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A few hours' ride brought us to the banks of the river Kansas. ...
by Francis Parkman

A few hours' ride brought us to the banks of the river Kansas.
- Francis Parkman

Crossing the Penobscot, one found a visible descent
in the scale of humanity.
- Francis Parkman

Early on the next morning we reached Kansas,
about five hundred miles from the mouth of the Missouri.
- Francis Parkman

Many of the Iroquois and Huron houses were of similar construction,
the partitions being at the sides only,
leaving a wide passage down the middle of the house.
- Francis Parkman

 

Four men are missing; R., Sorel and two emigrants.
They set out this morning after buffalo,
and have not yet made their appearance;
whether killed or lost,
we cannot tell.
- Francis Parkman

We were soon free of the woods and bushes,
and fairly upon the broad prairie.
- Francis Parkman

America, when it became known to Europeans,
was, as it had long been, a scene of wide-spread revolution.
- Francis Parkman

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The reader need not be told that John Bull never leaves
home without encumbering himself with the greatest
possible load of luggage.
Our companions were no exception to the rule.
- Francis Parkman

We were now arrived at the close of our solitary journeyings along the St.
Joseph's trail.
- Francis Parkman

We were in all four men with eight animals;
for besides the spare horses led by Shaw and myself,
an additional mule was driven along with us as a reserve in case of accident.
- Francis Parkman

Fort Leavenworth is in fact no fort,
being without defensive works,
except two block-houses.
- Francis Parkman

Not a breath of air stirred over the free and open prairie;
the clouds were like light piles of cotton;
and where the blue sky was visible,
it wore a hazy and languid aspect.
- Francis Parkman

A military road led from this point to Fort Leavenworth,
and for many miles the farms and cabins of the Delawares
were scattered at short intervals on either hand.
- Francis Parkman

Our New England climate is mild and equable compared with that of the Platte.
- Francis Parkman

It was a rich and gorgeous sunset - an American sunset;
and the ruddy glow of the sky was reflected from some
extensive pools of water among the shadowy copses in the meadow below.
- Francis Parkman

The fortified towns of the Hurons were all on the side
exposed to Iroquois incursions.
- Francis Parkman

Riding in advance, we passed over one of these great plains;
we looked back and saw the line of scattered horsemen
stretching for a mile or more;
and far in the rear against the horizon,
the white wagons creeping slowly along.
- Francis Parkman

The great medley of Oregon and California emigrants,
at their camps around Independence, had heard reports
that several additional parties were on the point of setting out from St.
Joseph's farther to the northward.
- Francis Parkman

Here society is reduced to its original elements,
the whole fabric of art and conventionality is struck rudely to pieces,
and men find themselves suddenly brought back to the
wants and resources of their original natures.
- Francis Parkman

We were now, as I before mentioned, upon this St.
Joseph's trail.
It was evident, by the traces, that large parties were
a few days in advance of us;
and as we too supposed them to be Mormons,
we had some apprehension of interruption.
- Francis Parkman

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

One who is too insistent on his own views,
finds few to agree with him.
- Lao Tzu

Men in general judge more from
appearances than from reality. All
men have eyes, but few have
the gift of penetration.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

Wealth consists not in having great possessions,
but in having few wants.
- Epictetus

Anyone who proposes to do good
must not expect people to roll stones out of his way,
but must accept his lot calmly,
even if they roll a few stones upon it.
- Albert Schweitzer

You must not lose faith in humanity.
Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty,
the ocean does not become dirty.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity,
reduce selfishness, have few desires.
- Lao Tzu

Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants,
and to serve them one's self?
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everyone has a "best friend" during each stage of life,
but only a precious few have the same one.
- Anonymous

Few are those who see with their own eyes
and feel with their own hearts.
- Albert Einstein

We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
- Henry David Thoreau

Books and friends should be few but good.
- Anonymous

One is taught by experience to put a premium
on those few people who can appreciate you for what you are.
- Gail Godwin

There are very few human beings who receive the truth,
complete and staggering, by instant illumination.
Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment,
on a small scale, by successive developments,
cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.
- Anais Nin

I have found out that though the ways in which
I can make myself useful are few,
yet the work open to me is endless.
- Helen Keller

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity
opinions which differ from
the prejudices of their social environment.
Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
- Albert Einstein

