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Martha Finley

  • Horace Dinsmore was, like his father, an upright, moral man, who paid an outward respect to the forms of religion, but cared nothing for the vital power of godliness ...

  • I have often noticed that spoiled, petted children, usually have very little love for their parents, or indeed for any one but themselves.

  • It is an easy thing to call names; any fool is equal to that ... and the weapon of vituperation is generally used by those who lack brains for argument or are upon the wrong side.

  • Good husbands make good wives.

  • It cost the mother a pang to inflict the punishment, and leave the darling alone in her trouble; but Elsie was not one to weakly yield to inclination when it came in conflict with duty. Hers was not a selfish love; she would bear any present pain to secure the future welfare of her children.

  • 'Oh, are you going to teach me how to shoot?' ... 'Yes,' his father answered, smiling at the eager face. 'You will not be anxious, little wife?' turning to her with a tender loving look. 'No, my husband; surely I can trust him with you, his own wise, careful, loving father,' she answered with a confiding smile.

  • ... how much credit do people deserve for refraining from doing what they feel no temptation to do?

Martha Finley, U.S. writer

(1828 - 1909)

Full name: Martha Farquharson Finley.