Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Francis Alexander Durivage

American Author

"They teach us to remember; why do not they teach us to forget? There is not a man living who has not, some time in his life, admitted that memory was as much of a curse as a blessing."

"If you tell a woman she is beautiful, whisper it softly; for if the devil hears it he will echo it many times."

"In the heart of a true woman there lies a reserve of courage that shames the prouder boast of man. She may not face death on the battle-field with the same defying front; but when it comes in a more appalling form and scene, she shrinks not from the dread ordeal. When man's foot trembles on the scaffold, woman stands there serene, unwavering, and self-sustained."

"How much of love lies buried in dusty graves!"

"Some women don buckler and spear to fight dragons which have no existence."

"The diamond of character is revealed by the concussion of misfortune, as the splendor of the precious jewel of the mine is developed by the blows of the lapidary."

"The highest art is artlessness."

"The ignorant ever shun and dread the gifted and enlightened."

"There are some professed Christians who would gladly burn their enemies, but yet who forgive them merely because it is heaping coals of fire on their heads."

"Real merit requires as much labor, to be placed in a true light, as humbug to be elevated to an unworthy eminence; only the success of the false is temporary, that of the true, immortal."

"To write for a living, according to Mr. Whipple, is coquetting with starvation."