupts before Morning, and which he is obliged to throw away as soon as he awakes. [ De La Bruyere ]

Who can look down upon the grave of an enemy, and not feel a compunctious throb that he should have warred with the poor handful of dust that lies mouldering before him? [ Washington Irving ]

Truth is always consistent with itself and needs nothing to help it out; it is always near at hand, and sits upon our lips, and is ready to drop out before we are aware. [ Tillotson ]

Love is a bird of passage that women await with curiosity in youth, retain with pleasure in maturer years, and allow to escape with regret when old age creeps upon them. [ A. Ricard ]

The imputation of being a fool is a thing which mankind, of all others, is the most impatient of, it being a blot upon the prime and specific perfection of human nature. [ South ]

I am beholden to calumny, that she hath so endeavored and taken pains to belie me. It shall make me set a surer guard on myself, and keep a better watch upon my actions. [ Ben Jonson ]

God gives the mind, man makes the character. The mind is the garden, the character is the fruit; the mind is the white page, the character is the writing we put upon it. [ George S. Weaver ]

The drafts which true genius draws upon posterity, although they may not always be honored so soon as they are due, are sure to be paid with compound interest in the end. [ Colton ]

Great ambition is the passion of a great character. He who is endowed with it may perform very good or very bad actions; all depends upon the principles which direct him. [ Napoleon ]

When Shakespeare is charged with debts to his authors, Landor replies: Yes, he was more original than his originals. He breathed upon dead bodies and brought them to life. [ Emerson ]

If cowardice were not so completely a coward as to be unable to look steadily upon the effects of courage, he would find that there is no refuge so sure as dauntless valor. [ Jane Porter ]

If you hate your enemies, you will contract such a vicious habit of mind, as by degrees will break out upon those who are your friends, or those who are indifferent to you. [ Plutarch ]

Let it be impressed upon your minds, let it be instilled into your children, that the liberty of the press is the palladium of all the civil, political and religious rights. [ Junius ]

The very society of joy redoubles it; so that, whilst it lights upon my friend it rebounds upon myself, and the brighter his candle burns the more easily will it light mine. [ South ]

I look upon paradoxes as the impotent efforts of men who, not having capacity to draw attention and celebrity from good sense, fly to eccentricities to make themselves noted. [ Horace Walpole ]

Although the devil be the father of lies, he seems, like other great inventors, to have lost much of his reputation by the continual improvements that have been made upon him. [ Swift ]

A good deal depends upon luck as well as care, and sometimes a writer must wait, or even leave off and return to work again, before he can hit upon the turn of words required. [ Richard D. Blackmore, The Art Of Authorship, 1891 ]

As the films of clay are removed from our eyes, Death loses the false aspect of the spectre, and we fall at last into its arms as a wearied child upon the bosom of its mother. [ Bulwer ]

There is a gravity which is not austere nor captious, which belongs not to melancholy nor dwells in contraction of heart; but arises from tenderness and hangs upon reflection. [ Landor ]

Flattery is an ensnaring quality, and leaves a very dangerous impression. It swells a man's imagination, entertains his vanity, and drives him to a doting upon his own person. [ Jeremy Collier ]

The intellect of man sits enthroned visibly upon his forehead and in his eye, and the heart of man is written on his countenance; but the soul reveals itself in the voice only. [ Longfellow ]

Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his color in the cup, when it moveth itself aright: at the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. [ Bible ]

Eternal life does not depend upon our perfection; but because it does depend upon the grace of Christ and the love of the Spirit, that love shall prompt us to emulate perfection. [ William Adams ]

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 ]

The amount of honey which we accumulate from the years as they pass, depends not so much upon the number of flower-gardens through which we rove, as upon our powers of extraction. [ Henry Wood ]

The exhaustion of taste, genius, and splendor upon its fables and ceremonies, even to our times, constitute the ancient paganism a marvel of all that was attractive and magnificent. [ R. W. Hamilton ]

Milton almost requires a solemn service of music to be played before you enter upon him. But he brings his music, to which who listen had need bring docile thoughts and purged ears. [ Lamb ]

Every man may be, and at some time is, lifted to a platform whence he looks beyond sense to moral and spiritual truth, and in that mood he strings words like beads upon his thought. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]

We prefer a person with vivacity and high spirits, though bordering upon insolence, to the timid and pusillanimous; we are fonder of wit joined to malice than of dullness without it. [ Hazlitt ]

No villainy or flagitious action was ever yet committed but, upon a due inquiry into the cause of it, it will be found that a lie was first or last the principal engine to effect it. [ South ]

I could never divide myself from any man upon the difference of an opinion, or be angry with his judgment for not agreeing in that from which within a few days I might dissent myself. [ Sir Thomas Browne ]

True generosity is a duty as indispensably necessary as those imposed upon us by the law. It is a rule imposed upon us by reason, which should be the sovereign law of a rational being. [ Goldsmith ]

Gentle feelings produce profoundly beneficial effects upon stern natures. It is the spring rain which melts the ice-covering of the earth, and causes it to open to the beams of heaven. [ Fredrika Bremer ]

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 ]

Our admiration of a famous man lessens upon our nearer acquaintance with him; and we seldom hear of a celebrated person without a catalogue of some notorious weaknesses and infirmities. [ Addison ]

