Talk:Lydia Maria Child

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  • Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!
  • A reformer is one who sets forth cheerfully toward sure defeat.
  • 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.
  • An effort made for the happiness of others lifts above ourselves.
  • Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture.
  • But men never violate the laws of God without suffering the consequences, sooner or later.
  • I was gravely warned by some of my female acquaintances that no woman could expect to be regarded as a lady after she had written a book.
    • Quoted in "Extracts from 'Concerning Women'" in A Lydia Maria Child Reader (1997), edited by Carolyn L. Karcher, p 403. --Hughh (talk) 20:12, 11 February 2017 (UTC)
  • You find yourself refreshed in the presence of cheerful people. Why not make an honest effort to confer that pleasure on others? Half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy.
  • The eye of genius has always a plaintive expression, and its natural language is pathos.
  • The cure for all the ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrows, and the crimes of humanity, all lie in the one word 'love'. It is the divine vitality that everywhere produces and restores life.
  • Misfortune is never mournful to the soul that accepts it; for such do always see that every cloud is an angel's face.
  • It is right noble to fight with wickedness and wrong; the mistake is in supposing that spiritual evil can be overcome by physical means.