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William Wetmore Story Quotes

May you find comfort and joy in these encouraging quotes by William Wetmore Story.

Of every noble work the silent part is best,
of all expression that which can not be expressed.
- William Wetmore Story

Service to others is only noble when is is a choice
- a free-will gift.
Anything done out of a sense of obligation
or responsibility or duty becomes a burden
rather than a spiritual empowerment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We should be too big to take offense
and too noble to give it.
- Abraham Lincoln

Besides the noble art of getting things done,
there is the noble art of leaving things undone.
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
- Lin Yutang

 

We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me,
that man with all his noble qualities...
still bears in his bodily frame
the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
- Charles Darwin

I long to accomplish a great and noble task,
but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks
as if they were great and noble.
- Helen Keller

Work alone is noble.
- Thomas Carlyle

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- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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Every noble work is at first impossible.
- Thomas Carlyle

To deal with individual human needs
at the everyday level can be noble sometimes.
- Jimmy Carter

When a noble life has prepared old age,
it is not decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality.
- Muriel Spark

Make big plans; aim high in hope and work,
remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.
- Daniel Burnham

Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed.
- Blaise Pascal

Consider a parent who says,
"Look at the sacrifices I'm making so you can have a better life."
Contrast that with another parent who demonstrates
living a great life every day.
Self-sacrifice is not a virtue.
Living a great life and sharing that life with others
is the noble way to live.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet,
though he has never written a line in all his life.
- George Sand

Wine and cheese are ageless companions,
like aspirin and aches, or June and moon,
or good people and noble ventures.
- M. F. K. Fisher

Instead of noblemen,
let us have noble villages of men.
- Henry David Thoreau

Living Into the Great Paradox,
I strive toward my vision,
while accepting gratefully whatever life serves up.
I work to bring about my vision of the future,
which is based on my value system of what is right,
just, noble, compassionate, generous, humane, peaceful, and loving.
Simultaneously, I accept that my vision
is based on only my opinions and prejudices,
and I honor all points of view and value systems,
no matter how different from my own.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Innocence in genius, and candor in power,
are both noble qualities.
- Madame de Stael

One of our most noble political tasks is to open up trust.
- Gustav Heinemann

A noble heart cannot suspect in others the pettiness
and malice that it has never felt.
- Jean Racine

Sometimes a noble failure serves the world as faithfully
as a distinguished success.
- Edward Dowden

This searching and doubting and vacillating where nothing
is clear but the arrogance of quest.
I, too, had such noble ideas when I was still a boy.
- Franz Grillparzer

Have all the hopes of ages come to naught? Is life
no more with noble meaning fraught?
- Ada Cambridge

America - a great social and economic experiment,
noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose.
- Herbert Hoover

Treachery is noble when aimed at tyranny.
- Pierre Corneille

The crusades of Vietnam and Watergate seemed like a good idea at the time,
even a noble one, not only to the press but perhaps
to a majority of Americans.
- Howard Fineman

It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being
subject to half the evils we anticipate than to remain
in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.
- Herodotus

In my time, we served with noble and ethical leaders:
Gerry Ford,
Bob Michael, John Rhodes, men of impeccable honesty.
We didn't have anybody locked up for a violation of ethics.
- Pete McCloskey

The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.
- Tacitus

Love is the most difficult and dangerous form of courage.
Courage is the most desperate, admirable and noble kind of love.
- Delmore Schwartz

Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble
and beautiful end of a human being.
- Khalil Gibran

All that is noble in the world's past history,
and especially the minds of the great and the good,
are never lost.
- James Martineau

To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and,
while it is true that the suicide braves death,
he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill.
- Aristotle

Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is
the greatest treasure in the world.
- Martin Luther

Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.
- Dodie Smith

No artist work is so high, so noble,
so grand,
so enduring, so important for all time,
as the making of character is a child.
- Charlotte Saunders Cushman

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men.
True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.
- Elijah Wood

Everything that is beautiful and noble is the product
of reason and calculation.
- Charles Baudelaire

If an election is simply a one-day snapshot of transient mass delusions,
then this is not a very noble form of government.
- James Bovard

It's impossible to speak what it is not noble to do.
- Sophocles

Not a day passes over the earth, but men and women
of no note do great deeds,
speak great words and suffer noble sorrows.
- Charles Reade

No matter how noble and special people want to make
the playoffs out to be...
it's a crapshoot.
- Orel Hershiser

Be noble minded!
Our own heart, and not other men's opinions of us,
forms our true honor.
- Friedrich Schiller

The noble simplicity in the works of nature only too
often originates in the noble shortsightedness of him who observes it.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

We thank thee for this opportunity to show our love
for these heroes who have accomplished such wonders
for the beloved United States,
which was founded by noble and inspired men.
- Lorenzo Snow

New England is the home of all that is good and noble
with all her sternness and uncompromising opinions.
- Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards

Major religions are examples of 'noble lies' aimed
at uplifting human stature.
- Jack Miller

Noble bold is an accident of fortune;
noble actions characterize the great.
- Carlo Goldoni

We think of the noble object for which the professor appears to-night,
we may be assured that the Lord will forgive any one
who will laugh at the professor.
- Stephen Leacock

He is not dead who departs from life with a high and noble fame;
but he is dead,
even while living, whose brow is branded with infamy.
- Ludwig Tieck

Do noble things, not dream them all day long.
- Charles Kingsley

No speech can stain what is noble by nature.
- Sophocles

Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity.
Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences
and endowments of the human mind.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Heroes are those who can somehow resist the power of
the situation and act out of noble motives,
or behave in ways that do not demean others when they easily can.
- Philip Zimbardo

Tears are the noble language of the eye.
- Robert Herrick

A noble heart will always capitulate to reason.
- Friedrich Schiller

I did not find Liverpool ugly.
Her stately public buildings, broad streets,
public squares, and noble statues redeem her from the charge.
- M. E. W. Sherwood

That country is the richest which nourishes the greatest
number of noble and happy human beings.
- John Ruskin

Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind
and unfits it for every noble enterprise,
every expanded prospect.
- James Madison

Government is never so noble as when it is addressing wrongs.
- William Weld

The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize
property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more,
and to prevent the lower from getting more.
- Aristotle

Applause is the spur of noble minds,
the end and aim of weak ones.
- Edmund Burke

All which is beautiful and noble is the result of reason and calculation.
- Charles Baudelaire

It is a peculiar art form, but I think it's a necessary art form -
and I do believe it's a noble art form.
- Paul Conrad

The pursuit of perfection always implies a definite aristocracy,
which is as much a goal of effort as a noble philosophy,
an august civil polity or a great art.
- Ralph A. Cram

It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds,
though he risk everything.
- Plutarch

George Bush says what John Kerry did was noble.
Yet he sees him being savaged by his own supporters.
- Mark Shields

To be really great in little things,
to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life,
is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Reputation is favorable notoriety as distinguished from fame,
which is permanent approval of great deeds and noble
thoughts by the best intelligence of mankind.
- George William Curtis

I don't know whether there is anyone else at all who
remembers my noble father with such sadness.
- Egon Schiele

In the name of noble purposes men have committed unspeakable
acts of cruelty against one another.
- J. William Fulbright


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