Archive for ‘1800s’

2013

respected

…we equally believed that those who stood against us held just as sacred convictions that were the opposite of ours, and we respected them as every man with a heart must respect those who give all for their belief.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, “Memorial Day,” (1884)

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2013

october

There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir; / We must rise and follow her, / When from every hill of flame / She calls and calls each vagabond by name.

Bliss Carman, “A Vagabond Song” (1896)

2013

know

The world is governed more by appearance than reality, and therefore it is fully as necessary to seem to know something, as to know it in reality.

Daniel Webster, letter to Mr. Fuller (1803)

2013

keep on

I keep on making what I can’t do yet in order to learn to be able to do it.

Vincent van Gogh, letter to Theo (1885)

2013

light-footed

I want to go about like the light-footed goats.

Johanna Spyri, Heidi (1880)

2013

words

All words are pegs to hang ideas on.

Henry Ward Beecher, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit (1887)

2013

blessed

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.

George Eliot, Impressions of Theophrastus Such (1879)

2013

long

Life is a long lesson in humility.

J. M. Barrie, The Little Minister (1891)

2013

experience

We do what we must, and call it by the best names we can…

Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Experience” (1844)

2013

rules

It is one of my rules in life never to notice what I don’t understand.

Wilke Collins,  The Moonstone (1868)

Note: This quote was submitted by Anna Harris

2013

travel

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views on men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.

Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad (1869)

Note: This quote was submitted by Anna Harris

2013

poetry

If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?

Emily Dickinson, spoken to Thomas Wentworth Higginson and quoted in his Emily Dickinson’s Letters (1870)

2013

happiness

All happiness depends on courage and work.

Honoré de Balzac, letter to M. Laurent-Jan (1849)

2013

high and delicate art

The humorous story is American, the comic story is English, the witty story is French. The humorous story depends for its effect on the manner of the telling; the comic story and the witty story depend upon the matter. The humorous story may be spun out to great length, and may wander around as much as it please, and arrive nowhere in particular; but the comic and witty stories must be brief and end with a point. The humorous story bubbles gently along, the others burst. The humorous story is strictly a work of art—high and delicate art—and only an artist can tell it…The art of telling a humorous story—understand, I mean by word of mouth, not print—was created in America, and has remained at home.

Mark Twain, “How to Tell a Story” (1897)

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