Quotes

I have a file and a little book where I write things that catch my eye or that strike a chord with me. I have started posting a quote every month or so, and here I list it as I change it.

“Expect a most agreeable letter, for not being overburdened with subject (having nothing at all to say), I shall have no check to my genius from beginning to end.” Jane Austen, in a letter dated Jan 21 1801

“The loss of fortune serves only to increase the pride of the worthy” Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield

“I used to come from the village with all that dirt and coarse ugliness like a pain within me, and the simpering pictures in the drawing-room seemed to me like a wicked attempt to find delight in what is false, while we don’t mind how hard the truth is for the neighbours outside our walls. I think we have no right to come forward and urge wider changes for good, until we have tried to alter the evils which lie under our own hands.” George Eliot, Middlemarch

“It should always be recollected, that without good provisions the skill of the cook will avail nothing.” Samuel & Sarah Adams, The Complete Servant, 1825

“And I looked up at the stars, and thought about travellers in distant countries and the stars they saw, and hoped I might always be so blest and happy as to be useful to some one in my small way.” Charles Dickens, Bleak House

“What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.”
Jane Austen, in a letter dated Sept. 18, 1796.

“Whatever comes” she said, “cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside.” Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

“The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books.” Henry W. Longfellow

“It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour.” Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

“Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.” Voltaire

“The only simplicity that is desirable is simplicity of soul, a certain singleness of aim and quiet detachment of vision, a mood of enduring repose not at variance with constant endeavour, a habit of content, contemplation and peace.” Bliss Carman, The friendship of art, 1904

“I know that our inheritance is held in store for us by Time. I know there is a sea of Time to rise one day, before which all who wrong us or opress us will be swept away like leaves.” Charles Dickens, The Chimes

With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

“To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment.”
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

“To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition.” Samuel Johnson

“Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words And never stops at all.” Emily Dickinson

“I want to be above the little meannesses, and follies, and faults that spoil so many women.” L.M. Alcott, Little Women

“What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit-world of childhood, tempered and balanced by knowledge and common sense.” Beatrix Potter

“Look on other lives besides your own. See what their troubles are, and how they are borne. Try to care about something in this vast world besides the gratification of small selfish desires. Try to care for what is best in thought and action-something that is good apart from the accidents of your own lot.” George Eliot, Daniel Deronda.

“A man’s country is where he’s well off.” George Eliot, Daniel Deronda.

“If we have no hope for the future, I do not see how we can look back at the past with pleasure.” William Morris

“Feminism is the radical idea that women are people” As seen on a bumpersticker.¨

There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, counfounding their enemies and delighting their friends.” Homer, The Odyssey

“A little sea-bathing would set me up forever.” Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice

Woe to the cook whose sauce has no sting.” Geoffrey Chaucer

“It is settled between us already, that we are to be the happiest couple in the world.” Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice

“Sweet the coming on

Of grateful evening mild.” John Milton, Paradise Lost

“Who wants a pancake, sweet and piping hot? Good little Grace looks up and says, ‘I’ll take the one on top’. Who else wants a pancake, fresh off the griddle? Terrible Teresa smiles and says, ‘I’ll take the one in the middle’.” Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends

“How doth the little busy bee Improve each shining hour, And gather honey all the day From every opening flower!” Isaac Watts, Against Idleness and Mischief, Divine Songs for Children

Toujours strawberries and cream.” Samuel Johnson

“I have learned and dismantled all the words in order to draw from them a single word: Home.” Mahmoud Darwish

Is it robin o’clock?
Is it five after wing?
Is it quarter to leaf?
Is it nearly time for spring?

Is it grass to eleven?
Is it flower to eight?
Is it half-past snowflake?
Do we still have to wait? Eve Merriam, Blackberry Ink

“They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.” Edward Lear, The Owl and the Pussycat

“I shall give life here my best, and I believe it will give its best to me in return. When I left Queen’s my future seemed to stretch out before me like a straight road. I thought I could see along it for many a milestone. Now there is a bend in it. I don’t know what lies around the bend, but I’m going to believe that the best does. It has a fascination of its own, that bend, Marilla. I wonder how the road beyond it goes–what there is of green glory and soft, checkered light and shadows–what new landscapes–what new beauties–what curves and hills and valleys further on.” L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

If you come at four in the afternoon, I’ll begin to be happy by three.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince

I will make you brooches and toys for your delight,
Of bird-song at morning and star-shine at night.
I will make a palace fit for you and me,
Of green days in forests and blue days at sea.

I will make my kitchen, and you shall keep your room,
Where white flows the river and bright blows the broom,
And you shall wash your linen and keep your body white
In rainfall at morning and dewfall at night.

And this shall be for music when no one else is near,
The fine song for singing, the rare song to hear!
That only I remember, that only you admire,
Of the broad road that stretches and the roadside fire.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

“If of thy mortal goods thou are bereft,
and from thy slender store
two loaves to thee are left,
sell one,
and with the dole,
buy hyacinths,
to feed thy soul.”
Saadi

“Education has been my shield, my sword and my olive branch.” Queen Rania of Jordan

“Black bottom pie is so delicate, so luscious, that I hope to be propped up on my dying bed and fed a generous portion. Then I think I should refuse outright to die, for life would be too good to relinquish.” Marjorie K. Rawlings, Cross Creek Cookery

“What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label ‘liberal’? If by ‘liberal’ they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people, their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties-someone who believes that we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a liberal, then I’m proud to say that I’m a Liberal.” John F. Kennedy

“I took my power in my hand
and went against the world.”

Emily Dickinson

“We have been to both the Exhibition & Sir J. Reynolds’, – and I am disappointed, for there was nothing like Mrs. Darcy at either. – I can only imagine that Mr. Darcy prizes any Picture of her too much to like it should be exposed to the public eye. – I can imagine he would have that sort of feeling – that mixture of Love, Pride & Delicacy.”

Jane Austen, in a letter to her sister Cassandra, after visiting an art exhibition in London. May 24, 1813

“Dove, come to my bosom -it yearns for you as it never did before. I shall fold my arms together, after I am in bed, and try to imagine that you are close to my heart. Naughty wife, what right have you to be anywhere else? How many sweet words I should breathe into your ear, in the quiet night -how many holy kisses would I press upon your lips…”

Nathaniel Hawthorne, to Sophia Peabody, his fiancee, September 23rd, 1839. They were not married until 1842, but Hawthorne called her ‘Sophie Hawthorne’ in his letters. This lovely passage was later  inked out by Sophia out of concern for their privacy.

“There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.” Jane Austen, Emma

2 Responses to “Quotes”

  1. Lilian July 23, 2007 at 2:24 pm #

    Lots of good quotes! If I’d read them before I would have added them to the list of things that made me smile!

  2. mario fuentes November 29, 2007 at 4:50 pm #

    muy interesante esta lectura

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