Archive for ‘1900’



For a while the spirit of knowledge triumphed over the spirit of Love. But not for ever.

Charlotte Carmichael Stopes, “Three types of fairies: Puck, Oberon and Titania” in Shakespeare’s Industry (1916)


perpetuate and transmit

While fully appreciating the vastness and importance of our material inheritance, let us not fail to foster and increase the spiritual inheritance. It is the sacred duty of the young men and women, especially those of this University, and of the University itself, to perpetuate this inheritance of broad thinking and generous ideals, and to transmit it with large increase to succeeding generations.

David Franklin Houston, “Bulletin of The University of Texas” (1906)



…she loves what is strange and curious.

Oscar Wilde, “Some Literary Notes (2)” in Essays, Criticism and Reviews (1901)


take time, do well

Everything good needs time. Don’t do work in a hurry. Go into details; it pays in every way. Time means power for your work. Mediocrity is always in a rush; but whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing with consideration. For genius is nothing more nor less than doing well what anyone can do badly.

Amelia E. Barr, 9 Rules for Success (1901)


seek for the lessons

All our people loved their dead President. His kindly nature and lovable traits of character, and his amiable consideration for all about him will long live in the minds and hearts of his countrymen. He loved them in return with such patriotism and unselfishness that in this hour of their grief and humiliation he would say to them: ‘It is God’s will; I am content. If there is a lesson in my life of death, let it be taught to those who still live, and leave the destiny of their country in their keeping.’ Let us, then, as our dead is buried out of our sight, seek for the lessons and the admonitions that may be suggested by the life and death which constitutes our theme.

Grover Cleveland, address to the students of Princeton University, The Authentic Life of President McKinley (1901)

Note: McKinley was elected to two terms, but he was assassinated shortly into his second term. These remarks are in response to his untimely death. McKinley, though obscure now, seems to have been widely-popular in his day.


at the stars

I wander’d off by myself, / In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, / Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.

Walt Whitman, “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” in Leaves of Grass (1900)



There is nothing—absolutely nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.

Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows  (1908)



A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.

Mark Twain, “What is Man?” (1906)


Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.

E. P. Powell, The Independent, Vol. 57, “An Old-Time Thanksgiving” (1904)


set foot

The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.

G. K. Chesterton, “The Riddle of the Ivy,” Tremendous Trifles (1909).



Much has been given us, and much will rightfully be expected from us. We have duties to others and duties to ourselves; and we can shirk neither. We have become a great nation, forced by the fact of its greatness into relations with other nations of the earth, and we must behave as beseems a people with such responsibilities…While ever careful to refrain from wrongdoing others, we must be no less insistent that we are not wronged ourselves. We wish peace, but we wish the peace of justice, the peace of righteousness.

Theodore Roosevelt, first inaugural address (1901)



I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.

L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables (1908)


so small a number

It may be doubted whether so small a number of men ever employed so short a space of time with greater and more lasting effects upon the history of the world.

George Otto Trevelyan, The American Revolution, vol. 2 (1905)*

*The three-volume set was published in 1905; Volume 2 may have been published earlier on its own.


matters of opinion

The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.

Mark Twain, “Christian Science” (1907)

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