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George Augustus Sala Quotes


English journalist
(1828 - 1895)

God has so ordered that men, being in need of each other, should learn to love each other, and bear each other's burdens.
 

How beautifully is it ordered, that as many thousands work for one, so must every individual bring his labor to make the whole. - The highest is not to despise the lowest, nor the lowest to envy the highest; each must live in all and by all. - So God has ordered, that men, being in need of each other, should learn to love each other, and to bear each other's burdens.
[Dependence]
 

In the intercourse of social life, it is by little acts of watchful kindness recurring daily and hourly, by words, tones, gestures, looks, that affection is won and preserved.
[Kindness]
 

Language is like amber in its efficacy to circulate the electric spirit of truth, it is also like amber in embalming and preserving the relics of ancient wisdom, although one is not seldom puzzled to decipher its contents. Sometimes it locks up truths which were once well known, but which, in the course of ages, have passed out of sight and been forgotten. In other cases it holds the germs of truths, of which, though they were never plainly discerned, the genius of its framers caught a glimpse in a happy moment of divination.
[Language]
 

Life is like a beautiful and winding lane, on either side bright flowers, beautiful butterflies, and tempting fruits, which we scarcely pause to admire and taste, so eager are we to hasten to an opening which we imagine will be more beautiful still. But by degrees, as we advance, the trees grow bleak, the flowers and butterflies fail, the fruits disappear, and we find we have arrived - to reach a desert waste.
[Life]
 

Not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
[Conversation]
 

Society is the master and man is the servant; and it is entirely according as society proves a good or bad master, whether he turns out a bad or a good servant.
[Man]
 

The future is always a fairy land to the young.
 

Thought engenders thought. Place one idea upon paper, another will follow it, and still another, until you have written a page. You cannot fathom your mind. It is a well of thought which has no bottom. The more you draw from it, the more clear and fruitful will it be. If you neglect to think yourself, and use other people's thoughts, giving them utterance only, you will never know what you are capable of. At first your ideas may come out in lumps, homely and shapeless; but no matter; time and perseverance will arrange and polish them. Learn to think, and you will learn to write; the more you think, the better you will express your ideas.
[Thought]