It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that the native metal of a man is tested.
James Lowell (1819 - 1891)
Source: My Study Windows. Abraham Lincoln, 1864.
Contributed by: Zaady
In vain we call old notions fudge, And bend our conscience to our dealing; The Ten Commandments will not budge, And stealing will continue stealing.
Source: Motto of the American Copyright League (written Nov. 20, 1885).
Ez to my princerples, I glory In hevin' nothin' o' the sort.
Source: The Biglow Papers. First Series. No. vii.
Puritanism, believing itself quick with the seed of religious liberty, laid, without knowing it, the egg of democracy.
Source: New England Two Centuries ago.
Nature, they say, doth dote, And cannot make a man Save on some worn-out plan, Repeating us by rote.
Source: Ode at the Harvard Commemoration, July 21, 1865.
Nature fits all her children with something to do.
Source: A Fable for Critics.
From lower to the higher next, Not to the top, is Nature's text; And embryo Good, to reach full stature, Absorbs the Evil in its nature.
Source: Festina Lente. Moral.
Be noble, and the nobleness that lies in other men, sleeping but never dead, will rise in majesty to meet thine own.
Be noble! and the nobleness that lies In other men, sleeping but never dead, Will rise in majesty to meet thine own.
Source: Sonnet iv.
Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
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