The moment that law is destroyed, liberty is lost, and men, left free to enter upon the domains of each other, destroy each other's rights, and invade the field of each other's liberty. [ J. G. Holland ]

As small letters hurt the sight, so do small matters him that is too much intent upon them; they vex and stir up anger, which begets an evil habit in him in reference to greater affairs. [ Plutarch ]

He that always waits upon God is ready whenever He calls. Neglect not to set your accounts even; he is a happy man who so lives as that death at all times may find him at leisure to die. [ Owen Feltham ]

The saddest of all failures is that of a soul, with its capabilities and possibilities, failing of life everlasting, and entering upon that night of death upon which morning never dawns. [ Robert Herrick ]

He had been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put in phials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw inclement seasons. [ Swift ]

The great blessings of mankind are within us, and within our reach; but we shut our eyes, and, like people in the dark, we fall foul upon the very thing we search for, without finding it. [ Seneca ]

Haste turns usually upon a matter of ten minutes too late, and may be avoided by a habit like that of Lord Nelson, to which he ascribed his success in life, of being ten minutes too early. [ Bovee ]

The herb feeds upon the juice of a good soil, and drinks in the dew of heaven as eagerly, and thrives by it as effectually, as the stalled ox that tastes everything that he eats or drinks. [ South ]

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 ]

No man can force the harp of his own individuality into the people's heart; but every man may play upon the chords of the people's heart, who draws his inspiration from the people's instinct. [ Kossuth ]

After the sleep of death we are to gather up our forces again with the incalculable results of this life, a crown of shame or glory upon our heads, and begin again on a new level of progress. [ Hugh R. Haweis ]

Men with gray eyes are generally keen, energetic, and at first cold; but you may depend upon their sympathy with real sorrow. Search the ranks of our benevolent men and you will agree with me. [ Dr. Leask ]

Fortitude implies a firmness and strength of mind that enables us to do and suffer as we ought. It rises upon an opposition, and, like a river, swells the higher for having its course stopped. [ Jeremy Collier ]

A friend is he who sets his heart upon us, is happy with us and delights in us; does for us what we want, is willing and fully engaged to do all he can for us, on whom we can rely in all cases. [ William Ellery Channing ]

For now I stand as one upon a rock environed with a wilderness of sea, who marks the waxing tide grow wave by wave expecting ever when some envious surge will in his brinish bowels swallow him. [ William Shakespeare ]

It would be well for us all, old and young, to remember that our words and actions, ay, and our thoughts also, are set upon never-stopping wheels, rolling on and on unto the pathway of eternity. [ M. M. Brewster ]

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 ]

Some men's censures are like the blasts of rams horns before the walls of Jericho; all a man's fame they lay level at one stroke, when all they go upon is only conceit, without any certain basis. [ J. Beaumont ]

Women overrate the influence of fine dress and the latest fashions upon gentlemen; and certain it is that the very expensiveness of such attire frightens the beholder from all ideas of matrimony. [ Abba Goold Woolson ]

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 ]

A copious manner of expression gives strength and weight to our ideas, which frequently make impression upon the mind, as iron does upon solid bodies, rather by repeated strokes than a single blow. [ Melmoth ]

The light of genius never sets, but sheds itself upon other faces, in different hues of splendor. Homer glows in the softened beauty of Virgil, and Spenser revives in the decorated learning of Gray. [ Willmott ]

The accusing spirit, which flew off to heaven's chancery with the oath blushed as he gave it in; and the recording angel, as he wrote it down, dropped a tear upon the word and blotted it out forever. [ Sterne ]

It is more reasonable to wish for reputation while it may be enjoyed, as Anacreon calls upon his companions to give him for present use the wine and garlands which they propose to bestow upon his tomb. [ Dr. Johnson ]

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 ]

Be not too presumptuously sure in any business; for things of this world depend upon such a train of unseen chances that if it were in man's hands to set the tables, yet is he not certain to win the game. [ George Herbert ]

The person who grieves suffers his passion to grow upon him; he indulges it, he loves it: but this never happens in the case of actual pain, which no man ever willingly endured for any considerable time. [ Burke ]

The solitary side of our nature demands leisure for reflection upon subjects on which the dash and whirl of daily business, so long as its clouds rise thick about us, forbid the intellect to fasten itself. [ Froude ]

Were a whole nation to start upon a new career of education, with mature faculties and minds free from prepossession or prejudice, how much would be quickly abandoned that is now most stubbornly cherished! [ Chatfield ]

It is so possible to be glad in the gladness of other people ; and, too, it is possible so to extend one's own life into higher regions that his happiness shall not be altogether dependent upon other people. [ Lilian Whiting ]

Compliments of congratulation are always kindly taken, and cost one nothing but pen, ink, and paper. I consider them as draughts upon good breeding, where the exchange is always greatly in favor of the drawer. [ Chesterfield ]

We read of a fountain in Arabia upon whose basin is inscribed, Drink, and away; but how delicious is that hasty draught, and how long and brightly the thought of its transient refreshment dwells in the memory. [ Tuckerman ]

What a man does with his wealth depends upon his idea of happiness. Those who draw prizes in life are apt to spend tastelessly, if not viciously; not knowing that it requires as much talent to spend as to make. [ Whipple ]

Not until right is founded upon reverence will it be secure; not until duty is based upon love will it be complete; not until liberty is based on eternal principles will it be full, equal, lofty, and universal. [ Henry Giles ]

There is something cordial in a fat man, everybody likes him, and he likes everybody. Food does a fat man good; it clings to him; it fructifies upon him; he swells nobly out, and fills a generous space in life. [ Henry Giles ]

Put a seal upon your lips and forget what you have done. After you have been kind, after love hath stolen forth into the world and done its beautiful work, go back into the shade again and say nothing about it.

