Fanny Fern Quotes


Everything in the country animate and inanimate seems to whisper be serene be kind be happy. We grow tolerant there unconsciously.

To her the name of father was another name for love.

O girls! set your affections on cats poodles parrots or lap-dogs; but let matrimony alone. It's the hardest way on earth to getting a living.

adversity is so rough a teacher!

The cream of enjoyment in this life is always impromptu. The chance walk; the unexpected visit; the unpremeditated journey; the unsought conversation or acquaintance.

they who are not fastidious as to the means seldom fail of securing the result they aim at.

Uncles and aunts and cousins are all very well and fathers and mothers are not to be despised; but a grandmother at holiday time is worth them all.

Our domestic Napoleons too many of them give flattery bonnets and bracelets to women and everything else but - justice ...

Hurry drive and bustle ... Everybody looking out for number one and caring little who jostled past if their rights were not infringed.

What a pity when editors review a woman's book that they so often fall into the error of reviewing the woman instead.

Never ask a favor until you are drawing your last breath; and never forget one.

Would a harsh word ever fall from lips which now breathed only love? Would the step whose lightest footfall now made her heart leap ever sound in her ear like a death knell?

No crust so tough as the grudged bread of dependence.

Dear reader true religion is not gloomy.

How strong sometimes is weakness!

One person is as good as another in New England and better too.

The term 'lady' has been so misused that I like better the old-fashioned term woman.

Experience is an excellent doctor though he never had a diploma.

Blessed be sleep! We are all young then; we are all happy. Then our dead are living.

Too much indulgence has ruined thousands of children; too much love not one.

light hearts seldom keep company with heavy coffers ...

Never compel yourself to say words to which the heart yields no response.

Nowhere more than in New York does the contest between squalor and splendor so sharply present itself.

I dare say you will try to make me believe that Editors are human. Now I deny that for I myself have in past days had evidence to the contrary.

Pity that gold should always bring with it the canker - covetousness.

Advice is like a doctor's pills; how easily he gives them! how reluctantly he takes them when his turn comes!

Show me an 'easy person ' and I will show you a selfish one. Good-natured he may be; why not? since the disastrous consequences of his 'easiness' are generally shouldered by other people.

a little oil makes machinery work easy ...

Why will parents use that expression? What right have you to have a favorite child?

When a literary person's exhaustive work is over the last thing he wishes to do is to talk books.

I am getting sick of people. I am falling in love with things. They hold their tongues ...

To the Pilgrim Mothers who not only had their full share of the hardships and privations of pioneer life but also had the Pilgrim Fathers to endure.

every father knows at once too much and too little about his own son ...

Hotel life is about the same in every latitude.

There are no little things. Little things are the hinges of the universe.

Hoary-headed old Winter I have had enough of you!

I hate the word proper. If you tell me a thing is not proper I immediately feel the most rabid desire to go 'neck and heels' into it.

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.

Well it is a humiliating reflection that the straightest road to a man's heart is through his palate.

I am convinced that there are times in everybody's experience when there is so much to be done that the only way to do it is to sit down and do nothing.