I am convinced that the majority of people would be generous from selfish motives, if they had the opportunity.
The love of dirt is among the earliest of passions, as it is the latest. Mud pies gratify one of our first and best instincts. So long as we are dirty, we are pure. Fondness for the ground comes back to a man after he has run the round of pleasure and bu
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.
Regrets are idle yet history is one long regret. Everything might have turned out so differently.
No one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.
Perhaps nobody ever accomplishes all that he feels lies in him to do but nearly every one who tries his power touches the walls of his being.
It is one of those beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
There is no such thing as absolute value in this world. You can only estimate what a thing is worth to you.
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
The boy who expects every morning to open into a new world finds that today is like yesterday, but he believes tomorrow will be different
It is fortunate that each generation does not comprehend its own ignorance. We are thus enabled to call our ancestors barbarous.
Goodness comes out of people who bask in the sun, as it does out of a sweet apple roasted before the fire
There was never a nation great until it came to the knowledge that it had nowhere in the world to go for help
There isn't a wife in the world who has not taken the exact measure of her husband, weighed him and settled him in her own mind, and knows him as well as if she had ordered him after designs and specifications of her own.
What a man needs in gardening is a cast iron back, with a hinge in 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.
To own a bit of ground, to scratch it with a hoe, to plant seeds, and watch the renewal of life - this is the commonest delight of the race, the most satisfactory thing a man can do
Public opinion is stronger than the legislature, and nearly as strong as the ten commandments
Politics makes strange bedfellows
Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.
Lettuce is like conversation; it must be fresh and crisp, so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it
People always overdo the matter when they attempt deception.
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.
How many wars have been caused by fits of indigestion, and how many more dynasties have been upset by the love of woman than by the hate of man.