A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.
It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest.
Freedom is not worth fighting for if it means no more than license for everyone to get as much as he can for himself.
...there are two ways to meet life; you may refuse to care until indifference becomes a habit, a defensive armor, and you are safe - but bored. Or you can care greatly, live greatly, until life breaks you on its wheel.
One of the many things nobody ever tells you about middle age is that it's such a nice change from being young.
If we would only give, just once, the same amount of reflection to what we want to get out of life that we give to the question of what to do with a two weeks' vacation, we would be startled at our false standards and the aimless procession of our busy days.
A mom isn't an individual to lean on, but a person to generate leaning needless.
If we could learn how to utilize all the intelligence and patent good will children are born with, instead of ignoring much of it - why - there might be enough to go around! There might be enough to solve our alarming human problems, to put an end to poverty, to stop waging wars.
Vermont is the only place in America where I ever hear thrift spoken of with respect.
What's the use of inventing a better system as long as there just aren't enough folks with sense to go around?
Libraries are the vessels in which the seed corn for the future is stored.
help that is not positively necessary is a hindrance to a growing organism.
The richness and endless variety of human relationships ... that's what authors, even the finest and greatest, only succeed in hinting at. It's a hopeless business, like trying to dip up the ocean with a tea-spoon.
The actions of a human being, even of fifteen months of age, may not be without significance to a sympathetic eye.
Taking somebody's sacrifices is like taking counterfeit money. You're only the poorer.
it was always insolent for a common man to take a chair in the presence of a lady - the word LADY, we may be sure, capitalized in her mind, and denoting not sex but rank.
perhaps all this modern ferment of what's known as 'social conscience' or 'civic responsibility' isn't a result of the sense of duty, but of the old, old craving for beauty.
Some people think that doctors and nurses can put scrambled eggs back into the shell.
Oh, yes, of course I like music, too. Very much. It's so pleasant of an evening, especially when made by your friends at home. I often say I like it better than cards. Though I must say I do like a good game of bridge.
What a fearfully distracting, perplexing and heart-searching business it is to live.
Life takes hold of us with strong hands and makes us greater than we thought.
Compared with more emotional types, Vermonters seem to have few passions. But those they have are great and burning. The greatest is their conviction that without freedom human life is not worth living.
On New Year's Day every calendar, large and small, has the same number of dates. But we soon learn that the years are of very different lengths.
What is life, but one long risk?
Father sticks to it that anything that promises to pay too much can't help being risky.
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