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 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 ]

A true critic, in the perusal of a book, is like a dog at a feast, whose thoughts and stomach are wholly set upon what the guests fling away, and consequently is apt to snarl most when there are the fewest bones. [ Swift ]

No receipt openeth the heart but a true friend, to whom you may impart griefs, joys, fears, hopes, suspicions, counsels, and whatsoever lieth upon the heart to oppress it, in a kind of civil shrift or confession. [ Bacon ]

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 ]

Worldly wealth is the Devil's bait; and those whose minds feed upon riches recede, in general, from real happiness, in proportion as their stores increase; as the moon, when she is fullest, is farthest from the sun. [ Burton ]

The emperor one day took up a pencil which fell from the hand of Titian, who was then drawing his picture; and upon the compliment which Titian made him on that occasion he said, Titian deserves to be served by Caesar. [ Dryden ]

What was your dream? It seemed to me that a woman in white raiment, graceful and fair to look upon, came towards me and calling me by name said: On the third day, Socrates, thou shalt reach the coast of fertile Phthia. [ Plato ]

Abstracts, abridgments, summaries, etc., have the same use with burning glasses - to collect the diffused rays of wit and learning in authors, and make them point with warmth and quickness upon the reader's imagination. [ Swift ]

The first merit of pictures is the effect which they can produce upon the mind; and the first step of a sensible man should be to receive involuntary effects from them. Pleasure and inspiration first, analysis afterward. [ Beecher ]

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 ]

The air seems made up of happiness, the clouds, the trees, the grass, the pathless birds, land and water, - all seem to pulsate happiness, to emit it, to breathe it forth upon us; and it falls upon us as dew upon flowers. [ Henry Ward Beecher ]

Those who despise fame seldom deserve it. We are apt to undervalue the purchase we cannot reach, to conceal our poverty the better. It is a spark which kindles upon the best fuel, and burns brightest in the bravest breast. [ Jeremy Collier ]

Much depends upon when and where you read a book. In the five or six impatient minutes before the dinner is quite ready, who would think of taking up the Faerie Queen for a stopgap, or a volume of Bishop Andrews's Sermons? [ Lamb ]

The Carlyles were men who lavished their heart and conscience upon their work; they builded themselves, their days, their thoughts and sorrows, into their houses; they leavened the soil with the sweat of their rugged brows. [ John Burroughs ]

The great secret both of health and successful industry is the absolute yielding up of one's consciousness to the business and diversion of the hour - never permitting the one to infringe in the least degree upon the other. [ Sismondi ]

Fame often rests at first upon something accidental, and often, too, is swept away, or for a time removed; but neither genius nor glory is conferred at once, nor do they glimmer and fall, like drops in a grotto, at a shout. [ Landor ]

The poets fabulously fancied that the giants scaled heaven by heaping mountain upon mountain. What was their fancy is the gospel truth. If you would get to heaven you must climb thither by putting Mount Sion upon Mount Sinai. [ Bishop Hopkins ]

True, the poisonous breath of the world destroys our illusions, but they resuscitate at once when a ray of love falls upon our benumbed hearts, as the warmth of the sun revives the poor flowers withered by the ices of winter. [ De Finod ]

The power of painter or poet to describe rightly what he calls an ideal thing depends upon its being to him not an ideal, but a real thing. No man ever did or ever will work well but either from actual sight or sight of faith. [ Ruskin ]

The sun should not set upon our anger, neither should he rise upon our confidence. We should forgive freely, but forget rarely. I will not be revenged, and this I owe to my enemy; but I will remember, and this I owe to myself. [ Colton ]

Melancholy, or low spirits, is that hysterical passion which forces unbidden sighs and tears; it falls upon a contented life, like a drop of ink on white paper, which is not the less a stain that it carries no meaning with it. [ Sir W. Scott ]

There are persons who flatter themselves that the size of their works will make them immortal. They pile up reluctant quarto upon solid folio, as if their labors, because they are gigantic, could contend with truth and heaven! [ Junius ]

Nature builds upon a false bottom, seeks herself what she values in others, and is oftentimes deceived and disappointed. Grace reposes her whole hope and love in God, and is never mistaken, never deluded by false expectations. [ Thomas à Kempis ]

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 the assassination could trammel up the consequence, and catch, with his surcease, success; that but this blow might be the be-all and the end-all here - but here, upon this bank and shoal of time, we'd jump the life to come. [ William Shakespeare ]

I know not whether there exists such a thing as a coin stamped with a pair of pinions; but I wish this were the device which monarchs put upon their dollars and ducats, to show that riches make to themselves wings, and fly away. [ Gotthold ]

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 ]

And this is woman's fate: all her affections are called into life by winning flatteries, and then thrown back upon themselves to perish; and her heart, her trusting heart, filled with weak tenderness, is left to bleed or, break. [ L. E. Landon ]

