Quotes by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

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Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward (1844-1911) was an American author. She was born at Andover, Massachusetts.

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A great idea is usually original to more than one discoverer. Great ideas come when the world needs them. Great ideas surround the world's ignorance and press for admission.

Happiness must be cultivated. It is like character. It is not a thing to be safely let alone for a moment, or it will run to weeds.
Who originated that most exquisite of inquisitions, the condolence system?
What an immense power over the life is the power of possessing distinct aims. The voice, the dress, the look, the very motion of a person, define and alter when he or she begins to live for a reason.
It is not the straining for great things that is most effective; it is the doing the little things, the common duties, a little better and better.

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