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Scottish poet and novelist
(1824 - 1905)
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We should teach our children to think no more of their bodies when dead than they do of their hair when cut off, or of their old clothes when they have done with them.
      - Annals of a Quiet Neighborhood (p. 481)

How did they all just come to be you?
  God though about me and so I grew.
      - At the Back of the North Wind (ch. XXXIII),
        a song [Babyhood]

Where did you come from, baby dear?
  Out of the Everywhere into here.
      - At the Back of the North Wind (ch. XXXIII),
        a song [Babyhood]

Whence that three-cornered smile of bliss?
  Three angels gave me at once a kiss.
      - Baby (st. 7) [Smiles]

Here lie I, Martin Elginbrodde:
  Have mercy o' my soul, Lord God;
    As I wad do, were I Lord God,
      And ye were Martin Elginbrodde.
      - David Elginbrod (ch. XIII) [Epitaphs]

I came from God, and I'm going back to God, and I won't have any gaps of death in the middle of my life.
      - Mary Marston (ch. LVII) [Immortality]

In giving, a man receives more than he gives, and the more is in proportion to the worth of the thing given.
      - Mary Marston (ch. V) [Gifts]

To receive honestly is the best thanks for a good thing.
      - Mary Marston (ch. V) [Thankfulness]

Alas! how easily things go wrong!
  A sigh too deep, or a kiss too long,
    And then comes a mist and a weeping rain,
      And life is never the same again.
      - Phantastes--A Fairy Story [Wrong]

The direst foe of courage is the fear itself, not the object of it; and the man who can overcome his own terror is a hero and more.
      - Sir Gibbie (ch. XX) [Fear]

Light-leaved acacias, by the door,
  Stood up in balmy air,
    Clusters of blossomed moonlight bore,
      And breathed a perfume rare.
      - Song of the Spring Nights (pt. I) [Acacia]

Where did you get that pearly ear?
  God spoke and it came out to hear.
      - Song--At the Back of the North Wind
         (ch. XXXIII) [Hearing]

Where did you get your eyes so blue?
  Out of the sky as I came through.
      - Song--At the Back of the North Wind
         (ch. XXXIII) [Eyes]

The holy spirit of the Spring
  Is working silently.
      - Songs of the Spring Days (pt. II) [Spring]

The flaming rose gloomed swarthy red;
  The borage gleams more blue;
    And low white flowers, with starry head,
      Glimmer the rich dusk through.
      - Songs of the Summer Night (pt. III)

Woo on, with odour wooing me,
  Faint rose with fading core;
    For God's rose-thought, that blooms in thee,
      Will bloom forevermore.
      - Songs of the Summer Night (pt. III)

The west is broken into bars
  Of orange, gold, and gray;
    Gone is the sun, come are the stars,
      And night infolds the day.
      - Songs of the Summer Nights [Twilight]

To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.
      - The Marquis of Lossie (ch. IV) [Trust]

Obedience is the key to every door.
      - The Marquis of Lossie (ch. LIII)

But there is no veil like light--no adamantine armor against hurt like the truth.
      - The Marquis of Lossie (ch. LXXI) [Truth]

Friends, if we be honest with ourselves, we shall be honest with each other.
      - The Marquis of Lossie (ch. LXXI) [Honesty]

I find the doing of the will of God, leaves me no time for disputing about His plans.
      - The Marquis of Lossie (ch. LXXII)

Age is not all decay; it is the ripening, the swelling, of the fresh life within, that withers and bursts the husk.
      - The Marquis of Lossie (ch. XL) [Age]

As you grow ready for it, somewhere or other you will find what is needful for you in a book.
      - The Marquis of Lossie (ch. XLII) [Books]

There is no strength in unbelief. Even the unbelief of what is false is no source of might. It is the truth shining from behind that gives the strength to disbelieve.
      - The Marquis of Lossie (ch. XLII)

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