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Success soon palls. The joyous time is, when the breeze first strikes your sails, and the waters rustle under your bows.

CHARLES BUXTON, Notes of Thought

Failure means that you would not, or could not, pay for success. Success is a matter of sale. It can (most often) be bought by a large outlay--of hard forethought--of pains--of steadiness--of the golden wisdom coined from experience. But the figure is too high for most of us. We are too poor, or too slothful, to bring the price.

CHARLES BUXTON, Notes of Thought

Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal. The winner is he who gives himself to his work body and soul.

CHARLES BUXTON, Notes of Thought

The road to success is not to be run upon by seven-leagued boots. Step by step, little by little, bit by bit--that is the way to wealth, that is the way to wisdom, that is the way to glory. Pounds are the sons, not of pounds, but of pence.

CHARLES BUXTON, Notes of Thought

In one family, all goes by two and two. If a member of it has any interest, he or she will confide it to some one other; but the rest know nothing. In another family, all feel what touches one; nothing is kept dark from the father and mother, brothers and sisters--all share. This family habit is by far the better, it strengthens the tie between the members, and makes the home one home.

CHARLES BUXTON, Notes of Thought

The great want in family life that strikes me is this, that there are so few tête-à-têtes. You live on from year's end to year's end, surrounded by those whom you love, and chatting together; but it is rare to be thrown alone with any one individual, and have really intimate talk with him or her. Yet the difference in value is immense between mere social chat, and that mingling of mind with mind, which is impossible if others are by. But the real fact is, that unless some effort is made for it, or unless circumstances are unusually favourable, the very members of the same family live, one might say, on parallel lines, without ever touching.

CHARLES BUXTON, Notes of Thought

In one family, every little plan or question is discussed amid bickering and irritation. In another, without the least effort, every discussion goes on amid perfect peace. This is just as easy, and infinitely more agreeable: only, in many homes it does not happen to be the family habit.

CHARLES BUXTON, Notes of Thought

A large family party is rather too much like a flight of tomtits; everlasting twitter, but no conversation; gregariousness without companionship.

CHARLES BUXTON, Notes of Thought

All movement, of every creature, comes from the desire after something better.

CHARLES BUXTON, Notes of Thought


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