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“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.”