|It is like any other agriculture: if you hoe
it and harrow it and water it enough, you can make three blades of it grow
where none grew before. If you've got nothing to plant, the process is slow
and difficult, but if you've got a seed of some kind or other--any kind
will answer--you get along a good deal faster.
- "Three Thousand Years Among the Microbes"
Clemens at Dollis Hill
...it is a blessed provision of nature that at times like these, as soon as
a man's mercury has got down to a certain point there comes a revulsion, and
he rallies. Hope springs up, and cheerfulness along with it, and then he is
in good shape to do something for himself, if anything can be done.
- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
I was born with an incurable disease, so was everybody--the same one that every
machine has--and the knowledge of the fact frightens nobody, damages nobody;
but the moment a name is given the disease, the whole thing is changed: fright
ensues, and horrible depression, and the life that has learned its sentence
is not worth the living. Medicine has its office, it does its share and does
it well; but without hope back of it, its forces are crippled and only the physician's
verdict can create that hope when the facts refuse to create it.
- Letter to Dr. W. W. Baldwin, May 15, 1904
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