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Charles Dudley Warner Quotes



    • It is fortunate that each generation does not comprehend its own ignorance. We are thus enabled to call our ancestors barbarous.
    • There was never a nation great until it came to the knowledge that it had nowhere in the world to go for help.
    • A well known American writer said once that, while everybody talked about the weather, nobody seemed to do anything about it.
    • To own a bit of ground, to scratch it with a hoe, to plant seeds and watch, their renewal of life, this is the commonest delight of the race, the most satisfactory thing a man can do.
    • Let us celebrate the soil. Most men toil that they may own a piece of it; they measure their success in life by their ability to buy it.
    • No man but feels more of a man in the world if he have a bit of ground that he can call his own. However small it is on the surface, it is four thousand miles deep; and that is a very handsome property.
    • Mud-pies gratify one of our first and best instincts. So long as we are dirty, we are pure.
    • What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back,-with a hinge in it.
    • Lettuce is like conversation: it must be fresh and crisp, so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it.
    • The toad, without which no garden would be complete.
    • Politics makes strange bedfellows.
    • What small potatoes we all are, compared with what we might be!
    • Public opinion is stronger than the legislature, and nearly as strong as the Ten Commandments.
    • The thing generally raised on city land is taxes.
    • Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.
    • Goodness comes out of people who bask in the sun, as it does out of a sweet apple roasted before the fire.
    • Happy is said to be the family which can eat onions together. They are, for the time being, separate, from the world, and have a harmony of aspiration.
    • I am convinced that the majority of people would be generous from selfish motives, if they had the opportunity.
    • One of the best things in the world to be is a boy; it requires no experience, but needs some practice to be a good one.
    • People always overdo the matter when they attempt deception.
    • Regrets are idle; yet history is one long regret. Everything might have turned out so differently.
    • There is nothing that disgusts a man like getting beaten at chess by a woman.
    • We are half ruined by conformity, but we should be wholly ruined without it.
    • My Summer in a Garden (1870), Project Gutenberg
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