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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
T. W. Higginson
 
  “An ounce of mother,” says the Spanish proverb, “is worth a pound of clergy.”  1
  Character shows itself apart from genius as a special thing. The first point of measurement of any man is that of quality.  2
  Fields are won by those who believe in the winning.  3
  Genius is lonely without the surrounding presence of a people to inspire it.  4
  Great men are rarely isolated mountain-peaks; they are the summits of ranges.  5
  How much that the world calls selfishness is only generosity with narrow walls,—a too exclusive solicitude to maintain a wife in luxury, or make one’s children rich.  6
  If I were to choose among all gifts and qualities that which, on the whole, makes life pleasantest, I should select the love of children. No circumstance can render this world wholly a solitude to one who has this possession.  7
  In an audience of rough people a generous sentiment always brings down the house. In the tumult of war both sides applaud an heroic deed.  8
  In ancient Bœotia brides were carried home in vehicles whose wheels were burned at the door, in token that they would never again be needed.  9
  Lavish thousands of dollars on your baby clothes, and after all the child is prettiest when every garment is laid aside. That becoming nakedness, at least, may adorn the chubby darling of the poorest home.  10
  Many persons sigh for death when it seems far off, but the inclination vanishes when the boat upsets, or the locomotive runs off the track, or the measles set it.  11
  Nothing can hide from me the conviction that an immortal soul needs for its sustenance something more than visiting, and gardening, and novel-reading, and crochet-needle, and the occasional manufacture of sponge cake.  12
  Test each sect by its best or its worst, as you will,—by its high-water mark of virtue or its low-water mark of vice. But falsehood begins when you measure the ebb of any other religion against the flood-tide of your own.  13
  That genius is feeble which cannot hold its own before the masterpieces of the world.  14
  The coarsest father gains a new impulse to labor from the moment of his baby’s birth; he scarcely sees it when awake, and yet it is with him all the time. Every stroke he strikes is for his child. New social aims, new moral motives, come vaguely up to him.  15
  The most fertile soil does not necessarily produce the most abundant harvest. It is the use we make of our faculties which renders them valuable. Talent, like other things, may lie fallow.  16
  Travelers find virtue in a seeming minority in all other countries, and forget that they have left it in a minority at home.  17
  What are Raphael’s Madonnas but the shadow of a mother’s love, fixed in permanent outline forever?  18
  What instruction the baby brings to the mother!  19
 
 
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