Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?  -Edgar Allen Poe
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.   - Washington Irving
Great minds have purposes; little minds have wishes. Little minds are subdued by misfortunes; great minds rise above them.
-Washington Irving
“Poetry is that art which selects and arranges the symbols of thought in such a manner as to excite the imagination the most powerfully and delightfully” -William Cullen Bryant
From the death of the old the new proceeds, and the life of truth from the death of creeds.  -John Greenleaf Whittier
Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.  -James Russell Lowell
Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it.  -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

That Delicate First Flower.... 

“That delicate forest flower,
With scented breath and look so like a smile,
Seems, as it issues from the shapeless mould,
An emanation of the indwelling Life,
A visible token of the upholding Love,
That are the soul of this great universe.”
-William Cullen Bryant

A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.
-Oliver Wendall Holmes
Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found.
-James Russell Lowell
It is no use trying to sum people up. One must follow hints, not exactly what is said, nor yet entirely what is done.
-John Greenleaf Whittier
“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”
-Washington Ivring
Stupidity is a talent for misconception.
-Edgar Allen Poe
You don't always win your battles, but it's good to know you fought.       -John Greenleaf Whittier

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
Nathaniel Hawthorne