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Quotes of the day: Sarah Orne Jewett

Published Tuesday, September 02, 2014 @ 8:14 PM EDT
Sep 02 2014

Sarah Orne Jewett (September 3, 1849 - June 24, 1909) was an American novelist, short story writer and poet, best known for her local color works set along or near the southern seacoast of Maine. Jewett is recognized as important practitioner of American literary regionalism. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Find your quiet center of life and write from that to the world.

God would not give us the same talent if what were right for men were wrong for women.

I'd rather be my honest self
Than any made-up daisy.

In the life of each of us, I said to myself, there is a place remote and islanded, and given to endless regret or secret happiness.

It does seem so pleasant to talk with an old acquaintance who knows what you know. I see so many new folks nowadays who seem to have neither past nor future. Conversation has got to have some root in the past, or else you have got to explain every remark you make, and it wears a person out.

It is the people who can do nothing who find nothing to do, and the secret to happiness in this world is not only to be useful, but to be forever elevating one's uses.

It seems to me like stealing, for men and women to live in the world and do nothing to make it better.

It was mortifying to find how strong the habit of idle speech may become in one’s self. One need not always be saying something in this noisy world.

Love isn't blind; it's only love that sees.

So we die before our own eyes; so we see some chapters of our lives come to their natural end.

Tact is after all a kind of mind-reading.

The growth of true friendship may be a lifelong affair.

The process of falling in love at first sight is as final as it is swift in such a case, but the growth of true friendship may be a lifelong affair.

The thing that teases the mind over and over for years, and at last gets itself put down rightly on paper- whether little or great, it belongs to Literature.

There are plenty of people dragging themselves miserably through the world, because they are clogged and fettered with work for which they have no fitness.

What has made this nation great? Not its heroes but its households.

You never get over being a child, long as you have a mother to go to.

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