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Amelia E. Barr

  • There is much said about the wickedness of doing evil that good may come. Alas! there is such a thing as doing good that evil may come.

  • ... forethought spares afterthought ...

  • When one gets near the grave, Margaret, there is a little light from beyond, and many things are seen not seen before.

  • When a man has calamity upon calamity the world generally concludes that he must be a very wicked man to deserve them. Perhaps the world is right; but it is also just possible that the world ... may be wrong.

  • Once suspicion is aroused, every thing feeds it.

  • A man nearly sixty is just as ready to suppose himself fascinating as a man of twenty.

  • ... the matrimonial shoe pinches me.

  • It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it.

  • It was one of those beautiful, lengthening days, when May was pressing back with both hands the shades of the morning and the evening ...

  • Men can bear all things but good days ...

  • One should not run on a new road.

  • The first step is what I like to be sure of ... to the second step it often binds you.

  • ... truth can be outraged by silence quite as cruelly as by speech.

  • ... how poorly do we love even those whom we love most! We are not only bruised by the limitations of their love for us, but also by the limitations of our own love for them.

  • ... love, like destiny, loves surprises ...

  • All revolutions are treason until they are accomplished.

  • 'But women have nothing to do with politics.' 'They have everything to do with politics. They always have had.'

  • If you are tired of easy days, Arenta, go, and take a husband.

  • ... when we leave society and come into the presence of Nature, we become children again; and the fictions of thought and action assumed among men drop off like a garment.

  • ... move not in your anger; it is like putting to sea in a tempest.

  • ... politicians ... turn patriotism into shopkeeping and their own interest — men who care far more for who governs us than for how we are governed.. And what will be the end of such ways? I will tell you. We shall have a Democracy that will be the reign of those who know the least and talk the loudest.

  • ... what is unreasonable is irrefutable.

  • ... laughter is always fatal to feeling ...

  • ... good and evil are so interwoven in life that every good, traced up far enough, is found to involve evil. This is the great mystery of life.

  • When answering was likely to provoke anger, she kept silence and talked the matter over with herself. A very wise plan. For where shall we find a friend so intimate, so discreet, so conciliating as self? Who can speak to us so well? — without obscurity, without words, without passion. Yes, indeed: 'I will talk to myself' is a very significant phrase.

  • ... the nighttime of the body is the daytime of the soul.

  • ... if a thing is to be done, there is no time like the hour that has not struck.

  • In any adversity gold can find friends.

  • Be not too strict — too far east is west. You may lose all by demanding all.

  • Death is like the setting of the sun. The sun never sets; life never ceases. ... we think the sun sets, and it never ceases shining; we think our friends die, and they never cease living.

  • To forgive freely, is what we owe to our enemy; to forget not, is what we owe to ourselves.

  • To take offence is a great folly, and to give offence is a great folly — I know not which is the greater ...

  • ... the evil that comes out of your lips, into your own bosom will fall.

  • I have seen that every one forgives much in themselves that they find unpardonable in other people.

  • ... the breed is more than the pasture. As you know, the cuckoo lays her eggs in any bird's nest; it may be hatched among blackbirds or robins or thrushes, but it is always a cuckoo. ... a man cannot deliver himself from his ancestors.

  • ... the lover's power is the poet's power. He can make love from all the common strings with which this world is strung.

  • Oh, the soul keeps its youth!

  • The fate of love is, that it always sees too little or too much.

  • ... we generally get the evil we expect ...

  • ... human relations are built on feeling, not on reason or knowledge. And feeling is not an exact science; like all spiritual qualities, it has the vagueness of greatness about it.

  • ... though in Paradise the lion will lie down with the lamb, in Paradise they will not have to submit their rival political views to general elections.

  • ... the well-springs of love and life lay too deep for the frosts of age to touch. She would be eternally young before she grew old.

  • All changes are more or less tinged with melancholy, for what we are leaving behind is part of ourselves.

  • ... I wear the key of memory, and can open every door in the house of my life ...

  • ... youth is always sure that change must mean something better.

  • Death pays all debts.

  • Kindness is always fashionable, and always welcome.

  • No man was ever ruined from without; the final ruin comes from within ...

  • Dreams are large possessions ... they are an expansion of life, an enlightenment, and a discipline. I thank God for my dream life; my daily life would be far poorer, if it wanted the second sight of dreams.

  • A good message will always find a messenger.

  • ... trouble of all kinds is voluble, and has plenty of words, but happiness was never written down.

  • A poverty that is universal may be cheerfully borne; it is an individual poverty that is painful and humiliating.

  • It is not that we have a soul, we are a soul ...

  • ... a little misgiving in the beginning of things, means much regret in the end of them.

  • ... the fruit of life is experience, not happiness.

  • What we call death was to him only emigration ...

  • Old age is the verdict of life.

  • ... injustice is a sixth sense, and rouses all the others.

  • ... if fiction does not show us a better life than reality, what is the good of it?

  • Then lift up the head with a song! / And lift up the hand with a gift! / To the ancient Giver of all / The spirit in gratitude lift!

  • Love is a great beautifier.

    • Amelia E. Barr
  • But I have certainty enough, for I am sure of you.

    • Amelia E. Barr
  • This world is run with far too tight a rein for luck to interfere. Fortune sells her wares; she never gives them. In some form or the other, we pay for her favors; or we go empty away.

    • Amelia E. Barr
  • We hear voices in solitude we never hear in the hurry and turmoil of life; we receive counsels and comforts we get under no other condition.

Amelia E. Barr, English-born U.S. writer

(1831 - 1919)

Full name: Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr. She evidently didn’t write her first book until she was 53 and then, to support her family after her husband died, she wrote over 80 novels, which some people refer to as “forgettable.” However, whoever said that has undoubtedly never written 80 novels after age 50.