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Influence

  • There are two ways of spreading light: to be / The candle or the mirror that reflects it.

  • ... one life stamps and influences another, which in turn stamps and influences another, on and on, until the soul of human experience breathes on in generations we'll never even meet.

  • Influencing people ... is so dangerous. Their acts and thoughts become your illegitimate children. You can't get away from them and Heaven knows what they mayn't grow up into.

  • The influence of a beautiful, helpful, hopeful character is contagious, and may revolutionize a whole town.

  • This learned I from the shadow of a tree, / That to and fro did sway against a wall — , / Our shadow-selves, our influence, may fall / Where we can never be.

    • Anna E. Hamilton,
    • "Influence," in Fanny B. Bates, ed., Between the Lights: Thoughts for the Quiet Hour ()