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Lydia H. Sigourney Quotes


A popular American poet during the early and mid 19th century.
(1791 - 1865)

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"Keep aloof from sadness," says an Icelandic writer, "for sadness is a sickness of the soul." Life has, indeed, many ills, but the mind that views every object in its most cheering aspect, and every doubtful dispensation as replete with latent good, bears within itself a powerful and perpetual antidote. The gloomy soul aggravates misfortune, while a cheerful smile often dispels those mists that portend a storm.
 

And with a velvet lip, print on his brow such language as tongue hath never spoken.
[Kisses]
 

Habits, though in their commencement like the filmy line of the spider, trembling at every breeze, may, in the end, prove as links of tempered steel, binding a deathless being to eternal felicity or woe.
[Habit]
 

He who makes an idol of his self-interest, will often make a martyr of his integrity.
[Selfishness]
 

I do not dislike extreme vivacity in children; but would see enough of it to make an animated character, when the violence of animal spirits shall subside in time. It is easier to restrain excess than to quicken stupidity. Gravity in childhood may become stupidity in old age.
 

It is one proof of a good education, and of a true refinement of feeling, to respect antiquity.
[Antiquity]
 

Language is slow; the mastery of wants doth teach it to the infant, drop by drop, as brooklets gather. - Yet there is a love, simple and sure, that asks no discipline of weary years, the language of the soul, told through the eye. - The stammering lip oft mars the perfect thought; but the heart's lightning hath no obstacle - Quick glances, like the thrilling wires, transfuse the telegraphic look.
 

Life has, indeed, many ills, but the mind that views every object in its most cheering aspect, and every doubtful dispensation as replete with latent good, bears within itself a powerful and perpetual antidote.
[Positive]
 

Lost wealth may be restored by industry, - the wreck of health regained by temperance, - forgotten knowledge restored by study, - alienated friendship smoothed into forgetfulness, - even forfeited reputation won by penitence and virtue. But who ever looked upon his vanished hours, - recalled his slighted years, - stamped them with wisdom, - or effaced from Heaven's record the fearful blot of wasted time?
[Time]
 

Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered, for they are gone forever!
[Time]
 

Observe how soon, and to what a degree, a mother's influence begins to operate! Her first ministration for her infant is to enter, as it were, the valley of the shadow of death, and win its life at the peril of her own! How different must an affection thus founded be from all others!
[Mother]
 

Of what unspeakable importance is her education who pre-occupies the unwritten page of being; who produces impressions which only death can obliterate, and mingles with the cradle-dream what shall be read in eternity!
[Teaching]
 

One of the principal ingredients in the happiness of childhood is freedom from suspicion - why may it not be combined with a more extensive intercourse with mankind? A disposition to dwell on the bright side of character is like gold to its possessor; but to imagine more evil than meets the eye, betrays affinity for it.
[Suspicion]
 

Prosperity, alas! is often but another name for pride.
[Prosperity]
 

Put it in practice, and all will be charmed with your manners.
[Politeness]
 

Regularity in the hours of rising and retiring, perseverance in exercise, adaptation of dress to the variations of climate, simple and nutritious aliment, and temperance in all things are necessary branches of the regimen of health.
[Health]
 

Say to mothers, what a holy charge is theirs; with what a kingly power their love might rule the fountains of the newborn mind.
[Mother]
 

Self-control is promoted by humility. Pride is a fruitful source of uneasiness. It keeps the mind in disquiet. Humility is the antidote to this evil.
 

Teachers should be held in the highest honor. They are the allies of legislators; they have agency in the prevention of crime; they aid in regulating the atmosphere, whose incessant action and pressure cause the life-blood to circulate, and to return pure and healthful to the heart of the nation.
[Teaching]
 

The assurance that this is a state of probation, should give vigor to virtue and solemnity to truth. Every hour assumes a fearful responsibility when we view it as the culturer of an immortal harvest.
[Responsibility]
 


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