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I would rather be remembered by a song than by a victory.
– Alexander Smith
The world is not so much in need of new thoughts as that when thought grows old and worn with usage it should, like current coin, be called in, and, from the mint of genius, reissued fresh and new.
To be occasionally quoted is the only fame I care for.
The sea complains upon a thousand shores.
A man doesn’t plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity.
Everything is sweetened by risk.
I go into my library and all history unrolls before me.
Trees are your best antiques.
Death is the ugly fact which Nature has to hide, and she hides it well.
The saddest thing that befalls a soul is when it loses faith in God and woman.
How deeply seated in the human heart is the liking for gardens and gardening.
A man gazing on the stars is proverbially at the mercy of the puddles in the road.
To sit for one’s portrait is like being present at one’s own creation.
The man who in this world can keep the whiteness of his soul is not likely to lose it in any other.
Christmas is the day that holds all time together.
Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.
We bury love; Forgetfulness grows over it like grass: That is a thing to weep for, not the dead.
Trifles make up the happiness or the misery of human life.
Books are a finer world within the world.
If you wish to preserve your secret, wrap it up in frankness.
There is no ghost so difficult to lay as the ghost of an injury.
The dead keep their secrets, and in a while we shall be as wise as they – and as taciturn.
A great man is the man who does something for the first time.
Every man’s road in life is marked by the graves of his personal liking.
A man’s real possession is his memory. In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor.
We are never happy; we can only remember that we were so once.