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31 Inspiring Quotes by Lydia M. Child

  • Last updated Jul 27 2021

Welcome to our collection of quotes by Lydia M. Child.

Wikipedia Summary for Lydia M. Child

Lydia Maria Child (née Francis; February 11, 1802 – October 20, 1880), was an American abolitionist, women's rights activist, Native American rights activist, novelist, journalist, and opponent of American expansionism.

Her journals, both fiction and domestic manuals, reached wide audiences from the 1820s through the 1850s. At times she shocked her audience as she tried to take on issues of both male dominance and white supremacy in some of her stories.

Despite these challenges, Child may be most remembered for her poem "Over the River and Through the Wood." Her grandparents' house, which she wrote about visiting, was restored by Tufts University in 1976 and stands near the Mystic River on South Street, in Medford, Massachusetts.

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Law is not law, if it violates the principles of eternal justice.

--Lydia M. Child

Arizona landscape rocks

Ah, my friend, that is the only true church organization, when heads and hearts unite in working for the welfare of the human race!

--Lydia M. Child

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It is right noble to fight with wickedness and wrong; the mistake is in supposing that spiritual evil can be overcome by physical means.

--Lydia M. Child

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Childhood itself is scarcely more lovely than a cheerful, kindly, sunshiny old age.

--Lydia M. Child

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The boughs of no two trees ever have the same arrangement. Nature always produces individuals; She never produces classes.

--Lydia M. Child

white pencil on black platform

The cure for all the ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrows, and the crimes of humanity, all lie in the one word 'love.' It is the divine vitality that everywhere produces and restores life.

--Lydia M. Child

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Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father.

--Lydia M. Child

Longer Version:

Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!


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The excess of all good things is mischievous.

--Lydia M. Child

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No music is so pleasant to my ears as that word-father.

--Lydia M. Child





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Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character.

--Lydia M. Child

Longer Version:

Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning.


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Every man deems that he has precisely the trials and temptations which are the hardest of all others for him to bear; but they are so, simply because they are the very ones he most needs.

--Lydia M. Child

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We must not forget that all great revolutions and reformations would look mean and meagre if examined in detail as they occurred at the time.

--Lydia M. Child

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Misfortune is never mournful to the soul that accepts it; for such do always see that every cloud is an angel's face.

--Lydia M. Child

Longer Version:

Misfortune is never mournful to the soul that accepts it; for such do always see that every cloud is an angel's face. Every man deems that he has precisely the trials and temptations which are the hardest of all others for him to bear; but they are so, simply because they are the very ones he most needs.


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Genius hath electric power which earth can never tame.

--Lydia M. Child

Longer Version:

Genius hath electric power;

Which earth can never tame;

Bright suns may scorch and dark clouds lower;

Its flash is still the same.


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Even if nothing worse than wasted mental effort could be laid to the charge of theology, that alone ought to be sufficient to banish it from the earth, as one of the worst enemies of mankind.

--Lydia M. Child

Longer Version:

Even if nothing worse than wasted mental effort could be laid to the charge of theology, that alone ought to be sufficient to banish it from the earth ... What a vast amount of labour and learning has been expended, as uselessly as emptying shallow puddles into sieves! How much intellect has been employed mousing after texts, to sustain preconceived doctrines!



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I think we have reason to thank God for Abraham Lincoln. With all his deficiencies, it must be admitted that he has grown continually.

--Lydia M. Child

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Over the river and through the wood,
To grandfather's house we go;
The horse knows the way
To carry the sleigh,
Through the white and drifted snow.

--Lydia M. Child

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The old men gazed on them in their loveliness, and turned away with that deep and painful sigh, which the gladness of childhood, and thetransient beauty of youth, are so apt to awaken in the bosom of the aged.

--Lydia M. Child






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A human heart can never grow old if it takes a lively interest in the pairing of birds, the reproduction of flowers, and the changing tints of autumn leaves.

--Lydia M. Child

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Not in vain is Ireland pouring itself all over the earth. The Irish, with their glowing hearts and reverent credulity, are needed in this cold age of intellect and skepticism.

--Lydia M. Child


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