Trying to write is very much like trying to put a Chinese puzzle together. We have a pattern in mind which we wish to work out in words; but the words will not fit the spaces, or, if they do, they will not match the design.
You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.
For one wild, glad moment we snapped the chain that bind us to earth, and joining hands with the winds we felt ourselves divine.
Great poetry needs no interpreter other than a responsive heart.
I am conscious of a soul-sense that lifts me above the narrow, cramping circumstances of my life. My physical limitations are forgotten- my world lies upward, the length and the breadth and the sweep of the heavens are mine!
I wonder what becomes of lost opportunities? Perhaps our guardian angel gathers them up as we drop them, and will give them back to us in the beautiful sometime when we have grown wiser, and learned how to use them rightly.
It is so pleasant to learn about new things. Every day I find how little I know, but I do not feel discouraged since God has given me an eternity in which to learn more.
One painful duty fulfilled makes the next plainer and easier.
There are moments when I feel that the Shylocks, the Judases, and even the Devil are broken spokes in the great wheel of good which shall in due time be mad whole.
It is not possible for civilization to flow backwards while there is youth in the world. Youth may be headstrong, but it will advance it allotted length.
When one door of happiness closes, another opens.
Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.
It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
The hands of those I meet are dumbly eloquent to me. The touch of some hands is an impertinence. I have met people so empty of joy, that when I clasped their frosty finger-tips, it seemed as if I were shaking hands with a northeast storm.
I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.
A man can't make a place for himself in the sun if he keeps taking refuge under the family tree.
Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.
Character is like the fire within the flint-latent until it is struck out of the stone. Observing the flint stone, who would think it contained the possibility of light And so it is with the dark experiences of life. And it is only us, individually, that decide what that darkness is, even without quite knowing the reasons for its being. And then we must learn to let light enter. When they are met with courage, they give out sparks of spiritual light.
Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
Every modern war has had its root in exploitation ... The Civil War was fought to decide whether the slaveholders of the South or the capitalists of the North should exploit the West. The Spanish-American War decided that the United States should exploit Cuba and the Philippines. The South African War decided that the British should exploit the diamond mines. The Russo-Japanese War decided that Japan should exploit Korea. The present war is to decide who shall exploit the Balkans, Turkey, Persia, Egypt, India, China, Africa. And we are whetting our sword to scare the victors into sharing the spoils with us. Now, the workers are not interested in the spoils they will not get any of them anyway.
People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.
Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
There is plenty of courage among us for the abstract but not for the concrete.
The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.
One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
I believe in the immortality of the soul because I have within me immortal longings
We can decide to let our trials crush us, or we can convert them to new forces of good
It gives me a deep comforting sense that things seen are temporal and things unseen are eternal.
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