SMITH, Alexander Quotes
(1830-1867), Scottish poet
If a man is worth knowing at all, he is worth knowing well.
If we could but read it, every human being carries his life in his face, and is good-looking, or the reverse, as that life has been good or evil. On our features the fine chisels of thought and emotion are eternally at work.
The saddest thing that can befall a soul is when it loses faith in God and woman.
There is no ghost so difficult to lay as the ghost of an injury.
I clasp thy waist; I feel thy bosom's beat.—O, kiss me into faintness, sweet and dim.
Yet through all, we know this tangled skein is in the hands of One who sees the end from the beginning; he shall yet unravel all.
There is a peculiar beauty about godly old age—the beauty of holiness. Husband and wife who have fought the world side by side, who have made common stock of joy or sorrow, and become aged together, are not unfrequently found curiously alike in personal appearance, in pitch and tone of voice, just as twin pebbles on the beach, exposed to the same tidal influences, are each other's alter ego.
To bring the best human qualities to anything like perfection, to fill them with the sweet juices of courtesy and charity, prosperity, or, at all events, a moderate amount of it, is required,— just as sunshine is needed for the ripening of peaches and apricots.
It was his nature to blossom into song, as it is a tree's to leaf itself in April.