Quotes by Joanna Baillie

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Joanna Baillie (1762-1851), poetess and dramatist.

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The brave man is not he who feels no fear, For that were stupid and irrational; But he, whose noble soul its fears subdues, And bravely dares the danger nature shrinks from.

… the more fools speak the more people will despise them.
How do men act, when they together stand, on the last perch of this swiftly-sinking wreck? / Do they not bravely give their parting cheer, / And make their last voice loud and boldly sound / Amidst the hollow roarings of the storm?
Busy work brings after ease; / Ease brings sport and sport brings rest; / For young and old, of all degrees, / The mingled lot is best.
Child, with many a childish wile, / Timid look, and blushing smile, / Downy wings to steal thy way, / Gilded bow, and quiver gay, / Who in thy simple mien would trace / The tyrant of the human race?
Ah! happy is the man whose early lot Hath made him master of a furnished cot.
He was not all a father’s heart could wish; / but oh, he was my son!—my only son.