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Alice Hegan Rice

  • ... Mrs. Wiggs was a philosopher, and the sum and substance of her philosophy lay in keeping the dust off her rose-colored spectacles.

  • When Mr. Wiggs traveled to eternity by the alcohol route, she buried his faults with him, and for want of better virtues to extol she always laid stress on the fine hand he wrote.

  • The hardest grief is often that which leaves no trace.

  • It'll be with me like it was with Uncle Ned's ole ox, I reckon; he kep' a-goin' an' a-goin' till he died a-standin' up, an' even then they had to push him over.

  • Some folks goes right under when trouble comes, but I carry mine fur an' easy.

  • ... it ain't never no use puttin' up your umbrell' till it rains!

  • Yer feelin's is like ras'berry vinegar: if you're skeered to use 'em an' keep on savin' 'em, first thing you know they've done 'vaporated!

  • ... there ain't no use in dyin' 'fore yer time. Lots of folks is walkin' 'round jes' as dead as they'll ever be.

  • Somehow, I never feel like good things b'long to me till I pass 'em on to somebody else.

  • Life is made up of desires that seem big and vital one minute, and little and absurd the next. I guess we get what's best for us in the end.

  • I believe in the immortality of the soul because I cannot conceive of an intelligent First Cause creating human beings through long process of evolution in this world only to destroy them.

  • Some people act as if there were a penalty for carrying concealed troubles. They exhibit them at every opportunity, begging for sympathy, even condescending to accept pity. Such persons never realize that the very ones to whom they are complaining are often struggling under a burden greater than their own.

  • Just as a pool of water cannot reflect the sky overhead when it is restless and disturbed, so we can never get a perfect vision of the Divine, and show it to others when we are disturbed with human thoughts and personal problems. It is only when we are quite still and receptive that God can think His thoughts into us and use us for His purposes.

  • There is an invariable law that the only way to keep the real things of life is by sharing them or giving them away.

  • It seems a strange fact that it is almost more important for us to be happy ourselves than to try to make other people happy. By being happy we confer untold benefits upon our fellow men.

  • The fascinating thing about ideals is that no sooner have we gained a desired peak than we find farther and higher peaks beyond. The thrilling adventure never ends.

  • All the higher forms of life have evolved from some one's ideal of justice, liberty or beauty; and the belief that nothing is too good to be true.

  • Metaphysicians tell us that it is easier to get the body well than to get the mind to realize its wellness.

  • It is not what we have but what we do with what we have that constitutes the value of life.

  • It is a terrifying as well as hopeful truth that we tend to bring into being in form whatever we fashion in thought.

  • It is a travesty to pray daily 'Thy kingdom come' and then do nothing to help bring it to pass.

  • I can think of no habit, kept up through the years, that binds a married couple more than that of reading good books together. Domestic problems and personal problems are for the time forgotten, and an intellectual intimacy is established that can be maintained in few other ways.

  • There is no doubt about it that it is more difficult for a woman to follow a career than for a man. Through the centuries his time has been considered more valuable, and he has consequently been excused from wrestling with many of 'life's minor damnabilities.'

  • I love the sea from the shore / And I love the shore from the sea, / I love the shore from the shore / But I don't love the sea from the sea!

    • Alice Hegan Rice,
    • "A Seasick Lay," The Inky Way ()
  • Among the hundreds of requests that have come to me are: ... 'Will you write my autobiography?'

  • Cheerfulness is a debt we owe to society, in the paying of which we receive a generous discount. We can not open our hearts to give out cheer without more cheer rushing in to take its place.

  • No teaching that is not based on reason can be tolerated by critical minds, but the belief that an accident of blind force produces this highly organized world is far more fantastic than the theory that a Super Intelligence devised its ordered evolution.

  • ... any pursuit of happiness contrary to the common good is doomed to failure.

  • ... even though disease and sorrow are all about us, health and happiness are the normal state of man.

  • ... happiness is a duty, not only because of its effect upon us but because of its influence upon others.

  • The discovery that it is in our power to change our lives by the thoughts we think is the first step toward spiritual mastery.

  • ... we sometimes forget the influence of action upon thought. ... Smile, whistle, sing, play the part you want to be until you become the part you play.

  • The fact that beauty is at one and the same time without cost and above price, robs it of the curse of possessiveness.

  • Half of our sorrows come from setting exalted standards for people and then breaking our hearts when they fail to live up to them.

Alice Hegan Rice, U.S. humorist, children's writer, civic worker

(1879 - 1942)

Full name: Alice Hegen Caldwell Rice. She also wrote under variations of her name.