"Those who have finished by making others think with them, have usually been those who began by daring to think with themeselves." —Thomas E. Hill, 1891.
"Hers was not a nature to be crushed by any trouble; on the contrary, the deeper the water the better she floated." — Darley Dale. "The Village Blacksmith." 1889.
"I would define man as the animal that delights in antiquities." —Bryant, William Cullen. "Wayside Literary Litter." Good Housekeeping. June 21, 1890. p. 75.
"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or feel to be beautiful." —William Morris. Hopes and Fears for Art: Five Lectures Delivered in Birmingham, London and Nottingham, 1878—1881. Ellis & White, London: 1882, p. 108.
"Make the most of your brain and your eyes, and let no one dare tell you that you are devoting yourself to a low sphere of action." --Woman's Exchange Cook Book, late nineteenth-century, p. 388.
"A banished trouble soon starves. By directing attention to uneasy feelings slight pain is nursed into a hard ache... Some there are to turn over and over a grief or misfortune as a ruminant chews its cud. They find a real enjoyment in complaints just as some are fond of attending funerals... and so keep up a morbid, miserable iteration that fixes an image in the mind which ought to be forever banished. "If you cannot talk about pleasant themes, manage to leave. Refuse to dwell among shadows when there is so much sunshine in the world" —Poole, Hester M. Good Housekeeping, July 21, 1888. p. 121.
"It is a great advance in civilization to be able to describe the common facts of life, and perhaps, if we were to examine it, we should find that it was at least an equal advance to wish to describe them." —Walter Bagehot, Physics and Politics. 1872, p. 212.
"From my earliest boyhood, ancient wearing apparel, old household and kitchen utensils, and antique furniture, have appealed to me with peculiar force, telling facts and relating incidents to me in such a plain, homely but graphic manner of the every-day life of our ancestors, that I look upon them more as text-books than as curiosities; for it is only by the light of truth reflected from these objects that we are enabled to. . . pierce the. . . fiction with which the perspective of years surrounds the commonest objects of those remote times." —Beard, Dan C. "Six Feet of Romance." The Cosmopolitan. July, 1889. p. 226.
"The distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion." —Albert Einstein
"[I]n order to have any success in life, or any worthy success, you must resolve to carry into your work a fulness of knowledge—not merely a sufficiency, but more than a sufficiency. In this respect, follow the rule of the machinists. If they want a machine to do the work of six horses, they give it nine horse power, so that they may have a reserve of three. To carry on the business of life you must have surplus power. Be fit for more than the thing you are now doing. Let every one know that you have a reserve in yourself; that you have more power than you are now using..." — James A. Garfield, "Elements of Success—Address Delivered in Spencerian Business College, Washington D.C., June 29, 1869."
"[T]he past is our wisest and best instructor. In its dim and shadowy outlines we may, if we will, discern in some measure those elements of wisdom which should guide the present and secure the welfare of the future." —Frederick Douglass. "The Great Agitation: Fifth Paper —Reminiscences." The Cosmopolitan. August, 1889. p. 376.
"Who knows but that before the next century dawns it will be recognized that the inventor of the bicycle has done more to revolutionize the religious, moral and social ideas of mankind than all the philosophers of our time?"--Pall Mall Gazette, quoted in "Bicycling Notes of the Month." Outing May, 1886, p. 240.
"It is well to know that the harvest gathered in the fields of the past is to be brought home for the use of the present." —"Good Housekeeping," June 12, 1886. p. 71.