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To most men experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illumine only the track it has passed. (Coleridge.
All is but lip wisdom which wants experience. (Sir P. Sidney.
Nor deem the irrevocable Past,
We read the past by the light of the present, and the forms vary as the shadows fall, or as the point of vision alters. (Froude.
In her experience all her friends relied, Heaven was her help and nature was her
The finest poetry was first experience. (Emerson.
What man would be wise, let him drink of the river That bears on its waters the record of Time; A message to him every wave can deliver To teach him to creep till he knows how to climb. (John Boyle O'Reilly.
It is some compensation for great evils that they enforce great lessons. (Bowee.
I think there are stores laid up in our human nature that our understandings can make no complete inventory of.
We gain Justice, judgment, with years, or else years are in vain. (Owen Meredith.
Time will teach thee soon the truth,
The child, through stumbling, learns to walk erect. Every fall is a fall upward. (Theodore Parker.
Only so much do I know, as I have lived. (Emerson.
Experience is no more transferable in morals
than in art. (Froude.
Do not cheat thy Heart, and tell her, “Grief will pass away, Hope for fairer times in future, And forget to-day.” Tell her, if you will, that sorrow Need not come in vain; Tell her that the lesson taught her Far outweighs the pain. (Adelaide A. Proctor Behold, we live through all things, famine, thirst, Bereavement, pain; all grief and misery, All woe and sorrow; life inflicts its worst On soul and body, but we cannot die Though we be sick, and tired, and faint, and worn,Lo, all things can be borne! (Elizabeth Akers. Making all futures fruits of all the pasts. (Edwin Arnold. A face that had a story to tell. How different faces are in this particular ! Some of them speak not. They are books in which not a line is written, save perhaps a date. (Longfellow.
Walls must get the weather stain
And thou, too, whosoe'er thou art,
To suffer and be strong. (Longfellow.
Faith builds a bridge across the gulf of death, To break the shock blind nature cannot shun. And lands thought smoothly on the farther
There is no strength in unbelief. Even the unbelief of what is false is no source of might. It is the truth shining from be. hund that gives the strength to disbelieve. (George MacDonald. Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new. (Thoreau.
800 GEMS FOR THE FIRESIDE.
The sweetest of all sounds is praise.
Who pants for glory, finds but short repose;
in ore. (Young.
Scarcely two hundred years back can Fame recollect articulately at all; and there she but maunders and mumbles (Carlyle.
After your death you were better have a bad epitaph, than their ill report while you lived. (Shakespeare.
Good men will yield thee praise; then slight
The love of praise, howe'er conceal’d by art,
Your supper is like the Hidalgo's dinner: very little meat, and a great deal of table-cloth. (Longfellow.
I see; . . . . . that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man. (Shakespeare.
Every fancy you consult, consult your purse. (Franklin.
Nothing is thought rare Which is not new, and follow'd; yet we know That what was worn some twenty years ago
Comes into grace again.
Be not the first by whom the new are tryd, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside. (Pope.
There can be no kernel in this light nut; the soul of this man is in his clothes.
FATE AND FORTUNE.
Fate is the friend of the good, the guide of the wise, the tyrant of the foolish, the enemy of the bad. (W. R. Alger.
There is a tide in the affairs of men,
(Shakespeare. Heaven from all creatures hides the book of Fate. (Pope.
Except wind stands as never it stood,
A woman's lot is made for her by the love she accepts. (George Eliot.
I have touch'd the highest point of all my greatness:
And, from that full meridian of my glory,
I haste now to my setting. (Shakespeare.
What a glorious thing human life is, . . . . and how glorious man's destiny. (Longfellow.