Category Archives: From the Master Minds of all Ages.

December 10, 2016: Daily Quotation Collection

God’s Will.

God’s will is the very perfection of all reason.

Edward Payson.


Unseen Guards.

How sweet when nature claims repose, And darkness floats in silence nigh, To welcome in, at daylight’s close, Those radiant troops that gem the sky!

To feel that unseen hands we clasp, While feet unheard are gathered round To know that we in faith may grasp Celestial guards from heavenly ground.

Anon.


Magnifying Cherries.

There is a good deal of helpful philosophy in the course of the good natured man who had a pile of small cherries on his plate, and who made them taste better by looking at them through a magnifying glass and saying to himself, “Those are the biggest and handsomest cherries I ever saw.” 

Anon.


Opportunity.

Opportunity is the measure of a nation’s responsibility.

Charles Dudley Warner.


Little Tyrant.

Let every sound be dead; Baby sleeps. The Emperor softly tread! Baby sleeps. Let Mozart’s music stop! Let Phidias’ chisel drop! Baby sleeps. Demosthenes be dumb! Our tyrant’s hour has come! Baby sleeps.

Anon.


CHOICE QUOTATIONS IN  POETRY AND PROSE

(From the Master Minds of all Ages)

ARRANGED FOR DAILY USE BY THOMAS W. HANFORD (“ELMO”) copyright c. 1895

“Ten minutes each morning spent in the perusal of the page for the day will supply the mind with material for wise musings through all the day.”

“Great thoughts are valuable not only for the truth they contain, but for the truth they suggest. The thought that provokes thought is much more valuable than the thought that is only the echo of an accepted truth.”

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December 9, 2016: Daily Quotation Collection

Living Twice.

That man lives twice who lives the first life well.

Robert Herrick.


Kindness.

Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.

J. W. Goeth.


Society.

If we recall the rare hours when we encountered the best persons, we then found ourselves, and then first society seemed to exist.

R. W. Emerson.


Mind and Money.

It is the mind that makes us rich and happy, in what condition soever we are, and money signifies no more to it than it does to the gods.

Seneca.


Death is Death.

Console if you will, I can bear it; ‘Tis a well meant alms of breath, But not all the preaching since Adam Has made Death other than Death.

James Russell Lowell.


Worry.

They who live in a worry, invite death to hurry.

Anon.


Joy and Sorrow.

Joy and sorrow are next door neighbors.

Opitz.


Labor.

The gods sell everything good for labor.

Epicharmus.


Twins From Birth.

And twins, even from the birth, are misery and man.

Homer.


CHOICE QUOTATIONS IN  POETRY AND PROSE

(From the Master Minds of all Ages)

ARRANGED FOR DAILY USE BY THOMAS W. HANFORD (“ELMO”) copyright c. 1895

“Ten minutes each morning spent in the perusal of the page for the day will supply the mind with material for wise musings through all the day.”

“Great thoughts are valuable not only for the truth they contain, but for the truth they suggest. The thought that provokes thought is much more valuable than the thought that is only the echo of an accepted truth.”

December 8, 2016: Daily Quotation Collection

Making Haste Slowly.

To live long, it is necessary to live slowly.

Cicero.


Affliction.

Let us be patient! These severe afflictions Not from the ground arise, But oftentimes celestial benedictions Assume this dark disguise.

H. W. Longfellow.


Human and Divine.

Human things must be known to be loved, but divine things need to be loved to be known.

Anon.


Distrust.

Distrust that man who tells you to distrust. He takes the measure of his own small soul And thinks the world no larger.

Ella Wheeler.


Libraries.

Libraries are the wardrobes of literature.

James Dyer.


Salt.

Salt in its orthodox salt-cellar looks well and is useless — but when scattered and lost amid corruption it works and purifies — so with Christian life. Duncan Macgregor.


Temptations to Doubt.

He that has something to do has less temptation to doubt than the man who has nothing else to do but to doubt. Heresies in the Christian church come never from the faithful pastor, but always from the gentlemen at ease, who take no actual part in our holy war.

C. H. Spurgeon.


CHOICE QUOTATIONS IN  POETRY AND PROSE

(From the Master Minds of all Ages)

ARRANGED FOR DAILY USE BY THOMAS W. HANFORD (“ELMO”) copyright c. 1895

“Ten minutes each morning spent in the perusal of the page for the day will supply the mind with material for wise musings through all the day.”

“Great thoughts are valuable not only for the truth they contain, but for the truth they suggest. The thought that provokes thought is much more valuable than the thought that is only the echo of an accepted truth.”

December 7, 2016: Daily Quotation Collection

The Width of a Grave.

There’s a narrow ridge in the graveyard Would scarce stay a child in his race, But to me and my thought it is wider Than the star-sown vague of Space.

James Russell Lowell.


Charity.

Charity is an eternal debt.

Pasquier Quesnel.


A Poor Home.

A bad tent to dwell under is discontent.

Anon.


The One Test of Littleness.

All finery is a sure sign of littleness.

Lavater.


Paradise vs. Home.

To Adam, Paradise was home; to the good among his descendants, home is paradise.

Julius Hare.


The Happy Man.

He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.

J. Von Goeth.


The Strength of a Nation.

The strength of a nation, especially of a republican nation, is in the intelligent and well ordered homes of the people.

Mrs. Sigourney.


Stumbling-blocks or Stepping-stones.

