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John Sergeant Wise Quotes and Sayings

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In the year 1857, passing through Washington on our
return from the annual visit to Philadelphia,
I had the distinguished honor of visiting a President for the first time.
- John Sergeant Wise

My mother was a Northern woman, daughter of Hon.
John Sergeant, a distinguished lawyer,
and for many years representative in Congress from Philadelphia.
- John Sergeant Wise

I was a tried seaman when, for the first time,
I set foot upon the soil of my country,
and took up my residence where my people had lived
for over two hundred years.
- John Sergeant Wise

In such a condition of affairs, the practical difference
between the abolitionist and the sympathizer,
to the man who lost his slave and could not recover it,
was very nebulous.
- John Sergeant Wise

 

America is good enough for us.
- John Sergeant Wise

As early as the autumn of 1862, I was made very happy by being sent to school.
- John Sergeant Wise

John Brown was tried for treason, murder,
and inciting slaves to insurrection.
- John Sergeant Wise

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In those days, slavery was not looked upon,
even in Quaker Philadelphia, with the shudder and abhorrence
one feels towards it now.
- John Sergeant Wise

However the Southern man may have been master of the negro,
there were compensatory processes whereby certain negroes
were masters of their masters' children.
- John Sergeant Wise

The attack of John Brown upon Harper's Ferry came upon
Virginia like a clap of thunder out of a clear sky.
- John Sergeant Wise

Wealthy men, too, like several of those in our neighborhood,
had so many slaves that they were compelled to buy
other plantations on which to employ them.
- John Sergeant Wise

It is true, there was no public-school system,
and the reason for it was very plain.
The wealth of the upper classes enabled them to have private tutors.
- John Sergeant Wise

The first American ancestor of our name was a younger
son of these old Devonshire people,
and came to the Virginia colony in the reign of Charles the First.
- John Sergeant Wise

Of private differences personal to himself,
my brother had none.
- John Sergeant Wise

When I first concluded to print the book,
I made an honest effort to construct it in the third person.
- John Sergeant Wise

THE autumn of 1850 brought an event freighted with deep significance to me.
My mother died.
- John Sergeant Wise

Even if my mother had no qualms of conscience concerning ownership of negroes,
her sense of duty carried her far beyond the mere supplying of their physical needs,
or requiring that they render faithful service.
- John Sergeant Wise

That settled Abraham Lincoln with me.
I was thoroughly satisfied that no such man ought to be President;
but I could not yet conceive it possible that such
a monster would be the choice of a majority of the people for President.
- John Sergeant Wise

This and many others only confirmed me in the opinion,
planted when I saw the sale of Martha Ann,
and growing steadily thereafter, that slavery was an accursed business,
and that the sooner my people were relieved of it,
the better.
- John Sergeant Wise

Virginians were no more angels or philanthropists than
people to the north or to the south of them.
They were moved by their affections,
their interest,
and their resentments, just as humanity is moved to-day.
- John Sergeant Wise

And let me tell you, you boys of America,
that there is no higher inspiration to any man to be a good man,
a good citizen, and a good son, brother,
or father, than the knowledge that you come from honest blood.
- John Sergeant Wise

IN all her history, from the formation of the federal
government until the hour of secession,
no year stands out more prominently than the year 1858
as evidencing the national patriotism of Virginia.
- John Sergeant Wise

Father had notions about manhood suffrage,
public schools, the education and the elevation of the masses,
and the gradual emancipation of the slaves,
that did not suit the uncompromising views of people in places like Richmond.
- John Sergeant Wise

To know God, watch a butterfly return to the same tree -
after a year and a thousand miles.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed;
if in terms of ten years, plant trees;
if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
- Confucius

Write it on your heart that every day
is the best day in the year.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you plan for a year, plant a seed.
If for ten years, plant a tree.
If for a hundred years, teach the people.
When you sow a seed once, you will reap a single harvest.
When you teach the people, you will reap a hundred harvests.
- Kuan Chung

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

When a man you like switches from what
he said a year ago, or four years ago,
he is a broad-minded person who has courage enough
to change his mind with changing conditions.
When a man you don't like does it,
he is a liar who has broken his promise.
- Franklin Pierce Adams

If you want to test your memory, try to recall what
you were worrying about one year ago today.
- E. Joseph Cossman

A New Year's resolution is something that
goes in one Year and out the other.
- Anonymous

Endings: sometimes a season of sorrow and grief.
Endings: what must precede new beginnings.
Life is an endless cycle of endings and beginnings.
Renewal and rebirth cannot occur without endings -
as the new year's crop can only be planted and flourish
in the decay of last year.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone is a genius at least once a year;
a real genius has his original ideas closer together.
- Georg Lichtenberg

