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Francis Parkman Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach PHOTO

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

Forgive and give as if it were your last opportunity.
Love like there's no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.
- Max Lucado

So your father, or your mother,
never thought you were good enough - SO WHAT?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are those that look at things
the way they are, and ask "Why?"
I dream of things that never were, and ask "Why not?"
- Robert F. Kennedy paraphrase of George Bernard Shaw

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.
- Thomas Edison

Whenever you do a thing,
act as if all the world were watching.
- Thomas Jefferson

You see things and you say, Why?
But I dream things that never were and say, Why not
- George Bernard Shaw

Win as if you were used to it,
lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

While they were saying among themselves
it cannot be done, it was done.
- Helen Keller

The problems of the world cannot possibly
be solved by skeptics or cynics
whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.
We need men who can dream of things that never were.
- John F. Kennedy

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson

We act as though comfort and luxury
were the chief requirements of life,
when all that we need to make us really happy
is something to be enthusiastic about.
- Charles Kingsley

Half of everything you were ever taught is wrong;
the question is which half.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Act as if it were impossible to fail.
- Dorthea Brande

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.
Live your life so that when you die,
the world cries and you rejoice.
- Indian Proverb

Hide not your talents,
they for use were made.
What's a sundial in the shade?
- Benjamin Franklin

Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free
and realizing you were the prisoner!
- Max Lucado

We would never have a word for Joy
if there were no suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

All that is necessary to break the spell
of inertia and frustration is this:
Act as if it were impossible to fail.
- Dorthea Brande

Follow your bliss and doors will open
where there were no doors before.
- Joseph Campbell

The journey between what you once were
and who you are now becoming
is where the dance of Life really takes place.
- Barbara De Angelis

Who were you before you put yourself last.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The greatest hazard of all, losing one's self,
can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all.
- Soren Kierkegaard

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true
were really true, there would be little hope of advance.
- Orville Wright

Begin each day as if it were on purpose.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If you were a warrior,
you would know that the worst thing
one can do is confront human beings directly.
- Carlos Castaneda

Love is what we were born with.
Fear is what we learned here.
Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
The real miracle is the love that inspires them.
In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
- Marianne Williamson

The formula for achieving a successful relationship is simple:
you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities
but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.
- Quentin Crisp

I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free
and there was nothing to break the light of the sun.
I was born where there were no enclosures.
- Geronimo

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet
as if they were going to be dead by midnight.
Extend to them all the care,
kindness and understanding you can muster,
and do with no thought of any reward.
Your life will never be the same again.
- Og Mandino

Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore,
and that's what parents were created for.
- Ogden Nash

Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I long to accomplish a great and noble task,
but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks
as if they were great and noble.
- Helen Keller

If I were to wish for anything,
I should not wish for wealth and power,
but for the passionate sense of potential -
for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible.
Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The good news is that you aren't
as important as you thought you were.
Relax. The weight of the world
is not on your shoulders.
Take a day off.
Go for a long silent walk in the woods.
The world will still be there tomorrow -
as good and as bad as ever.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The world moves, and ideas that were
once good are not always good.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

What if it were only an illusion?
Perhaps life is not as threatening as it appears.
Perhaps the greatest threat to our serenity
is our fear of the future -
our fear of the unknown.
Perhaps, as Franklin D. Roosevelt said,
"The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The word "happiness" would lose its meaning
if it were not balanced by sadness.
- Carl Jung

When we hate our enemies, we are
giving them power over us:
power over our sleep, our appetites,
our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness.
Our enemies would dance with joy if only
they knew how they were worrying us,
lacerating us, and getting even with us!
Our hate is not hurting them at all,
but our hate is turning our own days
and nights into a hellish turmoil.
- Dale Carnegie

We could never learn to be brave and patient,
if there were only joy in the world.
- Helen Keller

Nine-tenths of the people were created
so you would want to be with the other tenth.
- Horace Walpole

"I wonder what Piglet is doing," thought Pooh.
"I wish I were there to be doing it, too."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Naturally, every age thinks that all ages before it were prejudiced,
and today we think this more than ever, and are just as wrong
as all previous ages that thought so.
How often have we not seen the truth condemned!
It is sad but unfortunately true that man learns nothing from history.
- Carl Jung

Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago?
Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy
on account of most of them?
Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?
- Dale Carnegie

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure about you.
We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.
- Marianne Williamson

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back
and realize they were the big things.
- Robert Brault

It is only when we truly know and understand
that we have a limited time on earth
and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up
that we will begin to live each day to the fullest,
as if it were the only one we had.
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

The marvelous richness of human experience
would lose something of rewarding joy
if there were no limitations to overcome.
The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful
if there were no dark valleys to traverse.
- Helen Keller


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