Jane Taylor Quotes (12 quotes)
“Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are,
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky!”
The Star, from Original Poems for Infant Minds (1804).
“I thank the goodness and the grace
Which on my birth have smiled,
And made me in these Christian days,
A happy English child.”
A Child's Hymn of Praise, from Hymns for Infant Minds (1810).
“Though man a thinking being is defined,
Few use the grand prerogative of mind.
How few think justly of the thinking few!
How many never think, who think they do!”
Essays in Rhyme from On Morals and Manners, Prejudice, Essay i. Stanza 45, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
“Far from mortal cares retreating,
Sordid hopes and vain desires,
Here, our willing footsteps meeting,
Every heart to heaven aspires.”
Hymn, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
“Oh that it were my chief delight
To do the things I ought!
Then let me try with all my might
To mind what I am taught.”
For a Very Little Child, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Bartlett's notes this work to be written by Ann Taylor.
“Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
My Mother, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
“They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe failure to a lack of inspiration or ability, or to misfortune, rather than to insufficient application. At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence that by persistence and patience something worthwhile will be realized. Thus talent is a species of vigor.”
Between the Devil and the Dragon: The Best Essays and Aphorisms of Eric Hoffer (Harper & Row, 1982), p. 67
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Born: September 23, 1783
Died: April 13, 1824 (aged 40)
Bio: Jane Taylor was an English poet and novelist. Her sister was Ann Taylor.