It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
We forge the chains we wear in life.
I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.
The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.
There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.
I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.
Never close your lips to those whom you have already opened your heart.
To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature.
Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule.
The civility which money will purchase, is rarely extended to those who have none.
Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.
Family not only need to consist of merely those whom we share blood, but also for those whom we’d give blood.
There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.
We need never be ashamed of our tears.
Love, though said to be afflicted with blindness, is a vigilant watchman.
There are strings in the human heart that had better not be vibrated.
There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.
Every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering.
Ask no questions, and you’ll be told no lies.
The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.
I hope that real love and truth are stronger in the end than any evil or misfortune in the world.