Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Quotes From The Prairie

I just finished reading, Little Town on the Prairie, and The Long Winter.  I am currently reading These Happy Golden Years, all by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  I just love the wisdom from these books.  So, as I read, I jotted down in a notebook the following:

  • "This life is a battle," said Ma.  "If it isn't one thing to contend with, it's another.  It always has been so, and it always will be.  The sooner you make up your mind to that, the better off you are, and the more thankful for your pleasures."
  • "There's no great loss without some small gain."
  • "We must not tempt Providence!"
  • "Modulate your voice, Laura," Ma said gently. "Remember, 'Her voice was ever gentle, low, soft, and excellent thing in a woman." (Shakespeare, King Lear) 
  • "Least said, soonest mended."
  • "Nobody knows what will happen,"Pa said.  "Prepare for the worst and then you've some grounds to hope for the best, that's all you can do." 
  • "Lost, between sunrise and sunset, one golden hour, set with sixty diamond minutes.  No reward is offered, for it is gone forever."  Horace Mann