One of the illusions of life is that the present hour
is not the critical, decisive hour.
Write it on your heart that
every day is the best day in the year.
No man has learned anything rightly,
until he knows that every day is Doomsday.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Once you have mastered time,
you will understand how true it is that
most people overestimate what
they can accomplish in a year -
and underestimate what
they can achieve in a decade!
- Tony Robbins

A happy New Year to all the world.
- Charles Dickens

The telephone is a 100-year-old technology.
It's time for a change.
Charging for phone calls is something you did last century.
- Niklas Zennstrom

The world spends $40 billion a year on pet food.
- Nicholas D. Kristof

I started on an Apple II, which I had bought at the
very end of 1978 for half of my annual income.
I made $4,500 a year, and I spent half of it on the computer.
- Bill Budge

I was thrown out of N.Y.U. my freshman year
for cheating on my metaphysics final ...
I looked within the soul of the boy sitting next to me.
- the Woody Allen movie Annie Hall

New Year's Day is every man's birthday.
- Charles Lamb

Once I got married and had kids, I moved away from romantic roles,
because it seemed wrong to have my 3-year-old wondering
why Daddy was kissing someone else.
- Chevy Chase

Health is the thing that makes you feel that now is
the best time of the year.
- Franklin P. Adams

So, where's the Cannes Film Festival being held this year?
- Christina Aguilera

Clear? Huh. Why a four-year-old child
could understand this report.
Run out and find me a four-year-old child,
I can't make head or tail of it.
- the Groucho Marx movie Duck Soup

During his training, a baseball player strives
to make each swing better than the last.
The repetition of a faulty swing would be worse than useless.
It would ingrain bad habits.
The same is true of emotional responses.
If we allow ourselves to continue to have the same angry responses,
we just entrench our anger habit.
But if we strive - through consciousness, visualization, and coaching -
to moderate our anger response,
over time, we can train ourselves to respond
to events as we choose - without anger.
You can't magically be free from anger tomorrow,
but you can put yourself on your own training program
that will reduce the frequency and intensity
of your anger response day by day, year by year.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with,
but whether it is the same problem you had last year.
- John Foster Dulles

Mother Nature may be forgiving this year,
or next year, but eventually she's going to come around and whack you.
You've got to be prepared.
- Geraldo Rivera

If I weren't earning $3 million a year to dunk a basketball,
most people on the street would run in the other direction if they saw me coming.
- Charles Barkley

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best.
- William Arthur Ward

Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband
a month before she marries him
and what she thinks of him a year afterward,
and you will have the truth about him.
- H. L. Mencken

It seems every year, people make the resolution to
exercise and lose weight and get in shape.
- Ed Smith

I'd marry again if I found a man who had fifteen million dollars,
would sign over half to me, and guarantee that he'd be dead within a year.
- Bette Davis

Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve.
Middle age is when you're forced to.
- Bill Vaughan

All of the books in the world contain no more information
than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year.
Not all bits have equal value.
- Carl Sagan

A two-year-old is kind of like having a blender,
but you don't have a top for it.
- Jerry Seinfeld

Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new.
- Sammy Hagar

I have the body of an eighteen year old.
I keep it in the fridge.
- Spike Milligan

From the way most people live,
one would never guess that humans are beings of free will.
Repetition can be a choice, but often it isn't.
The athlete or pianist who practices the same routine
day after day, year after year, has their eye on a goal.
The unending repetition is a conscious choice
in the pursuit of a life dream.
But what about the sameness of most lives?
Observe the morning commute, the after-work drink,
the Sunday football game or religious service -
how many of those people are consciously following their dream,
training their mind, body, and spirit through that daily repetition?
And how many are mindlessly slogging through each day
out of habit and boredom?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love,
trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity.
The order varies for any given year.
- Paul Sweeney

Every year of my life I grow more convinced that it
is wisest and best to fix our attention on the beautiful and the good,
and dwell as little as possible on the evil and the false.
- Richard Cecil

The crops were planted, tended, and harvested -
now the ground lies fallow, awaiting the new planting.
Did the year fail? I think not.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My New Year's resolution is to stick to a good workout
plan that will keep me healthy and happy.
- James Lafferty

I spent a year in that town, one Sunday.
- George Burns

A stockbroker urged me to buy a stock that would triple its value every year.
I told him, "At my age, I don't even buy green bananas."
- Claude Pepper

A year ago I had a back injury and followed a good
nutrition program to help speed up my recovery.
I focused on exercise and staying healthy in order
to get back out on the ice.
- Sasha Cohen

America believes in education: the average professor
earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week.
- Evan Esar

People who don't take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.
People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.
- Peter Drucker

A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God.
- Alan Perlis

We are not the same persons this year as last;
nor are those we love.
It is a happy chance if we, changing,
continue to love a changed person.
- W. Somerset Maugham

I used to be good with kids, but as I get older,
I'm grumpy and terrible with them.
As for doing a gig at a 6-year old's birthday party,
you couldn't pay me enough.
- Johnny Vegas


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