George William Curtis

George William

American Author, Critic, Travel Writer, Columnist for Harper's

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O listen to the sounding sea that beats on the remorseless shore, O listen! for that sound will be when our wild hearts shall beat no more.

A bird sang sweet and strong in the top of the highest tree, he said, I pour out my heart in song for the summer that soon shall be.But deep in the shady wood, another bird sang, I pour my heart on the solemn solitude for the springs that return no more.

Our great social and political advantage is opportunity.

A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.

Patriotism is the vital condition of national permanence.

Age is a matter of feeling, not of years.

Romance like a ghost escapes touching; it is always where you are not, not where you are. The interview or conversation was prose at the time, but it is poetry in the memory.

Anger is an expensive luxury in which only men of a certain income can indulge.

The big mistake that men make is that when they turn thirteen or fourteen and all of a sudden they've reached puberty, they believe that they like women. Actually, you're just horny. It doesn't mean you like women any more at twenty-one than you did

Anger, even when it punishes the faults of delinquents, ought not to precede reason as its mistress, but attend as a handmaid at the back of reason, to come to the front when bidden. For once it begins to take control of the mind, it calls just what it does cruelly.

The new year begins in a snow-storm of white vows.

Criticism is not construction, it is observation.

The test of civilization is its estimate of women.

Every great crisis of human history is a pass of Thermopylae, and there is always a Leonidas and his three hundred to die in it, if they cannot conquer.

Through all history, from the beginning, a noble army of martyrs have fought fiercely and fallen bravely for that unseen mistress, their country. So, through all history, to the end, as long as men believe in God, that army must still march and fall, recruited only from the flower of mankind, cheered only by their own hope of humanity, strong only in the confidence of their cause.

Good taste consists first upon fitness.

Virtue does not truly reward her votary if she leaves him sad and half doubtful whether it would not have been better to serve vice.

He is so old that his blood type was discontinued.

While we read history we make history.

I walked beside the evening sea and dreamed a dream that could not be; the waves that plunged along the shore said only: "Dreamer, dream no more!"

Imagination is as good as many voyages - and how much cheaper!

In the journey of the year, the autumn is Venice, spring is Naples, certainly, and the majestic maturity of summer is Rome.

It is not observed in history that families improve with time.

It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage.

Nature makes woman to be won and men to win.

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American Author, Critic, Travel Writer, Columnist for Harper's