Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
- Winston Churchill
Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they can not be
separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing
anyone who comes between them.
- Sydney Smith
A foreign diplomat unexpectedly walked in on Abraham Lincoln when he was shining his shoes.
"I am astonished, Mr. President," he said, "to find you blacking your own shoes."
"Whose shoes do you shine?" asked Lincoln.
Laugh, and the world laughs with you,
Weep, and you weep alone,
For the brave old earth must borrow its mirth
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing and the hills will answer,
Rejoice, and men will seek you,
Grieve, and they turn and go;
They want full measure of your pleasure,
But they do not want your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many,
Be sad, and you lose them all;
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life's gall.
Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Forget and forgive, and it helps you to live,
But no man can help you to die;
There's room in the halls of pleasure
For a long and lordly train,
But one by one, we must all march on
Through the narrow aisle of pain.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox