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American poet
(1819 - 1891)
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Console yourself, dear man and brother; whatever you may be sure of, be sure at least of this, that you are dreadfully like other people. Human nature has a much greater genius for sameness than for originality.
      - [Human Nature]

Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found.
      - [Creativity]

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
      - [Democracy]

Enthusiasm begets enthusiasm, eloquence produces conviction for the moment; but it is only by truth to Nature and the everlasting institutions of mankind that those abiding influences are won that enlarge from generation to generation.
      - [Enthusiasm]

Equal when fields were lost or fields were won,
  With breath of popular applause or blame,
    Nor fanned or damped, unquenchably the same,
      Too inward to be reached by flaws of idle fame.
        Soldier and statesman, rarest unison;
          High-poised example of great duties done
            Simply as breathing, a world's honors worn
              As life's indifferent gifts to all men born;
                Dumb for himself, unless it were to God,
                  But for his barefoot soldiers eloquent,
                    Tramping the snow to coral where they trod,
                      Held by his awe in hollow-eyed content;
                        Modest, yet firm as Nature's self; unblamed
                          Save by the men his nobler temper shamed;
                            Never seduced through show of present good
                              By other than unsetting lights to steer
                                New-trimmed in Heaven, nor than his steadfast mood
                                  More steadfast, far from rashness as from fear;
                                    Rigid, but with himself first, grasping still
                                      In swerveless poise the wave-beat helm of will;
                                        Not honored then or now because he wooed
                                          The popular voice, but that he still withstood;
                                            Broad-minded, higher-souled, there is but one
                                              Who was all this and ours, and all men's,--Washington.
      - [Washington, George]

Evil is a far more cunning and persevering propagandist than good, for it has no inward strength, and is driven to seek countenance and sympathy.
      - [Evil]

Faith in God, faith in man, faith in work: this is the short formula in which we may sum up the teachings of the founders of New England,--a creed ample enough for this life and the next.
      - [Faith]

Fanaticism, or, to call it by its milder name, enthusiasm, is only powerful and active so long as it is aggressive. Establish it firmly in power, and it becomes conservatism, whether it will or no.
      - [Fanaticism]

Fashion being the art of those who must purchase notice at some cheaper rate than that of being beautiful, loves to do rash and extravagant things. She must be forever new, or she becomes insipid.
      - [Fashion]

Fastidiousness is only another word for egotism; and all men who know not where to look for truth save in the narrow well of self will find their own image at the bottom, and mistake it for what they are seeking.
      - [Fastidiousness]

Fate loves the fearless.
      - [Fate]

Flaw-seeing eyes, like needle points.
      - [Eyes]

Fortune is the rod of the weak and the staff of the brave.
      - [Fortune]

Genius is that in whose power a man is.
      - [Genius]

God does not weigh criminality in our scales. We have one absolute, with the seal of authority upon it; and with us an ounce is an ounce, and a pound a pound. God's measure is the heart of the offender,--a balance which varies with every one of us, a balance so delicate that a tear cast in the other side may make the weight of error kick the beam.
      - [Judgment]

God is the only being who has time enough; but a prudent man, who knows how to seize occasion, can commonly make a shift to find as much as he needs.
      - [Time]

God's livery is a very plain one; but its wearers have good reason to be content. If it have not so much gold-lace about it as Satan's, it keeps out foul weather better, and is besides a great deal cheaper.
      - [Goodness]

Good luck is the willing handmaid of upright, energetic character, and conscientious observance of duty.
      - [Luck]

Great truths are portions of the soul of man;
  Great souls are the portions of eternity.
      - [Greatness]

Have you ever rightly considered what the mere ability to read means? That it is the key which admits us to the whole world of thought and fancy and imagination? to the company of saint and sage, of the wisest and the wittiest at their wisest and wittiest moment? That it enables us to see with the keenest eyes, hear with the finest ears, and listen to the sweetest voices of all time? More than that, it annihilates time and space for us.
      - [Reading]

He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress, the highest lesson of statecraft.
      - [Authority]

Her hair was not more sunny than her heart, though like a natural golden coronet it circled her dear head with careless art.
      - [Hair]

History is clarified experience.
      - [History]

Humbleness is always grace, always dignity.
      - [Humility]

I would hardly change the sorrowful words of the poets for their glad ones. Tears dampen the strings of the lyre, but they grow the tensor for it, and ring even the clearer and more ravishingly.
      - [Tears]

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