It’s rest I want—there, I have said it out—
From cooking meals for hungry hired men
And washing dishes after them—from doing
Things over and over that just won’t stay done.
By good rights I ought not to have so much
Put on me, but there seems no other way.
Len says one steady pull more ought to do it.
He says the best way out is always through.
And I agree to that, or in so far
As that I can see no way out but through—
Leastways for me—and then they’ll be convinced.
And nothing to look backward to with pride, and nothing to look forward to with hope.
Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
Always fall in with what you’re asked to accept. Take what is given, and make it over your way. My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever’s going. Not against: with.
Topics: Achievements, Acceptance
College is a refuge from hasty judgment.
What is this talked-of mystery of birth but being mounted bareback on the earth?
The first thing I do in the morning is to make my bed and while I am making up my bed I am making up my mind as to what kind of a day I am going to have.
Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.
We get twitted now and then on how we made this country. Well, we took the whole business, of course. It’s not just that corner that we took away from Mexico. When we got it all together, we got a very shapely country-the best continental cut in all the world, between the two oceans and in the right temperature zone.
The snake stood up for evil in the Garden.
Heaven gives its glimpses only to those not in position to look too close.
The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.
Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offense.
Nothing is quite honest that is not commercial, but not everything commercial is honest.
Thinking isn’t agreeing or disagreeing. That’s voting.
The world is filled with willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
I am a writer of books in retrospect. I talk in order to understand; I teach in order to learn.
How many things have to happen to you before something occurs to you?
Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they can talk sense.
You don’t have to deserve your mother’s love. You have to deserve your father’s. He’s more particular. The father is always a Republican towards his son, and his mother’s always a Democrat.
Topics: Parents, Government, Dreams, Parenting, Greatness, Father
Why abandon a belief merely because it ceases to be true? Cling to it long enough and… it will turn true again, for so it goes. Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.
Topics: Thought, Truth, Reason
Entertain great hopes.
All thought is a feat of association; having what’s in front of you bring up something in your mind that you almost didn’t know you knew.
One could do worse than be a swinger of birches.
It’s a funny thing that when a man hasn’t anything on earth to worry about, he goes off and gets married.
Two such as you with such a master speed cannot be parted nor be swept away from one another once you are agreed that life is only life forevermore together wing to wing and oar to oar.
Topics: Society, Marriage
The greatest thing in family life is to take a hint when a hint is intended—and not to take a hint when a hint isn’t intended.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
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