The smile of God is victory.

-John Greenleaf Whittier
John Greenleaf Whittier

The hope of all earnest souls must be realized.

John Greenleaf Whittier
Clothe with life the weak intent, Let me be the thing I meant ...
John Greenleaf Whittier

It is well for us if we have learned to listen to the sweet persuasion of the Beatitudes, but there are crises in all lives which require also the emphatic "Thou shalt not" of the decalogue which the founders wrote on the gateposts of their commonwealth.

John Greenleaf Whittier
Somewhat of goodness, something trueFrom sun and spirit shining throughAll faiths, all worlds, as through the darkOf ocean shines the lighthouse spark,Attests the presence everywhereOf love and providential care.
John Greenleaf Whittier

Let the thick curtain fall;I better know than allHow little I have gained,How vast the unattained.

John Greenleaf Whittier
No longer forward nor behind, I look in hope or fear; But grateful take the good I find, The best of now and here.
John Greenleaf Whittier

Once more the liberal year laughs out O'er richer stores than gems or gold: Once more with harvest song and shout Is nature's boldest triumph told.

John Greenleaf Whittier
A true life is at once interpreter and proof of the gospel.
John Greenleaf Whittier

What moistens the lip and what brightens the eye? What calls back the past like the rich pumpkin pie?

John Greenleaf Whittier
Flowers spring to blossom where she walks The careful ways of duty; Our hard, stiff lines of life with her Are flowing curves of beauty.