To win the secret of a weed's plain heart.
James Lowell (1819 - 1891)
Source: Sonnet xxv.
Contributed by: Zaady
Such power there is in clear-eyed self-restraint.
Sentiment is intellectualized emotion,-emotion precipitated, as it were, in pretty crystals by the fancy.
Source: Rousseau and the Sentimentalists.
All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
Source: Albert W. Daw Collection
The wisest man could ask no more of fate Than to be simple, modest, manly, true, Safe from the many, honored by the few; Nothing to court in Church, or World, or State, But inwardly in secret to be great.
No man can produce great things who is not thoroughly sincere in dealing with himself.
Sincerity is impossible unless it pervades the whole being, and the pretense of it saps the very foundation of character.
In Life's small things be resolute and great To keep thy muscle trained; Know'st thou when Fate Thy measure takes or when she'll say to thee, 'I find thee worthy; do this deed for me'?
All kin' o' smily round the lips, An' teary round the lashes.
Source: Second Series. The Courtin'.
Soft-heartedness, in times like these, Shows sof'ness in the upper story.
Source: Second Series. The Courtin'. No. vii.
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