The smile of God is victory.

-John Greenleaf Whittier
John Greenleaf Whittier

Nature eschews regular lines; she does not shape her lines by a common model. Not one of Eve's numerous progeny in all respects resembles her who first culled the flowers of Eden. To the infinite variety and picturesque inequality of nature we owe the great charm of her uncloying beauty.

John Greenleaf Whittier
We live by faith; but Faith is not the slave Of text and legend. Reason's voice and God's, Nature's and Duty's, never are at odds. What asks our Father of His children, save Justice and mercy and humility, A reasonable service of good deeds, Pure living, tenderness to human needs, Reverence and trust, and prayer for light to see The Master's footprints in our daily ways? No knotted scourge nor sacrificial knife, But the calm beauty of an ordered life Whose very breathing is unworded praise! - A life that stands as all true lives have stood Firm-rooted in the faith that God is Good.
John Greenleaf Whittier

God fills the gaps of human need, Each crisis brings its word and deed.

John Greenleaf Whittier
Dear Lord and Father of mankind, Forgive our foolish ways! Re-clothe us in our rightful mind, In purer lives thy service find, In deeper reverence praise
John Greenleaf Whittier

Who never wins can rarely lose, Who never climbs as rarely falls

John Greenleaf Whittier
Beauty is its own excuse.
John Greenleaf Whittier

With our sympathy for the wrongdoer we need the old Puritan and Quaker hatred of wrongdoing; with our just tolerance of men and opinions a righteous abhorrence of sin.

John Greenleaf Whittier
O brother man! fold to thy heart thy brother; Where pity dwells, the peace of God is there; To worship rightly is to love each other, Each smile a hymn, each kindly deed a prayer.
John Greenleaf Whittier

I'll lift you and you lift me, and we'll both ascend together. John Greenleaf Whittie

John Greenleaf Whittier
Truth is one;And, in all lands beneath the sun,Whoso hath eyes to see may seeThe tokens of its unity.