Charles Dudley Warner Quotes

Politics makes strange bed-fellows. Charles Dudley Warner

There was never a nation great until it came to the knowledge that it had nowhere in the world to go for help. Charles Dudley Warner

What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it. Charles Dudley Warner

Mud-pies gratify one of our first and best instincts. So long as we are dirty, we are pure. Charles Dudley Warner

It is fortunate that each generation does not comprehend its own ignorance. We are thus enabled to call our ancestors barbarous. Charles Dudley Warner

Lettuce is like conversation: it must be fresh and crisp, and so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it. Charles Dudley Warner

The principal value of a garden is not understood. It is not to give the possessors vegetables and fruit (that can be better and cheaper done by the market-gardeners), but to teach him patience and philosophy, and the higher virtues – hope deferred, and expectations blighted, leading directly to resignation, and sometimes to alienation. Charles Dudley Warner

There is but one pleasure in life equal to that of being called on to make an after-dinner speech, and that is not being called on to make one. Charles Dudley Warner

Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough. Charles Dudley Warner

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. Charles Dudley Warner

The complex affair we call the world requires a great variety of people to keep it going. Charles Dudley Warner

Few people can resist doing what is universally expected of them. This invisible pressure is more difficult to stand against than individual tyranny. Charles Dudley Warner

The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value. Charles Dudley Warner

No one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. Charles Dudley Warner

Regrets are idle; yet history is one long regret. Everything might have turned out so differently. Charles Dudley Warner

There isn’t a wife in the world who has not taken the exact measure of her husband, weighed him and settled him in her own mind, and knows him as well as if she had ordered him after designs and specifications of her own. Charles Dudley Warner

The man who has planted a garden feels that he has done something for the good of the world. Charles Dudley Warner