Our environments are stumbling-blocks, or stepping-stones, just as we use them.

Elmo.


The Gates of Circumstance.

The massive gates of Circumstance, Are turned upon the smallest hinge, And thus some seeming petty chance Oft gives our life an after tinge.

Anon.


CHOICE QUOTATIONS IN  POETRY AND PROSE

(From the Master Minds of all Ages)

ARRANGED FOR DAILY USE BY THOMAS W. HANFORD (“ELMO”) copyright c. 1895

“Ten minutes each morning spent in the perusal of the page for the day will supply the mind with material for wise musings through all the day.”

“Great thoughts are valuable not only for the truth they contain, but for the truth they suggest. The thought that provokes thought is much more valuable than the thought that is only the echo of an accepted truth.”

December 6, 2016: Daily Quotation Collection

A Sharp Definition.

Haste is the Devil.

Koran.


God’s Governance.

God governs in the affairs of men; and if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, neither can a kingdom rise without His aid.

Benjamin Franklin.


Genius and Madness.

There is no great genius free from some tincture of madness.

Seneca.


Napoleon.

Was it possible that Napoleon should win the battle of Waterloo? We answer, no! Why? Because of Wellington? Because of Blucher? No! Because of God! For Bonaparte to conquer at Waterloo was not the law of the nineteenth century. It was time that this vast man should fall. He had been impeached before the Infinite! He had vexed God! Waterloo was not a battle. It was the change of front of the Universe!

Victor Hugo.


No Fear of Death.

I have no fear of death, but only of long waiting for it. When once a man has made up his mind that God means to do him good, he ceases to fear death.

Anthony Trollope.


God and the Tailor.

Don’t judge a man by the clothes he wears; God made one and the tailor the other. Anon.


A Paradox.

The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are the more leisure we have.

William Hazlitt.


CHOICE QUOTATIONS IN  POETRY AND PROSE

(From the Master Minds of all Ages)

ARRANGED FOR DAILY USE BY THOMAS W. HANFORD (“ELMO”) copyright c. 1895

“Ten minutes each morning spent in the perusal of the page for the day will supply the mind with material for wise musings through all the day.”

“Great thoughts are valuable not only for the truth they contain, but for the truth they suggest. The thought that provokes thought is much more valuable than the thought that is only the echo of an accepted truth.”

December 5, 2016: Daily Quotation Collection

The Best Doctor.

Time is generally the best doctor.

Ovid.


Living Backward.

No man is at liberty to live backward. If the prophets underwent misjudgment and torment by reason of having to live in the future, what shall be said of those poor rickety creatures who are always trying to go back into the dim past, to exhume the prophets, and to live three or four centuries behind their privileges?

Joseph Parker.


I Wish!

I wish — that friends were always true And motives always pure; I wish the good were not so few, I wish the bad were fewer.

J. G. Saxe.


Troubling Trouble.

Don’t trouble trouble till trouble troubles you.

Anon.


The Great Bell of Moscow.

The great bell of Moscow is too large to be hung: the question arises, what was the use of making it? Some preachers are so learned that they cannot make themselves understood, or else cannot bring their minds to preach plain, gospel sermons; here, too, the same question might be asked.

C. H. Spurgeon.


The Gods See Everywhere.

In the elder days of Art Builders wrought with greatest care Each minute and unseen part, For the gods see everywhere.

H. W. Longfellow.


CHOICE QUOTATIONS IN  POETRY AND PROSE

(From the Master Minds of all Ages)

ARRANGED FOR DAILY USE BY THOMAS W. HANFORD (“ELMO”) copyright c. 1895

“Ten minutes each morning spent in the perusal of the page for the day will supply the mind with material for wise musings through all the day.”

“Great thoughts are valuable not only for the truth they contain, but for the truth they suggest. The thought that provokes thought is much more valuable than the thought that is only the echo of an accepted truth.”

December 4, 2016: Quotations of the Day

Pass Through the Clouds.

To reach the regions of light, you must pass through the clouds. Some stop there, others are wise enough to go beyond.

Joseph Joubert.


Soldered, but not Sound.

A broken friendship may be soldered, but will never be sound.

Anon.


After the Burial.

In the breaking gulfs of sorrow, When the helpless feet stretch out, And find in the deeps of darkness No footing so solid as doubt;

Then better one spar of memory, One broken plank of the past, That our human heart may cling to, Tho’ hopeless of shore at last!

James Russell Lowell.


Education and Liberty.

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. If we retrench the wages of the schoolmaster, we must raise those of the recruiting sergeant.

Edward Everett.


A Passion for Flowers.

A passion for flowers is, I really think, the only one which long sickness leaves untouched with its chilling influence.

Mrs. Hemans.


Education.

Education is the key note of the best society.

Emily Faithful.


Giving.

Who gives and hides the giving hand, Nor count on favors, fame or praise, Shall find his smallest gift outweighs The burden of the sea and land.

Anon.


 CHOICE QUOTATIONS IN  POETRY AND PROSE

(From the Master Minds of all Ages)

ARRANGED FOR DAILY USE BY THOMAS W. HANFORD (“ELMO”) copyright c. 1895

“Ten minutes each morning spent in the perusal of the page for the day will supply the mind with material for wise musings through all the day.”

“Great thoughts are valuable not only for the truth they contain, but for the truth they suggest. The thought that provokes thought is much more valuable than the thought that is only the echo of an accepted truth.”