Quotations for May 30th

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance.

A man’s desire is for the woman, but the woman’s desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man.

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions – the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment.

Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, that itself will need reforming.

William Wordsworth

Suffering is permanent, obscure and dark, And shares the nature of infinity.

The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly.

Rapine, avarice, expense, This is idolatry; and these we adore; Plain living and high thinking are no more.

Sir Walter Scott

O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!

All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.

To the timid and hesitating everything is impossible because it seems so.

Vacant heart, and hand, and eye,
Easy live and quiet die.

My dear, be a good man — be virtuous — be religious — be a good man. Nothing else will give you any comfort when you come to lie here. …God bless you all.

Edmund Burke

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation.

What ever disunites man from God, also disunites man from man.

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.

The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please: we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations.

Robert Frost

A mother takes twenty years to make a man of her boy, and another woman makes a fool of him in twenty minutes.

Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.

Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.

It’s a funny thing that when a man hasn’t anything on earth to worry about, he goes off and gets married.

I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

What other dungeon is so dark as one’s own heart! What jailer so inexorable as one’s self!

A woman’s chastity consists, like an onion, of a series of coats.

We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death.

Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.

No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.

Evelyn Waugh

It is a curious thing… that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste.

The human mind is inspired enough when it comes to inventing horrors; it is when it tries to invent a Heaven that it shows itself cloddish.

Pray always for all the learned, the oblique, the delicate. Let them not be quite forgotten at the throne of God when the simple come into their kingdom.