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My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.

God could not be everywhere, and therefore He made mothers.
God couldn't be everywhere, so he created mothers
A mother understands what a child does not say.
Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not.
The lullaby is the spell whereby the mother attempts to transform herself back from an ogre to a saint.
A mother who is really a mother is never free.
What do girls do who haven't any mothers to help them through their troubles?
Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.
A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.
Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
Tea, though ridiculed by those who are naturally coarse in their nervous sensibilities will always be the favorite beverage of the intellectual.
It has been well said that tea is suggestive of a thousand wants, from which spring the decencies and luxuries of civilization.
To the right, books; to the left, a tea-cup. In front of me, the fireplace; behind me, the post. There is no greater happiness than this.
The professional must learn to be moved and touched emotionally, yet at the same time stand back objectively: I've seen a lot of damage done by tea and sympathy.
The trouble with tea is that originally it was quite a good drink. So a group of the most eminent British scientists put their heads together, and made complicated biological experiments to find a way of spoiling it. To the eternal glory of British science their labor bore fruit.
The best quality tea must have creases like the leather boot of Tartar horsemen, curl like the dewlap of a mighty bullock, unfold like a mist rising out of a ravine, gleam like a lake touched by a zephyr, and be wet and soft like a fine earth newly swept by rain.
Tea! Thou soft, thou sober, sage, and venerable liquid, thou innocent pretence for bringing the wicked of both sexes together in a morning; thou female tongue-running, smile-smoothing, heart-opening, wink-tipping cordial, to whose glorious insipidity I owe the happiest moment of my life, let me fall prostrate thus, and adore thee.
There'll be spring every year without you. England still will be here without you.
There'll be fruit on the tree.
And a shore by the sea.
There'll be crumpets and tea without you.

Art and music will thrive without you. Somehow Keats will survive without you.
And there still will be rain on that plain down in Spain,
even that will remain without you.
I can do without you.

You, dear friend, who taught so well,
You can go to Hartford, Hereford and Hampshire.

They can still rule with land without you.
Windsor Castle will stand without you.
And without much ado we can all muddle through without you.
Before your dreams can come true, you have to have those dreams.
If you don't have a dream, how are you going to make a dream come true?
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.
You have the courage and power to live your dreams.
Dreams are necessary to life.
Nothing happens unless first a dream.
Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing Embraceable You in spats.
Some people forget to plant in the spring, idle away the summer hours and then expect to reap in the fall.
Tis the last rose of summer, left blooming alone; all her lovely companions are faded and gone.
But thy eternal summer shall not fade.
Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express.
The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.
Hopes are planted in friendship's garden where dreams blossom into priceless treasures.
A good garden may have some weeds.
Like a gardener I believe what goes down must come up.
Many men go fishing their entire lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.
Govern a family as you would cook a small fish -- very gently.
No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish.
Always have your hook baited, in the pool you least think, there will be a fish.
If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.
If wishes were fishes we'd all be throwing nets. If wishes were horses we'd all ride.
My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow. Our wiser sons, no doubt will think us so.
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.
The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!
What a dreadful thing it must be to have a dull father.
The thing to remember about fathers is, they're men. A girl has to keep it in mind: They are dragon-seekers, bent on improbable rescues. Scratch any father, you find someone chock-full of qualms and romantic terrors, believing change is a threat -- like your first shoes with heels on, like your first bicycle I it took such months to get.
He that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death. [Exodus 21:17]
There are fathers who do not love their children, but there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson.
You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father s. He's more particular. The father is always a Republican towards his son, and his mother's always a Democrat.
When I was fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have him around. When I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.
The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering galleries, they are clearly heard at the end, and by posterity.
When I was a boy I used to do what my father wanted. Now I have to do what my boy wants. My problem is: When am I going to do what I want?
It no longer bothers me that I may be constantly searching for father figures; by this time, I have found several and dearly enjoyed knowing them all.
My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong.
All we have of freedom -- all we use or know -- this our fathers bought for us, long and long ago.
If you work for a man, in heavens name work for him!If he pays you wages that supply you your bread and butter, work for himspeak well of him, think well of him, stand by him and stand by the institution he represents. I think if I worked for a man I would work for him. I would not work for him a part of the time, and the rest of the time work against him. I would give an undivided service or none. If put to the pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.
You can buy a person's time; you can buy their physical presence at a given place; you can even buy a measured number of their skilled muscular motions per hour. But you can not buy enthusiasm... you can not buy loyalty. You can not buy the devotion of hearts, minds, or souls. You must earn these.
Loyalty is still the same, whether it win or lose the game; true as a dial to the sun, although it be not shined upon.
No more duty can be urged upon those who are entering the great theater of life than simple loyalty to their best convictions.
Unless you can find some sort of loyalty, you cannot find unity and peace in your active living.

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