“It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”

“To choose a time and place for one’s own death is a liberty that only the insightful possess.”

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”

“What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer?”

“A little thing affects them. A slight disorder of the stomach makes them cheats. You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of underdone potato. There’s more of gravy than of grave about you.”

“It’s not about what I get or don’t get, it’s about being grateful for what I have.”

“Take heart within yourself and I will protect you.”

“We need to look out for one another, especially during these hard times.”

“I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school-boy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to everybody!”

“God bless us, every one!”

“Spirit, are these the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they the shadows of things that May be, only?”

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.”

“He resembled that repulsive animal more closely than anything else.”

“The happiness he gives, is quite as great as if it cost a fortune.”

“If they would rather die, they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”

“Smell is the most potent sense we have. Time past is past, and time to come is not come. What is to come is still unsure and we can use our senses to make the present better.”

“You are always a good friend and a bright light in my life.”

“I have been much too selfish and forgetful of other people in my life.”

“There is the proud father boasting of his son’s winnings. Can you not see yourself, as you are now, without the money?”

“They told me it was a bad dollar. I gave it to him in that state to do away with the bad luck. I would give him every penny I have.”

“We must open our hearts and embrace the joy around us.”

“You were always kind-hearted.”

“I see a vacant seat, in the poor chimney-corner, and a crutch without an owner, carefully preserved.”

“God bless us every one, whether we are rich or poor.”

“I will work to provide for my family, despite the difficult circumstances.”