There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousand truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away. [ Beecher ]

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 ]

The best system of education is that which draws its chief support from the voluntary effort of the community, from the individual efforts of citizens, and from those burdens of taxation which they voluntarily impose upon themselves. [ Garfield ]

Consider what importance to society the chastity of women is. Upon that all the property in the world depends. We hang a thief for stealing a sheep; but the unchastity of a woman transfers sheep and farm and all from the right owner. [ Dr. Johnson ]

The habit of exaggeration, like dram-drinking, becomes a slavish necessity, and they who practise it pass their lives in a kind of mental telescope, through whose magnifying medium they look upon themselves and everything around them. [ J. B. Owen ]

As ships meet at sea a moment together, when words of greeting must be spoken, and then away upon the deep, so men meet in this world; and I think we should cross no man's path without hailing him, and if he needs giving him supplies. [ Beecher ]

When at last the angels come to convey your departing spirit to Abraham's bosom, depend upon it, however dazzling in their newness they may be to you. you will find that your history is no novelty, and you yourself no stranger to them. [ James Hamilton ]

I believe that everyone, sometime or other, dreams that he is reading papers, books, or letters; in which case the invention prompts so readily that the mind is imposed upon, and mistakes its own suggestions for the composition of another. [ Addison ]

But there have been human hearts, constituted just like ours, for six thousand years. The same stars rise and set upon this globe that rose upon the plains of Shinar or along the Egyptian Nile and the same sorrows rise and set in every age. [ Beecher ]

The iron hand of necessity commands, and her stern decree is supreme law, to which the gods even must submit. In deep silence rules the uncounselled sister of eternal fate. Whatever she lays upon thee, endure; perform whatever she commands. [ Goethe ]

Whoever can make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, deserves better of mankind, and does more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together. [ Jonathan Swift ]

To make much of little, to find reasons of interest in common things, to develop a sensibility to mild enjoyments, to inspire the imagination, to throw a charm upon homely and familiar things, will constitute a man master of his own happiness. [ Henry Ward Beecher ]

I had fifteen years' apprenticeship on the press of New York, writing editorials upon every conceivable subject, often at a few minutes notice, acquiring in this way rapid thought and rapid expression. ... The proof of genius lies in continuity. [ Amelia E. Barr, The Art of Authorship, 1891 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

Beauty in dress, as in other things, is largely relative. To admit this is to admit that a dress which is beautiful upon one woman may be hideous worn by another. Each should understand her own style, accept it, and let the fashion of her dress be built upon it. [ Miss Oakey ]

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 ]

Rhetoric is appealing to the passions instead of the reason of your auditors, and claiming that value for the workmanship which ought to be measured by the ore alone. An orator is one who can stamp such a value upon counterfeit coin as shall make it pass for genuine. [ Chatfield ]

As Plato entertained some friends in a room where there was a couch richly ornamented, Diogenes came in very dirty, as usual, and getting upon the couch, and trampling on it, said, I trample upon the pride of Plato. Plato mildly answered, But with greater pride, Diogenes! [ Erasmus ]

He that can keep handsomely within rules, and support the carriage of a companion to his mistress, is much more likely to prevail than he who lets her see the whole relish of his life depends upon her. If possible, therefore, divert your mistress rather than sigh for her. [ Steele ]

Without distinction, without calculation, without procrastination, love. Lavish it upon the poor, where it is very easy; especially upon the rich, who often need it most; most of all upon our equals, where it is very difficult, and for whom perhaps we each do least of all. [ Henry Drummond ]

It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly put more upon a man than he can bear. Worry is rust upon the blade. It is not the revolution that destroys the machinery, but the friction. Fear secretes acids; but love and trust are sweet juices. [ Beecher ]

In beginning the world, if you don't wish to get chafed at every turn, fold up your pride carefully, put it under lock and key, and only let it out to air upon grand occasions. Pride is a garment all stiff brocade outside, all grating sackcloth on the side next to the skin. [ Lytton ]

Even He that died for us upon the cross, in the last hour, in the unutterable agony of death, was mindful of His mother, as if to teach us that this holy love should be our last worldly thought - the last point of earth from which the soul should take its flight for heaven. [ Longfellow ]

Pale, Pallid, or Wan? All these terms denote an absence of color, but vary in degree, pallid rising upon pale, and wan upon pallid. Paleness in the countenance may be temporary, but pallidness and wanness are caused by sickness, hunger, or fatigue, and are of longer duration. [ Pure English, Hackett And Girvin, 1884 ]

The common cause of waves is the friction of the wind upon the surface of the water; little ridges or elevations first appear, which by continuance of the force gradually increase until they become the rolling mountains seen where the wind sweeps over a great extent of water. [ F. Marryatt ]

Wit throws a single ray, separated from the rest, - red, yellow, blue, or any intermediate shade, - upon an object; never white light; that is the province of wisdom. We get beautiful effects from wit, - all the prismatic colors, - but never the object as it is in fair daylight. [ Holmes ]

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 ]

Books are delightful when prosperity happily smiles; when adversity threatens, they are inseparable comforters. They give strength to human compacts, nor are grave opinions brought forward without books. Arts and sciences, the benefits of which no mind can calculate, depend upon books. [ Richard Aungervyle ]

