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Margaret E. Sangster

  • It isn't the thing you do, Dear / It's the thing you leave undone / Which gives you a bit of a heartache / At the setting of the sun ...

    • Margaret E. Sangster,
    • "The Sin of Omission," On the Road Home ()
  • Fifteen takes its perplexities very seriously and grieves without restraint over its sorrows.

  • One of the first things to be noted in business life is its imperialism. Business is exacting, engrossing, and inelastic.

  • Let every birthday be a festival, a time when the gladness of the house finds expression in flowers, in gifts, in a little fête. Never should a birthday be passed over without note, or as if it were a common day, never should it cease to be a garlanded milestone in the road of life.

  • Every child's birthright is a happy home.

  • My own opinion is that youthfulness of feeling is retained, as is youthfulness of appearance, by constant use of the intellect.

  • Memory is a trustworthy servant as long as it is made to serve.

  • Mind does dominate body. We are superior to the house in which we dwell.

  • Self complacency is fatal to progress.

  • Enthusiasm is a divine possession.

  • Sunset and evening star, / And one clear call for me / And may there be no moaning at the bar / When I put out to sea.

  • Out of the chill and the shadow, / Into the thrill and the shine; / Out of the death and the famine, / Into the fullness divine.

    • Margaret E. Sangster,
    • "Going Home," in Eleanor Kinzie Gordon, ed., Rosemary and Rue ()
  • In very truth it is the unattained which gives zest to the commonplace and brims the cup of our daily life with keenest joy.

  • The people who dream are very often the people who see, and dreaming and seeing precede doing.

  • A letter is the most imperishable thing on earth.

  • Love is like fire, a dangerous thing to play with, although the best of friends and the most loyal of servants when rightly handled.

  • Love turns all the wheels of human industry, is the motive power under the world's machinery, makes worthwhile every enterprise on the earth, is coequal with life, outlasts death, and reaches onward into heaven.

  • Kindness is the truest wisdom of life and we cannot go far without it.

  • No one should teach who is not in love with teaching.

  • Broadly speaking, nervous women may be divided into two classes — those who are really nervous, and those who imagine themselves to be so.

  • In home life contentment is an essential to daily comfort. One discontented person in the house creates an atmosphere fatal to tranquillity.

  • I think that the Almighty gave springtime to a tired world so that its peoples might know rest. I think that He gave it to a troubled world so that the world's inhabitants might find peace. I think He gave it to a discouraged world so that hope and faith might be reborn!

    • Margaret E. Sangster,
    • "The Stream Is Always There," Out of My Need ()

Margaret E. Sangster, U.S. poet, writer

(1883 - 1966)

Full name: Margaret Elizabeth Munson Sangster.