Edwin Markham

1852 - 1940

A Quote by Charles Edwin Markham on preparation

For all your days prepare And meet them ever alike; When you are the anvil, bear - When you are the hammer, strike.

Edwin Markham (1852 - 1940)

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A Quote by Charles Edwin Markham on blindness, cities, world, and worth

We are all blind until we see That in the human plan Nothing is worth the making If it does not make the man. Why build these cities glorious If man unbuilded goes? We build the world in vain Unless the builders also grow.

Edwin Markham (1852 - 1940)

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A Quote by Charles Edwin Markham on belief, dreams, life, and youth

Ah, great it is to believe the dream As we stand in youth by the starry stream; But a greater thing is to fight life's battles through, And say at the end, "The dream is true!"

Edwin Markham (1852 - 1940)

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A Quote by Charles Edwin Markham on beginning, eternity, friendship, goals, god, idleness, life, play, rest, soul, time, winning, work, and world

Yes, take a little time to play And look at life the other way. God rested when the world was made: Rest now, old friend; be not afraid. But think not that your work is over, That you are now a foot-free rover, A rambler upon idle ways, Whittling away the golden days. For in the road climb to the goal There's no long furlough for a soul. There's no long pause: on every height Another summit swims in sight. The long road rises, scene by scene, With little restings in between. And so I say that every end Is only an unexpected bend In eternal road we go To peaks above from peaks below. The yesterdays are shells we shed: The best is always on ahead. There's always some new world for winning; And every end is a new beginning!

Edwin Markham (1852 - 1940)

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A Quote by Charles Edwin Markham on god, heart, mortality, and spirit

At the heart of the cyclone tearing the sky And flinging the cloud and the towers by, Is a place of central calm: So here in the roar of mortal things, I have a place where my spirit sings, In the hollow of God's Palm.

Edwin Markham (1852 - 1940)

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A Quote by Charles Edwin Markham on beauty, defeat, glory, grief, heart, joy, soul, and victory

Defeat may serve as well as victory To shake the soul and let the glory out. When the great oak is straining in the wind, The boughs drink in new beauty and the trunk Sends down a deeper root on the windward side. Only the soul that knows the mighty grief Can know the mighty rapture, Sorrows come To stretch out spaces in the heart for joy.

Edwin Markham (1852 - 1940)

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A Quote by Charles Edwin Markham on day, dreams, earth, eternity, heaven, immortality, men, needs, paradise, time, and path

Earth Is Enough. We men of Earth have here the stuff Of Paradise - we have enough! We need no other stones to build The Temple of the Unfulfilled - No other ivory for the doors - No other marble for the floors - No other cedar for the beam And dome of man's immortal dream. Here on the paths of every-day - Here on the common human way Is all the stuff the gods would take To build a Heaven, to mold and make New Edens. Ours is the stuff sublime To build Eternity in time!

Edwin Markham (1852 - 1940)

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A Quote by Charles Edwin Markham on beginning, certainty, choice, glory, god, life, loneliness, rest, spirit, tears, tragedy, and vision

When in the dim beginning of the years, God mixed in man the raptures and the tears, And scattered through his brain that starry stuff, He said: "Behold! Yet this is not enough; For I must test his spirit to make sure That he can dare the vision and endure. I will withdraw my face, Veil me in shadow for a certain space, Leaving behind me only a broken clue- A crevice where the glory glimmers through, Some whisper from the sky, Some footprint in the road to track me by. I will leave man to make the fateful guess, To leave him torn between the no and yes, Leave him unresting 'til he rest in me, Drawn upward by the choice that makes him free- Leave him in tragic loneliness to choose, With all in life to win or to lose.

Edwin Markham (1852 - 1940)

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A Quote by Charles Edwin Markham on god and soul

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No soul can be forever banned, Eternally bereft, Whoever falls from God's right hand Is caught into his left.

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A Quote by Charles Edwin Markham on commitment, life, and memory

We have committed the Golden Rule to memory. Let us now commit it to life.

Edwin Markham (1852 - 1940)

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