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A Victorian Scrapbook

A Scrapbook of Newspaper Articles Compiled by George Burgess (1829-1905)

Victorian Culture and Life

1. A Happy Woman
2. Great Men
3. He

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A Happy Woman, Great Men and He who keeps himselfA HAPPY WOMAN. – Is she not the very sparkle and sunshine of life? A woman who is happy because she can’t help it – whose smiles even the coldest sprinkle of misfortune cannot dampen. Men make a terrible mistake when they marry the beauty, for talents, or for style. The sweetest wives are those who possess the magic secret of being contented under any circumstances. Rich or poor, high or low, it makes no difference; the bright little fountain of joy bubbles up just as musically in their hearts. Do they life in a log cabin, the fire that leaps up on its humble hearth becomes brighter than the gilded chandeliers in an Aladdin palace. Where the stream of life so dark and unpropitious that the sunshine of a happy face falling on the turbid tide would not awaken an answering gleam? Why, these joyous tempered people don’t know half the good they do.

GREAT MEN pay this tribute to fame – they must always be great. If they remove their laurels for an instant, stupidity plumps upon them, as the falling tortoise struck the head of the old philosopher and dashed out his brains.

HE who keeps himself always in the medium will be thought by most to be in some extreme; just as they who are in the centre of a circle appear directly opposed to those who view them from any part of the circumference.