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Mrs. Lydia M. Child Quotes

American abolitionist
(1802 - 1880)

"Whosoever quarrels with his fate does not understand it," says Bettine; and among all her sayings she spoke none wiser.

An effort made for the happiness of others lifts above ourselves.

Childhood itself is scarcely more lovely than a cheerful, kindly, sunshiny old age.

Every man deems that he has precisely the trials and temptations which are the hardest of all others for him to bear; but they are so, simply because they are the very ones he most needs.

Gratitude is the memory of the heart; therefore forget not to say often, I have all I have ever enjoyed.

Great is the strength of an individual soul, true to its high trust; mighty is it, even to the redemption of a world.

How the universal heart of man blesses flowers! - They are wreathed round the cradle, the marriage altar, and the tomb. - They should deck the brow of the youthful bride, for they are in themselves a lovely type of marriage. - They should twine round the tomb, for their perpetually renewed beauty is a symbol of the resurrection. - They should festoon the altar, for their fragrance and beauty ascend in perpetual worship before the most high.

Music is a prophecy of what life is to be; the rainbow of promise translated out of seeing into hearing.

Nature is beautiful, always beautiful! Every little flake of snow is a perfect crystal, and they fall together as gracefully as if fairies of the air caught water-drops and made them into artificial flowers to garland the wings of the wind!

No snow falls lighter than the snow of age; but none lies heavier, for it never melts. It is a rare and difficult attainment to grow old gracefully and happily.

Not having enough sunshine is what ails the world. - Make people happy, and there will not be half the quarreling, or a tenth part of the wickedness there now is.

Society moves slowly toward civilization, but when we compare epochs half a century or even quarter of a century apart, we perceive many signs that progress is made.

The cure for all the ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrows, and the crimes of humanity, all lie in that one word "love." It is the divine vitality that everywhere produces and restores life. To each and every one of us, it gives the power of working miracles if we will.

The desire to be beloved is ever restless and unsatisfied; but the love that flows out upon others is a perpetual well-spring from on high.

Whatever is highest and holiest is tinged with melancholy. The eye of genius has always a plaintive expression, and its natural language is pathos. A prophet is sadder than other men; and He who was greater than all the prophets was "a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief."

You find yourself refreshed by the presence of cheerful people. - Why not make earnest effort to confer that pleasure on others? - Half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy.