Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigor. With such people the gray head is but the impression of the old fellow’s hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life.
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- Take example by your father, my boy, and be very careful of vidders all your life, specially if they’ve kept a public house, Sammy.
- Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
- We know, Mr. Weller — we, who are men of the world — that a good uniform must work its way with the women, sooner or later.
- Now, what I want is, facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts: nothing else will ever be of any service to them. This is the principle on which I bring up my own children, and this is the principle on which I bring up these children. Stick to Facts, sir!
- Regrets are the natural property of gray hairs.
- Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.