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To Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love All pray in their distress.
[Prayer]
 

To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour.
 

To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hands, and eternity in an hour.
 

To the eyes of a miser a guinea is more beautiful than the sun, and a bag worn with the use of money has more beautiful proportions than a vine filled with grapes.
 

Tools were made and born were hands, Every farmer understands.
[Work]
 

Travelers repose and dream among my leaves.
 

Truth can never be told so as to be understood, and not be believed.
 

Want of money and the distress of a thief can never be alleged as the cause of his thieving, for many honest people endure greater hardships with fortitude. We must therefore seek the cause elsewhere than in want of money, for that is the miser's passion, not the thief s.
 

What is a wife and what is a harlot? What is a church and what is a theatre? are they two and not one? Can they exist separate? Are not religion and politics the same thing? Brotherhood is religion. O demonstrations of reason dividing families in cruelty and pride!
 

What is grand is necessarily obscure to weak men. That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care.
 

What is now proved was once only imagined.
 

What is the price of experience? Do men buy it for a song? Or wisdom for a dance in the street? No, it is bought with the price of all the man hath, his house, his wife, his children.
 

When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend.
 

When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do.
 

When thou seest an Eagle, thou seest a portion of Genius; lift up thy head!
 

Where mercy, love, and pity dwell, there God is dwelling too.
 

Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.
 

You cannot have Liberty in this world without what you call Moral Virtue, and you cannot have Moral Virtue without the slavery of that half of the human race who hate what you call Moral Virtue.
 

You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.
[Art]
 


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