Hamilton Wright Mabie was a renowned American essayist, critic, and lecturer. He held a degree in law yet he was never inclined towards becoming a lawyer. During the year 1879, he started working for a weekly magazine, ‘Christian Union’ that was later renamed as ‘The Outlook’ in 1893, wherein he worked until his death. Later in 1884, he was appointed as associate editor of the same magazine. Seeing his works, he was elected into the ‘Authors club’, which already had established authors like George Cary Eggleston, Richard Watson Gilder and Brander Mathews. Mabie has 23 literary works in his bag. He was very famous for his children’s books. ‘The Life of the Spirit’, ‘Under Trees And Elsewhere’, ‘The Life Of The Spirit’, ‘Parables of Life’ and ‘Backgrounds Of Literature’ are a few of his notable works. ‘My Study Fire’ is a collection of his essays, which revolve around life, literature and nature. Following is a compilation of famous thoughts, quotes and views by Mabie that cover varied subjects. Go through the quotations and sayings by Hamilton Wright Mabie that are sure to leave a lasting impression.
The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had means, time, influence and educational advantages; the question is what he will do with the things he has. The moment a young man ceases to dream or to bemoan his lack of opportunities and resolutely looks his conditions in the face, and resolves to change them, he lays the corner-stone of a solid and honorable success.
Don't be afraid of opposition. Remember, a kite rises against, not with, the wind.
Hamilton Wright Mabie
New Year's eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.
The mother loves her child most divinely, not when she surrounds him with comfort and anticipates his wants but when she resolutely holds him to the highest standards and is content with nothing less than his best.
Nothing is lost upon a man who is bent upon growth; nothing wasted on one who is always preparing for - life by keeping eyes, mind and heart open to nature, men, books, experience - and what he gathers serves him at unexpected moments in unforeseen ways.
To have a quiet mind is to possess one's mind wholly; to have a calm spirit is to possess one's self.
Hamilton Wright Mabie
Man is incomprehensible without Nature and Nature is incomprehensible apart from man. For the delicate loveliness of the flower is as much in the human eye as in its own fragile petals and in the splendor of the heavens as much in the imagination that kindles at the touch of their glory as in the shining of countless worlds.
Genius is intensity of life; an overflowing vitality which floods and fertilizes a continent or a hemisphere of being; which makes a nature many-sided and whole, while most men remain partial and fragmentary.
I do not believe that the deeper problems of living can ever be answered by the process of thought. I believe that life itself teaches us either patience with regard to them, or reveals to us possible solutions when our hearts are pressed close against duties and sorrows and experiences of all kinds.
The test of friendship is its fidelity when every charm of fortune and environment has been spent away, and the bare, undraped character alone remains; if love still holds steadfast, and the joy of companionship survives in such an hour, the fellowship becomes a beautiful prophecy of immortality.
The book of the moment often has immense vogue, while the book of the age, which comes in its company from the press, lies unnoticed; but the great book has its revenge. It lives to see its contemporary pushed up shelf by shelf until it finds its final resting-place in the garret or the auction room.
Hamilton Wright Mabie
The germs of all truth lie in the soul, and when the ripe moment comes, the truth within answers to the fact without as the flower responds to the sun, giving it form for heat and color for light.
Now at the end of a long avenue, but when he turned to, look for his followers not one was to be seen; the woods had closed instantly upon him as he had passed through. He was entirely alone, and utter