Few is the number of those
who think with their own mind
and feel with their own heart.
- Albert Einstein

The happiest moments my heart knows are those in which
it is pouring forth its affections to a few esteemed characters.
- Thomas Jefferson

Few things are harder to put up with
than the annoyance of a good example.
- Mark Twain

Families are like fudge... mostly sweet with a few nuts.
- Anonymous

A benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself,
to keep his friends in countenance.
- Benjamin Franklin

True love is like ghosts,
which everyone talks about and few have seen.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The effort to understand the universe is one
of the very few things that lifts human life
a little above the level of farce,
and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.
- Steven Weinberg

You can't expect to hit the jackpot if you don't put
a few nickels in the machine.
- Flip Wilson

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee, And revery.
The revery alone will do, If bees are few.
- Emily Dickinson

I do have a political agenda.
It's to have as few regulations as possible.
- Dan Quayle

These are a few of my favorite things.
- Oscar Hammerstein II

Even in the Christian religion,
much of its real meaning is hidden by words
that are misleading and symbols that but few understand.
- Ernest Holmes

Every few seconds it changes - up an eighth,
down an eighth -it's like playing a slot machine.
I lose $20 million, I gain $20 million.
- Ted Turner

A few minutes ago every tree was excited,
bowing to the roaring storm,
waving, swirling, tossing their branches
in glorious enthusiasm like worship.
But though to the outer ear these trees
are now silent, their songs never cease.
- John Muir

We are all "neighbors."
Our world has gotten too small for us to be anything else.
We can no longer have "us" and "them" - friends and enemies.
A person from Iraq, or Russia, or Columbia is
no more a stranger or enemy than a person from across town.
A few people everywhere are troublemakers.
Every religion provokes a few people to become extremists.
Do we need police around the globe? Unfortunately, we always will.
Do we need war? Does that question even deserve an answer?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Few people even scratch the surface,
much less exhaust the contemplation of their own experience.
- Randolph Bourne

Life repeats itself mindlessly -
unless you become mindful, it will go on repeating like a wheel.
That's why Buddhists call it the wheel of life and death,
the wheel of time.
It moves like a wheel: birth is followed by death,
death is followed by birth;
love is followed by hate, hate is followed by love;
success is followed by failure,
failure is followed by success. Just see!
If you can watch just for a few days,
you will see a pattern emerging, a wheel pattern.
One day, a fine morning, you are feeling so good and so happy,
and another day you are so dull,
so dead that you start thinking of committing suicide.
And just the other day you were so full of life,
so blissful that you were feeling thankful to God,
that you were in a mood of deep gratefulness,
and today there is great complaint
and you don't see the point why one should go on living...
And it goes on and on, but you don't see the pattern.
Once you see the pattern, you can get out of it.
- Osho

Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered
have prevented a single foolish action.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
- George Washington

The artist's world is limitless.
It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.
It is always on his doorstep.
- Paul Strand

Few people know how to take a walk.
The qualifications are endurance,
plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature,
good humor, vast curiosity, good speech,
good silence and nothing too much.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few,
and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
- George Washington

The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide
which particular representatives of the oppressing
class are to represent and repress them.
- Karl Marx

Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog.
Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.
- E. B. White

It has been my experience that folks who
have no vices, have very few virtues.
- Abraham Lincoln

Few things are more satisfying than seeing your children
have teenagers of their own.
- Doug Larson

America is becoming so educated that ignorance will be a novelty.
I will belong to the select few.
- Will Rogers

One merit of poetry few persons will deny:
it says more and in fewer words than prose.
- Voltaire

I get along with guys; most of my friends are guys.
It's easier to trust men sometimes.
I only have a few close girlfriends that I trust.
- Paris Hilton

Only a few things are really important.
- Marie Dressler

I'm kidding about having only a few dollars.
I might have a few dollars more.
- James Brown

Sometimes before we make a record I go back and listen to a few.
It's equally humbling and uplifting.
- Michael Stipe

Before I met my husband, I'd never fallen in love.
I'd stepped in it a few times.
- Rita Rudner

The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully
few real and lasting products of human endeavor.
- Paul Getty

Shoot a few scenes out of focus.
I want to win the foreign film award.
- Billy Wilder


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