Inspirational Quotes by Thomas Bailey Aldrich

By | December 8, 2018

A man should have duties outside of himself; without them, he is a mere balloon, inflated with thin egotism and drifting nowhere.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

What is lovely never dies, But passes into other loveliness.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Rome is one enormous mausoleum. There, the Past lies visibly stretched upon his bier. There is no today or tomorrow in Rome; it is perpetual yesterday.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Nothing except time is wasted in Italy.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Civilization is the lamb’s skin in which barbarism masquerades.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

No bird has ever uttered note That was not in some first bird’s throat; Since Eden’s freshness and man’s fall No rose has been original.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

There is a special Providence that watches over idiots, drunken men, and boys.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent – that is to triumph over old age.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Slavery in New Hampshire was never legally abolished, unless Abraham Lincoln did it. The State itself has not ever pronounced any emancipation edict.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

The ocean moans over dead men’s bones.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

To be weak, and to know it, is something of a punishment for a proud man.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

The dead play a very prominent part in the experience of the wanderer abroad. The houses in which they were born, the tombs in which they lie, the localities they made famous by their good or evil deeds, and the works their genius left behind them are necessarily the chief shrines of his pilgrimage.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

True art selects and paraphrases, but seldom gives a verbatim translation.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Every man has within himself a gold mine whose riches are limited only by his own industry.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

A girl does not treat a possible lover with unvarying simplicity and directness. In all its phases, love is complex; friendship is not.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

The Stamp Act was to go into operation on the first day of November. On the previous morning, the ‘New Hampshire Gazette’ appeared with a deep black border and all the typographical emblems of affliction, for was not Liberty dead?

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

I like to have a thing suggested rather than told in full. When every detail is given, the mind rests satisfied, and the imagination loses the desire to use its own wings.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

A man is known by the company his mind keeps.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Books that have become classics – books that have had their day and now get more praise than perusal – always remind me of retired colonels and majors and captains who, having reached the age limit, find themselves retired on half pay.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

The man who suspects his own tediousness is yet to be born.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

They fail, and they alone, who have not striven.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

There must be such a thing as a child with average ability, but you can’t find a parent who will admit that it is his child.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

In every age have mighty spirits dwelt unseen with man, biding the hour that needed them.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

A habit leads a man so gently in the beginning that he does not perceive he is led – with what silken threads and down what pleasant avenues it leads him! By and by, the soft silk threads become iron chains, and the pleasant avenues Avernus!

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

To the mass of mankind – meaning also womankind – marriage may be the only possible thing; but to the individual, it may be the one thing impossible.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Everyone ought to wish to marry; some ought to be allowed to marry; and others ought to marry twice – to make the average good.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

There is no man at once so unselfish and selfish as a man in love.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

What is newest to one in foreign countries is not always the people, but their surroundings, and those same little details of life and circumstance which make no impression on a man in his own land until he returns to it after a prolonged absence, and then they stand out very sharply for a while.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Everywhere on the Continent, the tourist is looked upon as a bird to be plucked, and presently the bird himself feebly comes to regard plucking as his proper destiny and abjectly holds out his wing so long as there is a feather left on it.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

If you chance to live in a town where the authorities cannot rest until they have destroyed every precious tree within their blighting reach, you will be especially charmed by the beauty of the streets of Portsmouth.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

When Washington visited Portsmouth in 1789, he was not much impressed by the architecture of the little town that had stood by him so stoutly in the struggle for independence.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

To live in Portsmouth without possessing a family portrait done by Copley is like living in Boston without having an ancestor in the old Granary Burying-Ground. You can exist, but you cannot be said to flourish.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Famous old houses seem to have an intuitive perception of the value of corner lots. If it is a possible thing, they always set themselves down on the most desirable spots.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Dwellers by the sea are generally superstitious; sailors always are. There is something in the illimitable expanse of sky and water that dilates the imagination.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Portsmouth has the honor, I believe, of establishing the first recorded pauper workhouse – though not in connection with her poets, as might naturally be supposed.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Conservatism and respectability have their values, certainly; but has not the unconventional its values also?

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

When a man cuts himself absolutely adrift from custom, what an astonishingly light spar floats him! How few his wants are, after all!

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

I knew I was born at the North but hoped nobody would find it out. I looked upon the misfortune as something so shrouded by time and distance that maybe nobody remembered it.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Daily contact with boys who had not been brought up as gently as I worked an immediate and, in some respects, a beneficial change in my character.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Every man has within himself a gold mine whose riches are limited only by his own industry.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

It is a great mistake on the part of elderly ladies, male and female, to tell a child that he is seeing his happiest days. Do not you believe a word of it, my little friend.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

The burdens of childhood are as hard to bear as the crosses that weigh us down later in life, while the happinesses of childhood are tame compared with those of our maturer years.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

I have frequently noticed how circumstances conspire to help a man, or a boy, when he has thoroughly resolved on doing a thing.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Painfully to attain possession of what we do not want, and then painfully to waste our days in attempting to rid ourselves of it, seems to be a part of our discipline here below.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

I never witness a performance of child-acrobats, or the exhibition of any forced talent, physical or mental, on the part of children, without protesting, at least in my own mind, against the blindness and cruelty of their parents or guardians or whoever has care of them.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

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