SAYINGS & SUCH: Victorian and Otherwise
|Quotes and bits of wisdom you may want to use.
Compiled for members by Queen emBelle
|Lillian||I have been collecting phrases and poems to
put on a future crazy quilt. If you have any that you would like to share I would be very
grateful! A few of mine, new and old alike:
This is my gem. Iit came from my great-great-grandmother's needlework sampler; it dates from 1849:
How precious are the seeds of youth
When I am very old with my hair upon my head I'll sit and sew and never go to bed.
And some old Victorian humor:
She wears a rose in her hair,
|Gayla||A few of my favorites:
The Mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
Distance only lends enchantment, though the ocean waves divide,
There are some spirits fitly strung, to echo back the tones of mine,
Angels attend thee, may their wings fan every shadow from thy brow;
When my prayers are pure and strong as they in my best hours can be,
Few the flowers that friendship wreathes
And with these Squares, howe'er you read
|suzanneMI||Great idea! I love to collect quotes. Some
of my favorites that I have
remembered to write down in my idea notebook -- some from rubber stamps, desk
calendars and the internet -- include:
Not Land but Learning
If wisdom's ways you'd wisely seek
Let her who cares for needlework,
When this you see, remember me.
The tide recedes but leaves behind
Have a heart that never hardens,
Nothing good was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
Exuberance is beauty.
Learn from yesterday,
Work like you don't need the money.
Dance like nobody's watching
Too much of a good thing is wonderful.
Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.
It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best,
The reward for a thing well done is to have done it.
If I had to live my life over again, I'd dare to make more mistakes next time.
It's not how long life is but the quality of our life that is important.
Our life is what our thoughts make it.
It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.
There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.
Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.
The future belongs to those who believe
Sow good services;
Always do more than is required of you.
The heart of the giver makes the gift dear and precious.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is wasted.
Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
Bloom where you're planted.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched,
Great thoughts always come from the heart.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
You are today where your thoughts have brought you;
Ideas are the root of creation.
Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child.
Wisdom begins in wonder.
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
It takes a long time to grow old friends.
To know others is wisdom,
When there is room in the heart,
Words are the voice of the heart.
A short saying often contains much wisdom.
Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles,
Don't forget to love yourself.
Be good to yourself,
|Mary Anne||I have collected these little saying for
years, adding to a collection that my mother kept for years before she died. There are so
many wonderful ones that it's hard to pick the best ones! Some of my favourites taken from
a huge collection I have ... should write a book!
Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have, or loaf all you want.
When you say "I love you," mean it.
Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
Follow the three R's: Respect for self, respect for others, and responsibility for your actions.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Be gentle with the earth.
Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
|Valentina||I collect Victorian autograph books and
picked out a few of the mottos that were signed in them for you.
(The following are all to "Kittie" and date from 1888-1889; all are from Mass. and NH):
Whate'er our hands shall find to do,
When the golden sun is setting
(This next one is a favorite of mine -- seems perfect to embellish with a little bouquet of forget me nots) :
Think of me, when you are happy
If thy path be one of brightness
(And forthe pessimistic):
Not like the rose
(The following are to "May" who seems to have traveled more -- signatures from Michigan, California, Colorado. They date from 1906-1919)
May your life be long and happy,
As we grow old together
(This is signed by her husband Herman and followed by "what are you going to get me for Christmas?")
It's sad to say but plain to see, your love is for him and not for me
(This one cracks me up -- another one for the pessimists):
Remember well and bear in mind
It is sweet to be remembered
(And if any of you are from Colorado):
(This is from a book in which no one signed the owner's name. All signatures date from 1901-1907 and are from Dover, MA)
Forget me not though far away
|I have 3 little tins that have covers with
a design like a Victorian Valentine on them. Here are the sayings:
1. "Refuse not, Gentle Love, An entrance to thy breast. It will a blessing prove, It is a heaven-sent guest. Ah! Long and well my heart Its magic power has known, And panted to impart The feeling to thine own."
2. "To My Love.
3. "A Friendly Wish
For all thy joys shall cheer my heart, And all thy griefs shall give me pain; And never from my soul shall part The love that seeks thy heart to gain."
I also have a Christmas saying I have kept to do something with sometime.
"Now hearts are warm though winds blow cold So say goodbye to sadness For Christmas turns life's grey to gold And fills the world with gladness."
Perhaps if you were to look for a book that was about needlework samplers you could find some more. I have seen some quite special ones, but I guess if you don't write things down, you don't remember!