"Joy is the serious business of heaven."
Art credit: Old Line's Birthday by Hans Andersen Brendekidle
Having immersed myself in the stories of the Spanish gold-seekers for Month 1 with all their cruelties and treachery, this verse in Isaiah really struck me:
"I will make a man more precious than fine gold." (Isaiah 13:12)
I do hope that day will come.
Art credit: Fundacion de Santiago by Pedro Lira
"The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell."
Art credit: Disagreement Between an 8-year-old Boy and Confucius by Yashima Gakutei
"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."
--Marcus Tullus Cicero
Art credit: Summer by Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky
"If we work upon marble, it will perish; if we work upon brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal souls, if we imbue them with immortal principles, with the just fear of God and love of fellow men, we engrave on those tablets something which will brighten all eternity."
Art credit: The Evening Prayer by Pierre Edouard Frere
Harriet Beecher Stowe's reflections on the mother as teacher:
"The most fearful thing about this education matter is that it is example more than word. Talk as you will, the child follows what he sees, not what he hears. The prevailing tone of the parent's character will make the temper of the household; the spirit of the parent will form the spirit of the child."
Art credit: Mutter und Kind Rasten under einem Baum by Imre Gergely
"There is no such thing on Earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person."
Art credit: Summerlust by Hermann Seeger
"A difference of opinion in one question must not prevent us from working unitedly in those on which we can agree."
--Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Art credit: The First Grief by Daniel Ridgway Knight
"The world's history is a divine poem...to the humble listener--there has been a divine melody running through the song which speaks of hope and peaceful days to come."
Art credit: Moulin du Boulonnais au Soleil Couchans by Henri Duhm
"Our liberties are safe until the memories and experiences of the past are blotted out and the Mayflower with its band of pilgrims forgotten, until our public school system has fallen into decay and the nation into ignorance."
Art credit: The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth by Jennie A. Brownscombe
The Well-Educated Mother's Heart