We are always too busy for our children; we never give them the time or interest they deserve. We lavish gifts upon them; but the most precious gift, our personal association, which means so much to them, we give grudgingly.
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- Adam was the luckiest man; he had no mother-in-law.
- It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either.
- I repeat, sir, that in whatever position you place a woman she is an ornament to society and a treasure to the world. As a sweetheart, she has few equals and no superiors; as a cousin, she is convenient; as a wealthy grandmother with an incurable distemper, she is precious; as a wet-nurse, she has no equal among men. What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce.
- It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.
- By common consent of all the nations and all the ages the most valuable thing in this world is the homage of men, whether deserved or undeserved.
- If to be interesting is to be uncommonplace, it is becoming a question, with me, if there are any commonplace people.