A Quote by Peter "Dale" Wimbrow, Sr. on authors, cheating, clarity, danger, day, difficulty, fatherhood, friendship, honesty, information, judgment, life, mind, money, motherhood, poetry, rest, reward, sons, struggle, tears, thought, time, wives, and wor

Peter "Dale" Wimbrow Sr. wrote the poem "The Guy in the Glass" in 1934. It was first published in The American Magazine at that time and the copyright was subsequently assigned to the author. The poem has become also known, incorrectly, as "The Man in the Glass," but the thought is the same. The message is clear. You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years, but you can't fool the guy staring back in the mirror. Since it was published, it has taken on a life of its' own and is usually seen as anonymous, but occasionally with someone falsely taking credit. Why would someone falsely take credit for a poem about being honest with one's self? For more information, see The Official Guy in the Glass website at www.theguyintheglass.com. The author's son, Peter Dale Wimbrow, Jr., may be contacted by e-mail at: pwimbrow@usacomputer.com. The Guy in the Glass When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf,* And the world makes you King for a day, Then go to the mirror and look at yourself, And see what that guy has to say. For it isn't your Father, or Mother, or Wife, Who judgment upon you must pass. The feller whose verdict counts most in your life Is the guy staring back from the glass. He's the feller to please, never mind all the rest, For he's with you clear up to the end, And you've passed your most dangerous, difficult test If the guy in the glass is your friend. You may be like Jack Horner and "chisel" a plum, And think you're a wonderful guy, But the man in the glass says you're only a bum If you can't look him straight in the eye. You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years, And get pats on the back as you pass, But your final reward will be heartaches and tears If you've cheated the guy in the glass. * pelf: money, riches

Dale Wimbrow (1895 - 1954)

Source: grateful memory of the author, Dale Wimbrow. © 1934

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A Quote by Christina Georgina Rossetti on bitterness, death, dreams, hope, life, love, memory, paradise, silence, soul, and tears

Echo Come to me in the silence of the night; Come in the speaking silence of a dream; Come with soft rounded cheeks and eyes as bright As sunlight on a stream; Come back in tears, O memory, hope, love of finished years. Oh dream how sweet, too sweet, too bitter-sweet, Whose wakening should have been in Paradise, Where souls brim-full of love abide and meet; Where thirsting longing eyes Watch the slow door That opening, letting in, lets out no more. Yet come to me in dreams, that I may live My very life again though cold in death: Come back to me in dreams, that I may give Pulse for pulse, breath for breath: Speak low, lean low, As long ago, my love, how long ago.

Christina Rossetti (1830 - 1894)

Source: Echo

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A Quote by Charlotte A. Barnard on failure, foolishness, heart, songs, and tears

I cannot sing the old songs, I sang long years ago, For heart and voice would fail me, And foolish tears would flow.

Charlotte A. Barnard

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A Quote by Charles Lamb on heaven, illusions, joy, tears, and world

This world is all a fleeting show, For man's illusion given; The smiles of joy, the tears of woe, Deceitful shine, deceitful flow,- There 's nothing true but Heaven.

Charles Lamb (1775 - 1834)

Source: This World is all a fleeting Show.

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A Quote by Charles Lamb on cheerfulness, love, memory, tears, and words

Oft in the stilly night, Ere slumber's chain has bound me, Fond memory brings the light Of other days around me; The smiles, the tears, Of boyhood's years, The words of love then spoken; The eyes that shone Now dimmed and gone, The cheerful hearts now broken.

Charles Lamb (1775 - 1834)

Source: Oft in the Stilly Night.

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A Quote by Celia Thaxter on certainty, children, earth, happiness, innocence, joy, musicians, poets, rest, tears, and tranquility

Like the musician, the painter, the poet, and the rest, the true lover of flowers is born, not made. And he is born to happiness in this vale of tears, to a certain amount of the purest joy that earth can giver her children, joy that is tranquil, innocent, uplifting, unfailing.

Celia Thaxter (1835 - 1894)

Source: An Island Garden, 1894

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A Quote by Cecil Frances Alexander on children, christianity, day, good, obedience, tears, and weakness

Christian children all must be Mild, obedient, good as He. . . . . For He is our childhood's pattern, Day by day like us He grew, He was little, weak, and helpless, Tears and smiles like us He knew; And He feeleth for our sadness, And He shareth in our gladness.

Cecil Frances Alexander (1818 - 1895)

Source: Once in Royal David’s City (1848)

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A Quote by Callimachus on death, friendship, tears, and world

Someone spoke of your death, Heraclitus. It brought me Tears, and I remembered how often together We ran the sun down with talk . . . somewhere You've long been dust, my Halicarnassian friend. But your Nightingales live on. Though the Death world Claws at everything, it will not touch them.

Callimachus (c. 300 - 240 BC)

Source: The Greek Anthology

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A Quote by C. S. Robinson on children, god, patience, silence, and tears

There are times when God asks nothing of his children except silence, patience, and tears.

C. S. Robinson

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A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on fear, merit, obstacles, sorrow, and tears

When a man venerates those worthy of veneration, be they Buddhas or their disciples, who have transcended all obstacles and passed beyond sorrow and tears - venerating such as these, whose passions are extinguished and for whom there is no further source for fear, no one can calculate how great his merit is.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: Sayings of the Buddha in The Dhammapada, p. 195, 196

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