The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.
Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to.
As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living, new dimensions of the soul will not emerge.
There are two good rules which ought to be written on every heart - never to believe anything bad about anybody unless you positively know it to be true; never to tell even that unless you feel that it is absolutely necessary, and that God is listening.
But it is better to follow even the shadow of the best than to remain content with the worst.
There is a loftier ambition than to stand high in the world. It is to step down and lift mankind a little higher.
Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.
Oh It's home again, and homed again, America for me. I want a ship that's Westward bound, to plough the rolling sea.
It is with rivers as it is with people: the greatest are not always the most agreeable nor the best to live with.
There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament.
Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.
The woods would be quiet if no bird sang but the one that sang best.
It is better to burn the candle at both ends, and in the middle, too, than to put it away in the closet and let the mice eat it.
But this I know. Those who seek Him will do well to look among the poor and the lowly, the sorrowful and the oppressed.
Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.
There is only one way to get ready for immortality, and that is to love this life and live it as bravely and faithfully and cheerfully as we can.
Many a treasure besides Ali Baba's is unlocked with a verbal key.
The proverb says that 'well begun is half done.' But the other half is harder and more necessary,-to get a thing well ended.
What we do belongs to what we are; and what we are is what becomes of us.
He knew that all was well, because he had done the best that he could, from day to day. He had been true to the light that had been given to him.
A peace that depends on fear is nothing but a suppressed war.
Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.
In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration of independence, then a recognition of interdependence.
To desire and strive to be of some service to the world, to aim at doing something which shall really increase the happiness and welfare and virtue of mankind - this is a choice which is possible for all of us; and surely it is a good haven to sail for.
He that planteth a tree is a servant of God, he provideth a kindness for many generations, and faces that he hath not seen shall bless him.
Never believe anything bad about anybody unless you positively know it to be true; never tell even that unless you feel that it is absolutely necessary - and remember that God is listening while you tell it.
Love is the heart s immortal thirst to be completely known and all forgiven.
Time is: too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear.
Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.
Half of the secular unrest and dismal, profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain ideas that every man is bound to be a critic for life.
Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else. But what you are will be yours forever.
Culture is the habit of being pleased with the best and knowing why.