Lydia M. Child

American Abolitionist, Writer, Editor

Lived from: 1802-1880

Quotes: Lydia M. Child

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    A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth. Instead of its bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay, it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world.
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    Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of the character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning.
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    A reformer is one who sets forth cheerfully toward sure defeat.
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    Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!
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    But men never violate the laws of God without suffering the consequences, sooner or later.
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    Childhood itself is scarcely more lovely than a cheerful, kindly, sunshiny old age.
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    Every human being has, like Socrates, an attendant spirit; and wise are they who obey its signals. If it does not always tell us what to do, it always cautions us what not to do.
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    Home - that blessed word, which opens to the human heart the most perfect glimpse of Heaven, and helps to carry it thither, as on an angel's wings.
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    None speak of the bravery, the might, or the intellect of Jesus; but the devil is always imagined as a being of acute intellect, political cunning, and the fiercest courage. These universal and instinctive tendencies of the human mind reveal much.
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    The cure for all the ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrows, and the crimes of humanity, all lie in that one word ''Love.'' It is the divine vitality that everywhere produces and restores life.
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    The eye of genius has always a plaintive expression, and its natural language is pathos.
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