Be not too rash in the breaking of an inconvenient custom; as it was gotten, so leave it by degrees. Danger attends upon too sudden alterations; he that pulls down a bad building by the great may be ruined by the fall, but he that takes it down brick by brick may live to build a better. [ Quarles ]

Liberty is one of the choicest gifts that heaven hath bestowed upon man, and exceeds in value all the treasures which the earth contains within its bosom, or the sea covers. Liberty, as well as honor, man ought to preserve at the hazard of his life, for without it life is insupportable. [ Cervantes ]

If I were to pray for a taste which should stand me in stead under every variety of circumstances, and be a source of happiness and cheerfulness to me through life, and a shield against its ills, however things might go amiss, and the world frown upon me, it would be a taste for reading. [ Sir John Herschel ]

Wealth is not acquired, as many persons suppose, by fortunate speculations and splendid enterprises, but by the daily practice of industry, frugality, and economy. He who relies upon these means will rarely be found destitute, and he who relies upon any other will generally become bankrupt. [ Wayland ]

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 ]

A gentleman's taste in dress is, upon principle, the avoidance of all things extravagant. It consists in the quiet simplicity of exquisite neatness; but, as the neatness must be a neatness in fashion, employ the best tailor; pay him ready money, and, on the whole, you will find him the cheapest. [ Bulwer-Lytton ]

As in labor, the more one doth exercise, the more one is enabled to do, strength growing upon work; so, with the use of suffering, men's minds get the habit of suffering, and all fears and terrors are to them but as a summons to battle, whereof they know beforehand they shall come off victorious. [ Sir P. Sidney ]

Talk to the point, and stop when you have reached it. The faculty some possess of making one idea cover a quire of paper is not good for much. Be comprehensive in all you say or write. To fill a volume upon nothing is a credit to nobody; though Lord Chesterfield wrote a very clever poem upon nothing. [ John Neal ]

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 ]

Dangers are no more light if they once seem light, and more dangers have deceived men than forced them; nay, it were better to meet some dangers half-way, though they come nothing near, than to keep too long a watch upon their approaches; for if a man watch too long it is odds be will fall fast asleep. [ Bacon ]

That which I have found the best recreation both to my mind and body, whensoever either of them stands in need of it, is music, which exercises at once both body and soul; especially when I play myself; for then, methinks, the same motion that my hands make upon the instrument, the instrument makes upon my heart. [ J. Beveridge ]

There are certain times in our life when we find ourselves in circumstances, that not only press upon us, but seem to weigh us down altogether. They give us, however, not only the opportunity, but they impose on us the duty of elevating ourselves, and thereby fulfilling the purpose of the Divine Being in our creation. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]

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 ]

The morbid states of health, the irritableness of disposition arising from unstrung nerves, the impatience, the crossness, the fault-finding of men, who, full of morbid influences, are unhappy themselves, and throw the cloud of their troubles like a dark shadow upon others, teach us what eminent duty there is in health. [ Beecher ]

If you love music, hear it; go to operas, concerts, and pay fiddlers to play to you. But I insist upon your neither piping nor fiddling yourself; it puts a gentleman in a very frivolous, contemptible light; brings him into a great deal of bad company, and takes up a great deal of time which might be much better employed. [ Chesterfield ]

If we work upon marble, it will perish; if we work upon brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal souls, if we imbue them with principles, with the just fear of God and love of fellow men, we engrave on those tablets something which will brighten all eternity. [ Daniel Webster ]

Writers of novels and romances in general bring a double loss on their readers, - they rob them both of their time and money; representing men, manners and things that never have been, nor are likely to be; either confounding or perverting history and truth, inflating the mind, or committing violence upon the understanding. [ Mary Wortley Montagu ]

Young men are as apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are to think themselves sober enough. They look upon spirit to be a much better thing than experience; which they call coldness. They are but half mistaken; for though spirit without experience is dangerous, experience without spirit is languid and ineffective. [ Chesterfield ]

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 ]

Harmony of period and melody of style have greater weight than is generally imagined in the judgment we pass upon writing and writers. As a proof of this, let us reflect what texts of scripture, what lines in poetry, or what periods we most remember and quote, either in verse or prose, and we shall find them to be only musical ones. [ Shenstone ]

Be it remembered that man subsists upon the air more than upon his meat and drink: but no one can exist for an hour without a copious supply of air. The atmosphere which some breathe is contaminated and adulterated, and with its vital principles so diminished that it cannot fully decarbonize the blood, nor fully excite the nervous system. [ Thackeray ]

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 ]

It is a great mistake to suppose that bribery and corruption, although they may be very convenient for gratifying the ambition or the vanity of individuals, have any great effect upon the fortunes or the power of parties. And it is a great mistake to suppose that bribery and corruption are means by which power can either be obtained or retained. [ Beaconsfield ]

I look upon enthusiasm, in all other points but that of religion, to be a very necessary turn of mind; as indeed it is a vein which nature seems to have marked with more or less strength, in the tempers of most men. No matter what the object is, whether business pleasures or the fine arts: whoever pursues them to any purpose must do so con amore. [ Melmoth ]

