It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.
It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.
Only a man’s character is the real criterion of worth.
The giving of love is an education in itself.
I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
The only advantage of not being too good a housekeeper is that your guests are so pleased to feel how very much better they are.
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
Old age has deformities enough of its own. It should never add to them the deformity of vice.
The most important thing in any relationship is not what you get but what you give.
You can never really live anyone else’s life, not even your child’s. The influence you exert is through your own life, and what you’ve become yourself.
When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.
I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
It is not more vacation we need – it is more vocation.
What one has to do usually can be done.
I used to tell my husband that, if he could make me ‘understand’ something, it would be clear to all the other people in the country.
Campaign behavior for wives: Always be on time. Do as little talking as humanly possible. Lean back in the parade car so everybody can see the president.
You can’t move so fast that you try to change the mores faster than people can accept it. That doesn’t mean you do nothing, but it means that you do the things that need to be done according to priority.
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