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Thoughts." Robert Louis says, "Man liveth not by bread alone, but principally by catchwords," and it may be that you will find within this "bundle" some catchword that shall both cheer and help you on your daily journey.

If you have laid away in your memory any quotations that belong by right in this book, the editor will be glad to have the privilege of considering them. Meanwhile he gives you hail, and wishes you "Good cheer!" as we go our separate ways

E. O. G.


Book of Good Cheer



UST being happy is a fine thing to do;
Looking on the bright side rather than the blue;
Sad or sunny musing

Is largely in the choosing,

And just being happy is brave work and true.

Just being happy helps other souls along;
Their burdens may be heavy and they not strong;
And your own sky will lighten,
If other skies you brighten

By just being happy with a heart full of song.

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OW I get me up to work,


I pray the Lord I may not shirk;
If I should die before the night,

I pray the Lord my work's done right.


AM bigger than anything that can happen to me. All these things, sorrow, misfortune and suffering, are outside my door. I am in the house and I have the key.


AT less; breathe more.
Talk less; think more.
Ride less; walk more.
Clothe less; bathe more.
Worry less; work more.
Waste less; give more.
Preach less; practice more.

-Amora Fitch.

-Charles F. Lummis.

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T is not raining rain to me,
It's raining daffodils,

In every dimpled drop I see
Wild flowers on the hills.

The clouds of gray engulf the day.
And overwhelm the town; .
It is not raining rain to me,
It's raining roses down.

It is not raining rain to me,

But fields of clover bloom,
Where any buccaneering bee
Can find a bed and room.
A health unto the happy,

A fig for him who frets!
It is not raining rain to me,
It's raining violets!



HINK not on Yesterday, nor trouble borrow
On what may be in store for you To-morrow,
But let To-day be your incessant care,-
The past is past, To-morrow's in the air.
Who gives To-day the best that in him lies
Will find the road that leads to clearer skies.
-John Kendrick Bangs.


WIXT optimist and pessimist the difference is droll; The optimist sees the doughnut, the pessimist the hole.

F I have faltered more or less

In my great task of happiness;
If I have moved among my race
And shown no glorious morning face;
If beams from happy human eyes
Have moved me not; if morning skies,
Books, and my food, and summer rain
Knocked on my sullen heart in vain:-
Lord, Thy most pointed pleasure take
And stab my spirit broad awake;
Or, Lord, if too obdurate I,
Choose Thou, before that spirit die,
A piercing pain, a killing sin,

And to my dead heart run them in!

-Robert Louis Stevenson.

HEN the outlook is not good, try the uplook.

ON'T worry about your work. Do what you can, let the rest go, and smile all the time.

HE wealth of a man is the number of things he loves and blesses, which he is loved and blessed by.

-Thomas Carlyle.

O give pleasure to a single heart by a single kind act is better than a thousand head-bowings in prayer.


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