Though nature is constantly beautiful, she does not exhibit her highest powers of beauty constantly; for then they would satiate us, and pall upon our senses. It is necessary to their appreciation that they should be rarely shown. Her finest touches are things which must be watched for; her most perfect passages of beauty are the most evanescent. [ Ruskin ]

Any one may mouth out a passage with a theatrical cadence, or get upon stilts to tell his thoughts; but to write or speak with propriety and simplicity is a more difficult task. Thus it is easy to affect a pompous style, to use a word twice as big as the thing you want to express; it is not so easy to pitch upon the very word that exactly fits it. [ Hazlitt ]

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 ]

Let the foundation of thy affection be virtue, then make the building as rich and as glorious as thou canst; if the foundation be beauty or wealth, and the building virtue, the foundation is too weak for the building, and it will fall: happy is he, the palace of whose affection is founded upon virtue, walled with riches, glazed with beauty, and roofed with honor. [ Quarles ]

People are always talking about originality; but what do they mean? As soon as we are born, the world begins to work upon us; and this goes on to the end. And after all, what can we call our own, except energy, strength, and will? If I could give an account of all that I owe to great predecessors and contemporaries, there would be but a small balance in my favor. [ Goethe ]

The beauty of work depends upon the way we meet it, whether we arm ourselves each morning to attack it as an enemy that must be vanquished before night comes, or whether we open our eyes with the sunrise to welcome it as an approaching friend who will keep us delightful company all day, and who will make us feel at evening that the day was well worth its fatigues. [ Lucy Larcom ]

The powers of music are felt or known by all men, and are allowed to work strangely upon the mind and the body, the passions and the blood; to raise joy and grief; to give pleasure and pain; to cure diseases, and the mortal sting of the tarantula; to give motions to the feet as well as the heart; to compose disturbed thoughts; to assist and heighten devotion itself. [ Sir W. Temple ]

Men that look no further than their outsides, think health an appurtenance unto life, and quarrel with their constitutions for being sick; but I that have examined the parts of man, and know upon what tender filaments that fabric hangs, do wonder that we are not always so; and considering the thousand doors that lead to death, do thank my God that we can die but once. [ Sir Thomas Browns ]

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 no moment like the present: not only so, but moreover, there is no moment at all, that is, no instant force and energy, but in the present. The man who will not execute his resolutions when they are fresh upon him can have no hope from them afterwards; they will be dissipated, lost, and perish in the hurry and skurry of the world, or sunk in the slough of indolence. [ Miss Edgeworth ]

If there were no readers there certainly would be no writers. Clearly, therefore, the existence of writers depends upon the existence of readers; and, of course, as the cause must be antecedent to the effect, readers existed before writers. Yet, on the other hand, if there were no writers there could be no readers, so it should appear that writers must be antecedent to readers. [ Paul Chatfield, M.D ]

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 ]

Some men of a secluded and studious life have sent forth from their closet or their cloister rays of intellectual light that have agitated courts and revolutionized kingdoms; like the moon which, though far removed from the ocean, and shining upon it with a serene and sober light, is the chief cause of all those ebbings and flowings which incessantly disturb that restless world of waters. [ Colton ]

Association is the delight of the heart not less than of poetry. Alison observes that an autumn sunset, with its crimson clouds, glimmering trunks of trees, and wavering tints upon the grass, seems scarcely capable of embellishment. But if in this calm and beautiful glow the chime of a distant bell steal over the fields, the bosom heaves with the sensation that Dante so tenderly describes. [ Willmott ]

If the eye were so acute as to rival the finest microscope, and to discern the smallest hair upon the leg of a gnat, it would be a curse, and not a blessing to us; it would make all things appear rugged and deformed; the most finely polished crystal would be uneven and rough; the sight of our own selves would affright us; the smoothest skin would be beset all over with rugged scales and bristly hair. [ Bentley ]

Whosoever shall look heedfully upon those who are eminent for their riches will not think their condition such as that he should hazard his quiet, and much less his virtue, to obtain it, for all that great wealth generally gives above a moderate fortune is more room for the freaks of caprice, and more privilege for ignorance and vice, a quicker succession of flatteries, and a larger circle of voluptuousness. [ Johnson ]

We acquire the love of people who, being in our proximity, are presumed to know us; and we receive reputation or celebrity, from such as are not personally acquainted with us. Merit secures to us the regard of our honest neighbors, and good fortune that of the public. Esteem is the harvest of a whole life spent in usefulness; but reputation is often bestowed upon a chance action, and depends most on success. [ G. A. Sala ]

Society is infected with rude, cynical, restless, and frivolous persons who prey upon the rest, and whom no public opinion concentrated into good manners, forms accepted by the sense of all, can reach; the contradictors and railers at public and private tables, who are like terriers, who conceive it the duty of a dog of honor to growl at any passer-by, and do the honors of the house by barking him out of sight. [ Emerson ]

Excellence in art is to be attained only by active effort, and not by passive impressions; by the manly overcoming of difficulties, by patient struggle against adverse circumstance, by the thrifty use of moderate opportunities. The great artists were not rocked and dandled into eminence, but they attained to it by that course of labor and discipline which no man need go to Rome or Paris or London to enter upon. [ Hillard ]

The reputation of generosity is to be purchased pretty cheap; it does not depend so much upon a man's general expense, as it does upon his giving handsomely where it is proper to give at all. A man, for instance, who should give a servant four shillings would pass for covetous, while he who gave him a crown would be reckoned generous; so that the difference of those two opposite characters turns upon one shilling. [ Chesterfield ]

