A Quote by George Washington on america, authors, cities, congress, country, day, duty, god, good, government, happiness, humility, kindness, knowledge, mankind, nations, observation, opportunity, people, practice, prayer, prosperity, providence, religio

Whereas, it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor, and; Whereas, both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceable to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness"; Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th Day of November Next, to be devoted by the people of these states to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, and that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; . . . to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best. Given under my hand, at the City of New York, the 3rd day of October, a.d. 1789.

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

Source: Thanksgiving Day Proclamation October, a.d. 1789.

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A Quote by George Linley on art, authority, authors, composers, existence, happiness, heart, hope, life, losing, memory, music, newspapers, past, privacy, purity, songs, time, tranquility, and wishes

Tho' lost to sight, to mem'ry dear Thou ever wilt remain; One only hope my heart can cheer,- The hope to meet again. Oh fondly on the past I dwell, And oft recall those hours When, wand'ring down the shady dell, We gathered the wild-flowers. Yes, life then seem'd one pure delight, Tho' now each spot looks drear; Yet tho' thy smile be lost to sight, To mem'ry thou art dear. Oft in the tranquil hour of night, When stars illume the sky, I gaze upon each orb of light, And wish that thou wert by. I think upon that happy time, That time so fondly lov'd, When last we heard the sweet bells chime, As thro' the fields we rov'd. Yes, life then seem'd one pure delight, Tho' now each spot looks drear; Yet tho' thy smile be lost to sight, To mem'ry thou art dear. This song-written and composed by Linley for Mr. Augustus Braham, and sung by him-is given entirely, as so much inquiry has been made for the source of "Though lost to Sight, to Memory dear." It is not known when the song was written,-probably about 1830. Another song, entitled "Though lost to Sight, to Memory dear," was published in London in 1880, purporting to have been "written by Ruthven Jenkyns in 1703." It is said to have been published in the "Magazine for Mariners." No such magazine, however, ever existed, and the composer of the music acknowledged, in a private letter, to have copied the song from an American newspaper. There is no other authority for the origin of this song, and the reputed author, Ruthven Jenkyns, was living, under the name of C--, in California in 1882.

George Linley (1798 - 1865)

Source: Song. 1

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A Quote by George Bernard Shaw on authors, good, play, and reason

You don't expect me to know what to say about a play when I don't know who the author is, do you? . . . If it's by a good author, it's a good play, naturally. That stands to reason.

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

Source: Fanny’s First Play

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A Quote by George Bernard Shaw on adoption, authors, force, good, and people

People must not be forced to adopt me as their favourite author, even for their own good.

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

Source: Man and Superman

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A Quote by Florence King on authors, books, life, practice, and women

Self-help books are making life downright unsafe. Women desperate to catch a man practice all the ploys recommended by these authors. Bump into him, trip over him, knock him down, spill something on him, scald him, but meet him.

Florence King

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A Quote by Evelyn Arthur St. John Waugh on authors, belief, books, and friendship

I do not believe the expenditure of $2.50 for a book entitles the purchaser to the personal friendship of the author.

Evelyn Arthur St. John Waugh (1903 - 1966)

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A Quote by Evariste Galois on authors, books, difficulty, and science

Unfortunately what is little recognized is that the most worthwhile scientific books are those in which the author clearly indicates what he does not know; for an author most hurts his readers by concealing difficulties.

Evariste Galois (1811 - 1832)

Source: N. Rose (ed.) Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC: Rome Press Inc., 1988.

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A Quote by Eve Arden on acting, authors, motherhood, wives, and world

Wife-Mother-Actress-Author The world will remember.

Eve Arden

Source: (Westwood Memorial Park; Westwood, California)

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A Quote by Dr. Joyce Brothers on authors


If Shakespeare had to go on an author tour to promote Romeo and Juliet, he never would have written Macbeth.

Dr. Joyce Brothers (1928 -)

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A Quote by Douglas Jerrold on authors, death, debt, life, and originality

When Shakespeare is charged with debts to his authors, Landor replies, "Yet he was more original than his originals. He breathed upon dead bodies and brought them into life."

Douglas Jerrold (1803 - 1857)

Source: Quotation and Originality.

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