Notes & Quotes

"Nature is full of genius, full of divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand."
- Henry David Thoreau

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"In the summer, the days were long, stretching into each other. Out of school everything was on pause and yet happening at the same time, this collection of weeks when anything was possible."
-Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride

"There is nothing nobler than risking your life for your country."
- Nick Lampson

"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything."
- William Shakespeare

"One of the most graceful of warriors is the robin.  I know few prettier sights than two males challenging and curveting about each other upon the grass in early spring.  The attentions to each other are so courteous and restrained"
- John Burroughs

"Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties."
- Helen Keller

"Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas."
- Peg Bracken

"Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night."
- Hal Borland

"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."
- Charles Dickens

"To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts."
- Henry David Thoreau

"For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning."
(Little Gidding) ― T.S. Eliot

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."
- Norman Vincent Peale

"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Politicians all too often think about the next election. Statesmen think about the next generation."
- Linda Lingle

"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all."
- Stanley Horowitz

"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade."
- Charles Dickens

"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost."
- John Quincy Adams

"Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. "
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Great lives never go out; they go on."
- Benjamin Harrison (1833–1901)

"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."
- Marin Luther King, Jr.

"And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been, full of work that has never been done, full of tasks, claims, and demands; and let us see that we learn to take it without letting fall too much of what it has to bestow upon those who demand of it necessary, serious, and great things."
- Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke, 1892-1910

"And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!"
- Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol)

To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie -
True Poems flee.
~ Emily Dickinson

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."
-Aristotle

"May our children and our children's children to a thousand generations, continue to enjoy the benefits conferred upon us by a united country, and have cause yet to rejoice under those glorious institutions bequeathed us by Washington and his compeers."
- October 4, 1862 Speech at Frederick, Maryland
Abraham Lincoln

"All that is necessary for the forces of evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."
- Edmund Burke

"You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor."
- Aristotle