The habit of committing our thoughts to writing is a powerful means of expanding the mind, and producing a logical and systematic arrangement of our views and opinions. It is this which gives the writer a vast superiority, as to the accuracy and extent of his conceptions, over the mere talker. No one can ever hope to know the principles of any art or science thoroughly who does not write as well as read upon the subject. [ Blakey ]

Opportunities do not come with their values stamped upon them. Everyone must be challenged. A day dawns, quite like other days; in it a single hour comes, quite like other hours; but in that day and in that hour the chance of a lifetime faces us. To face every opportunity of life thoughtfully and ask its meaning bravely and earnestly, is the only way to meet the supreme opportunities when they come, whether open-faced or disguised. [ Maltbie Babcock ]

Courage, by keeping the senses quiet, and the understanding clear, puts us in a condition to receive true intelligence, to make just computations upon danger, and pronounce rightly upon that which threatens us. Innocence of life, consciousness of worth, and great expectations, are the best foundations of courage. These ingredients make a richer cordial than youth can prepare. They warm the heart at eighty, and seldom fail in operation. [ Collier ]

When I gaze into the stars, they look down upon me with pity from their serene and silent spaces, like eyes glistening with tears over the little lot of man. Thousands of generations, all as noisy as our own, have been swallowed up by time, and there remains no record of them any more. Yet Arcturus and Orion, Sirius and Pleiades, are still shining in their courses, clear and young, as when the shepherd first noted them in the plain of Shinar! [ Carlyle ]

As soon the dust of a wretch whom thou wouldest not, as of a prince whom thou couldest not look upon, will trouble thine eyes if the wind blow it thither; and when a whirlwind hath blown the dust of the churchyard into the church, and the man sweeps out the dust of the church into the churchyard, who will undertake to sift those dusts again, and to pronounce, This is the patrician, this is the noble flower, and this the yeoman, this the plebeian bran? [ Rev. Dr. Donne ]

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 ]

Throughout the pages of history we are struck with the fact that our remarkable men possessed mothers of uncommon talents for good or bad, and great energy of character; it would almost seem from this circumstance, that the impress of the mother is more frequently stamped on the boy, and that of the father upon the girl - we mean the mental intellectual impress, in distinction from the physical ones. Mothers will do well to remember that their impress is often stamped upon their sons. [ Helen Mar ]

There are many persons of combative tendencies, who read for ammunition, and dig out of the Bible iron for balls. They read, and they find nitre and charcoal and sulphur for powder. They read, and they find cannon. They read, and they make portholes and embrasures. And if a man does not believe as they do, they look upon him as an enemy, and let fly the Bible at him to demolish him. So men turn the word of God into a vast arsenal, filled with all manner of weapons, offensive and defensive. [ H. W. Beecher ]

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 ]

When the dusk of evening had come on, and not a sound disturbed the sacred stillness of the place, - when the bright moon poured in her light on tomb and monument, on pillar, wall, and arch, and most of all (it seemed to them) upon her quiet grave, - in that calm time, when all outward things and inward thoughts teem with assurances of immortality, and worldly hopes and fears are humbled in the dust before them, - then, with tranquil and submissive hearts they turned away, and left the child with God. [ Dickens ]

When I behold a fashionable table set out in all its magnificence, I fancy that I see gouts and dropsies, fevers and lethargies, with other innumerable distempers lying in ambuscade among the dishes. Nature delights in the most plain and simple diet. Every animal but man keeps to one dish. Herbs are the food of this species, fish of that, and flesh of a third. Man falls upon everything that comes in his way; not the smallest fruit or excrescence of the earth, scarce a berry or a mushroom can escape him. [ Addison ]

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 ]

I put myself, my experiences, my observations, my heart and soul into my work. I press my soul upon the white paper. The writer who does this may have any style, he or she will find the hearts of their readers. Writing a book involves, not a waste, but a great expenditure of vital force. Yet I can assure you I have written the last lines of most of my stories with tears. The characters of my own creation had become dear to me. I could not bear to bid them good-bye and send them away from me into the wide world. [ Amelia E. Barr, The Art of Authorship, 1891 ]

See a fond mother encircled by her children; with pious tenderness she looks around, and her soul even melts with maternal love. One she kisses on its cheeks, and clasps another to her bosom; one she sets upon her knee, and finds a seat upon her foot for another. And while, by their actions, by their lisping words, and asking eyes, she understands their numberless little wishes, to these she dispenses a look, and a word to those; and whether she grants or refuses, whether she smiles or frowns, it is all in tender love. [ Krummacher ]

The importance of the romantic element does not rest upon conjecture. Pleasing testimonies abound. Hannah More traced her earliest impressions of virtue to works of fiction; and Adam Clarke gives a list of tales that won his boyish admiration. Books of entertainment led him to believe in a spiritual world; and he felt sure of having been a coward, but for romances. He declared that he had learned more of his duty to God, his neighbor and himself from Robinson Crusoe than from all the books, except the Bible, that were known to his youth. [ Willmott ]

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 ]

