Quotes by Alexander Smith

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Alexander Smith (31 December 1830- 5 January 1867) was a Scottish poet, and labelled as one of the Spasmodic School.

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Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.

I go into my library, and all history unrolls before me. I breathe the morning air of the world while the scent of Eden's roses yet lingered in it, while it vibrated only to the world's first brood of nightingales, and to the laugh of Eve. I see the pyramids building; I hear the shoutings of the armies of Alexander.
If you wish to preserve your secret, wrap it up in frankness.
If you wish to make a man look noble, your best course is to kill him. What superiority he may have inherited from his race, what superiority nature may have personally gifted him with, comes out in death.
A man's real possession is his memory. In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor.
The sea complains upon a thousand shores.
To be occasionally quoted is the only fame I care for.
Everything is sweetened by risk.
I would rather be remembered by a song than by a victory.
A man gazing on the stars is proverbially at the mercy of the puddles in the road.
We are never happy; we can only remember that we were so once.
If the egotist is weak, his egotism is worthless. If the egotist is strong, acute, full of distinctive character, his egotism is precious, and remains a possession of the race.
Every man's road in life is marked by the grave of his personal likings.
Your death and my death are mainly of importance to ourselves. The black plumes will be stripped off our hearses within the hour; tears will dry, hurt hearts close again, our graves grow level with the church-yard, and although we are away, the world wags on. It does not miss us; and those who are near us, when the first strangeness of vacancy wears off, will not miss us much either.