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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Author
Nation: American
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The sun, the earth, love, friends, our very breath are parts of the banquet.

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But, after all, we are a young nation, and vanity is a fault of youth.

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America may have great poets and novelists, but she never will have more than one necromancer.

Tags: America, Great, May

But remember, I am no politician, and no seer into souls.

Tags: Politician, Remember, Souls

Crime, to the man of the forties, was an alien monstrous terror.

Tags: Alien, Crime, Terror

Every child was taught from his cradle that money was Mammon, the chief agent of the flesh and the devil.

Tags: Child, Devil, Money

For, after all, put it as we may to ourselves, we are all of us from birth to death guests at a table which we did not spread.

Tags: After, Death, May

It has happened to me to meet many of the men of my day whom the world agreed to call great.

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It was part of your religion to hate the British.

Tags: British, Hate, Religion

No man surely has so short a memory as the American.

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North and South were equally confident that God was on their side, and appealed incessantly to Him.

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Reform is born of need, not pity.

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The only hero known to my childhood was Henry Clay.

Tags: Childhood, Hero, Known

War may be an armed angel with a mission, but she has the personal habits of the slums.

Tags: May, Personal, War

We have grown used to money. The handling, the increase of it, is the chief business of life now with most of us.

Tags: Business, Life, Money

You were only truly patriotic if you had a laborer for a grandfather and were glad of it.

Tags: Glad, Patriotic, Truly

I went to Concord, a young woman from the backwoods, firm in belief that Emerson was the first of living men. He was the modern Moses who had talked with God apart and could interpret Him to us.

Tags: God, Men, Woman

It is a good rule never to see or talk to the man whose words have wrung your heart, or helped it, just as it is wise not to look down too closely at the luminous glow which sometimes shines on your path on a summer night, if you would not see the ugly worm below.

Tags: Good, Heart, Wise

Our village was built on the Ohio River, and was a halting place on this great national road, then the only avenue of traffic between the South and the North.

Tags: Between, Great, Place

Our young people have come to look upon war as a kind of beneficent deity, which not only adds to the national honor but uplifts a nation and develops patriotism and courage.

Tags: Courage, Patriotism, War
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Sitting by the chimney corner as we grow old, the commonest things around us take on live meanings and hint at the difference between these driving times and the calm, slow moving days when we were young.

Tags: Moving, Old, Young

The histories which we have of the great tragedy give no idea of the general wretchedness, the squalid misery, which entered into every individual life in the region given up to the war. Where the armies camped the destruction was absolute.

Tags: Great, Life, War

TO preach a sermon or edit a newspaper were the two things in life which I always felt I could do with credit to myself and benefit to the world, if I only had the chance.

Tags: Chance, Felt, Life

We don't often look into these unpleasant details of our great struggle. We all prefer to think that every man who wore the blue or gray was a Philip Sidney at heart.

Tags: Great, Heart, Struggle

You will find the poet who wrings the heart of the world, or the foremost captain of his time, driving a bargain or paring a potato, just as you would do.

Tags: Heart, Poet, Time

As soon as she gets her divorce one of us is going to marry her. We don't know which. She is about as beautiful a woman as I ever saw, and very witty and well-informed, but it would cost a good deal to keep her in diamonds.

Tags: Beautiful, Good, Woman

It has pleased and interested me to see how I could get along under difficult circumstances and with so much discomfort but as I say I was not sent out here to improve my temper or my health or to make me more content with my good things in the East.

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Morocco as it is is a very fine place spoiled by civilization.

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Anything as good and true as that moral cannot be new at this late date.

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Creede is built of new pine boards and lies between two immense mountains covered with pines and snow.

Tags: Between, Lies, Snow

I knew more about Texas than the Texans and when they told me I would find summer here I smiled knowingly.

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I went out to the Derby on Wednesday and think it is the most interesting thing I ever saw over here.

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I wish I was not such a very bad hand at languages. That is one thing I cannot do, that and ride.

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Wednesday a junior came to me, and told me I was to be hazed as I left the Opera House Friday night.

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All the fascination of King Solomon's Mines seems to be behind those great mountains and this I may add is a bit of advance work for mother, an entering wedge to my disappearing from sight for years and years in the Congo.

Tags: Great, Mother, Work

As soon as I landed at Malta I found that though I could go to Tunis I could not go away without being quarantined for ten days and if I remained in Malta I must stay a week.

Tags: Away, Days, Week

I am now in Gibraltar. It is a large place and there does not seem to be room in this letter, in which to express my feelings about Moors in bare legs and six thousand Red-coats and to hear Englishmen speak again.

Tags: Again, Feelings, Place

I have just come from a couple of raids, where we had a very lively time, and some of them had to pull their guns. I found it necessary to punch a few sports myself.

Tags: Few, Sports, Time

Of course, the idea of a six months' holiday is enough to make anyone laugh at anything, but I find that besides that I was a good deal harassed and run down, and I am glad to cut off from everything and start fresh. I feel miserably selfish about it all the time.

Tags: Good, Selfish, Time

Portugal is a high hill with a white watch tower on it flying signal flags. It is apparently inhabited by one man who lives in a long row of yellow houses with red roofs, and populated by sheep who do grand acts of balancing on the side of the hill.

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The old sergeant from headquarters treats me like a son and takes the greatest pride in whatever I do or write. He regularly assigns me now to certain doors, and I always obey orders like the little gentleman that I am.

Tags: Greatest, Old, Son

Tonight I am going to take a party to the headquarters of the fire department, where I have a cinch on the captain, a very nice fellow, who is unusually grateful for something I wrote about him and his men. They are going to do the Still Alarm act for me.

Tags: Fire, Men, Nice

You see, I'd not a very good place here; the fellows looked on me as a sort of special object of ridicule, on account of the hat and cane, walk, and so on, though I thought I'd got over that by this time.

Tags: Good, Thought, Time