Mary Gardiner Brainard (1837–1905) was an American writer of religious poetry. She was the niece of poet John Gardiner Calkins Brainard.
- I see not a step before me as I tread on another year;
But I ’ve left the Past in God’s keeping,—the Future
His mercy shall clear;
And what looks dark in the distance may brighten as I draw near.
- I would rather walk with God in the dark than go alone in the light.
- That which we look on with unselfish love
And true humility is surely ours,
Even as a lake looks at the stars above
And makes within itself a heaven of stars.
- Ownership, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).