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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.

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

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

How like a mounting devil in the heart rules the unreined 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.

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.

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.

No degree of temptation justifies any degree of sin.

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.

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.

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

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