If thy mother be a widow, give her double honor, who now acts the part of a double parent; remember her nine month's burden, and her tenth month's travel; forget not her indulgence, when thou didst hang upon her tender breast; call to mind her prayers for thee before thou earnest into the world; and her cares for thee when thou wert come into the world; remember her secret groans, her affectionate tears, her broken slumbers, her daily fears, her nightly frights; relieve her wants, cover her imperfections, comfort her age, and the widow's husband will be the orphan's father. [ F. Quarles ]

Gentleness in the gait is what simplicity is in the dress. Violent gesture or quick movement inspires involuntary disrespect. One looks for a moment at a cascade; but one sits for hours, lost in thought, and gazing upon the still water of a lake. A deliberate gale, gentle manners, and a gracious tone of voice - all of which may be acquired - give a mediocre man an immense advantage over those vastly superior to him. To be bodily tranquil, to speak little, and to digest without effort are absolutely necessary to grandeur of mind or of presence, or to proper development of genius. [ Balzac ]

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 ]

When I look upon the tombs of the great, every motion of envy dies; when I read the epitaphs of the beautiful, every inordinate desire forsake me: when I meet with the grief of parents upon a tombstone, my heart melts with compassion; when I see the tombs of the parents themselves, I reflect how vain it is to grieve for those whom we must quickly follow; when I see kings lying beside those who deposed them, when I behold rival wits placed side by side, or the holy men who divided the world with their contests and disputes, I reflect with sorrow and astonishment on the frivolous competitions, factions, and debates of mankind. [ Addison ]

He must have an artist's eye for color and form who can arrange a hundred flowers as tastefully, in any other way, as by strolling through a garden, and picking here one and there one, and adding them to the bouquet in the accidental order in which they chance to come. Thus we see every summer day the fair lady coming in from the breezy side hill with gorgeous colors and most witching effects. If only she could be changed to alabaster, was ever a finer show of flowers in so fine a vase? But instead of allowing the flowers to remain as they were gathered, they are laid upon the table, divided, rearranged on some principle of taste, I know not what, but never again have that charming naturalness and grace which they first had. [ Beecher ]

This is my seventieth birthday, and I wonder if you all rise to the size of that proposition, realizing all the significance of that phrase, seventieth birthday. The seventieth birthday! It is the time of life when you arrive at a new and awful dignity; when you may throw aside the decent reserves which have oppressed you for a generation and stand unafraid and unabashed upon your seven-terraced summit and look down and teach--unrebuked. You can tell the world how you got there. It is what they all do. You shall never get tired of telling by what delicate arts and deep moralities you climbed up to that great place. You will explain the process and dwell on the particulars with senile rapture. I have been anxious to explain my own system this long time, and now at last I have the right. [ Mark Twain, Seventieth Birthday speech ]

Mother! How many delightful associations cluster around that word! The innocent smiles of infancy, the gambols of boyhood, and the happiest hours of riper years! When my heart aches and my limbs are weary travelling the thorny path of life, I sit down on some mossy stone, and closing my eyes on real scenes, send my spirit back to the days of early life; I feel afresh my infant joys and sorrows, till my spirit recovers its tone, and is willing to pursue its journey. But in all these reminiscences my mother rises; if I seat myself upon my cushion, it is at her side; if I sing, it is to her ear; if I walk the walls or the meadows, my little hand is in my mother's, and my little feet keep company with hers; when my heart bounds with its best joy, it is because at the performance of some task, or the recitation of some verses, I receive a present from her hand. There is no velvet so soft as a mother's lap, no rose so lovely as her smile, no path so flowery as that imprinted with her footsteps. [ Bishop Thomson ]

In the matter of diet - which is another main thing - I have been persistently strict in sticking to the things which didn't agree with me until one or the other of us got the best of it. Until lately I got the best of it myself. But last spring I stopped frolicking with mince-pie after midnight; up to then I had always believed it wasn't loaded. For thirty years I have taken coffee and bread at eight in the morning, and no bite nor sup until seven-thirty in the evening. Eleven hours. That is all right for me, and is wholesome, because I have never had a headache in my life, but headachy people would not reach seventy comfortably by that road, and they would be foolish to try it. And I wish to urge upon you this - which I think is wisdom - that if you find you can't make seventy by any but an uncomfortable road, don't you go. When they take off the Pullman and retire you to the rancid smoker, put on your things, count your checks, and get out at the first way station where there's a cemetery. [ Mark Twain, Seventieth Birthday speech ]

Poetry is the first and last of all knowledge: it is immortal as the heart of men. If the labors of the men of science should ever create any revolution, direct or indirect, in our condition, and in the impressions which we habitually receive, the poet will then sleep no more than at present; he will be ready to follow the steps of the man of science, not only in those general indirect effects, but he will be at his side, carrying sensation into the midst of the objects of the science itself. The remotest discoveries of the chemist, the botanist, or mineralogist will be as proper objects of the poet's art as any upon which it can be employed, if the time should ever come when these things shall be familiar to us, and the relations under which they are contemplated by the followers of the respective sciences shall be manifestly and palpably material to us as enjoying and suffering beings. If the time should ever come when what is now called science, thus familiarized to men, shall be ready to put on. as it were, a form of flesh and blood, the poet will lend his divine spirit to aid the transfiguration, and will welcome the being thus produced as a dear and genuine inmate of the household of man. [ Wordsworth ]

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