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Nathaniel Parker Willis Quotes


An American author, poet and editor.
(1806 - 1867)

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Ah me! the world is full of meetings such as this, - a thrill, a voiceless challenge and reply, and sudden partings after!
 

At present there is no distinction among the upper ten thousand of the city.
 

Blessed are the joymakers.
[Lighten Up]
 

For woman's love - I mean self-love, is boundless, just like the sea, and sometimes quite as groundless.
[Love]
 

Gratitude is not only the memory but the homage of the heart rendered to God for his goodness.
[Gratitude]
 

He who binds his soul to knowledge, steals the key of heaven.
 

How like a mounting devil in the heart rules the unreined ambition.
[Ambition]
 

I have unlearned contempt. - It is a sin that is engendered earliest in the soul, and doth beset it like a poison-worm, feeding on all its beauty.
 

If there is any thing that keeps the mind open to angel visits, and repels the ministry of evil, it is a pure human love.
[Affection]
 

If there is anything that keeps the mind open to angel visits, and repels the ministry of ill, it is human love.
 

Intellect - the starlight of the brain.
[Intellect]
 

Nature has thrown a veil of modest beauty over maidenhood and moss roses.
 

Nature's noblemen are everywhere, in town and out of town, gloved and rough-handed, rich and poor. - Prejudice against a lord because he is a lord, is losing the chance of finding a good fellow, as much as prejudice against a ploughman because he is a ploughman.
[Nobility]
 

No degree of temptation justifies any degree of sin.
[Temptation]
 

Of dead kingdoms I recall the soul, sitting amid their ruins.
 

Pitch a lucky man, into the Nile, says the Arabian proverb, and he will come up with a fish in his mouth.
[Luck]
 

Press on! for in the grave there is no work and no device. Press on! while yet you may.
 

Such is the force of envy and ill-nature, that the failings of good men are more published to the world than their good deeds; and one fault of a well-deserving man shall meet with more reproaches than all his virtues will with praise.
 

The highest triumph of art, is the truest presentation of nature.
[Art]
 

The innocence that feels no risk and is taught no caution, is more vulnerable than guilt, and oftener assailed.
[Innocence]
 


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