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Thomas Bailey Aldrich Quotes





A man is known by the company his mind keeps.
 

After a debauch of thundershower, the weather takes the pledge and signs it with a rainbow.
[Nature]
 

All the best sands of my life are somehow getting into the wrong end of the hourglass. If I could only reverse it! Were it in my power to do so, would I?
 

Books that have become classics - books that have had their day and now get more praise than perusal - always remind me of retired colonels and majors and captains who, having reached the age limit, find themselves retired on half pay.
 

Civilization is the lamb's skin in which barbarism masquerades.
 

I like to have a thing suggested rather than told in full. When every detail is given, the mind rests satisfied, and the imagination loses the desire to use its own wings.
 

No bird has ever uttered note That was not in some first bird's throat; Since Eden's freshness and man's fall No rose has been original.
 

October turned my maple's leaves to gold; The most are gone now; here and there one lingers; Soon these will slip from out the twig's weak hold, Like coins between a dying miser's fingers.
 

Sorrow itself is not so hard to bear as the thought of sorrow coming. Airy ghosts that work no harm do terrify us more than men in steel with bloody purposes.
[Anticipation]
 

The man who suspects his own tediousness has yet to be born.
 

The man who suspects his own tediousness is yet to be born.
 

The ocean moans over dead men's bones.
 

The possession of gold has ruined fewer men than the lack of it.
 

There must be such a thing as a child with average ability, but you can't find a parent who will admit that it is his child.
 

They fail, and they alone, who have not striven.
 

To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent -that is to triumph over old age.
 

True art selects and paraphrases, but seldom gives a verbatim translation.
 

What is lovely never dies, put passes into other loveliness.