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A Recipe For Low Spirits.

Take an ounce of the seeds of resolution, mixed well with the oil of good conscience, infuse into it a large spoonful of the salts of patience; distil very carefully a composing plant called “others’ woes,” which you will find in every part of the garden of life, growing under the broad leaves of disguise; add a small quantity, and it will greatly assist the salts of patience in their operation; gather handful of the blossom of hope, then sweeten them properly with the balm of prudence; and if you can get any of the seeds of true friendship, you will then have the most valuable medicine that can be administered. But you must be careful to get some of the seeds of true friendship, as there is a seed very much like it called “self-interest,” which will spoil the whole composition. Make the ingredients into pills, take one night and morning, and the cure will be effected.

GODEY’S LADY’S BOOK, July through December, 1877 p. 48

Every heart has its secret sorrow, which the world knows not, and oftentimes we call a man cold when he is only sad.

GODEY’S LADY’S BOOK, July through December, 1877 p. 48

Whatever be the cause of happiness, may also be likewise the cause of misery. The medicine which, rightly applied, has power to cure, has, when rashness or ignorance prescribes it, the same power to destroy.

GODEY’S LADY’S BOOK, July through December, 1877 p. 52

When you hear the phrase, “I may say without vanity,” you may be sure some characteristic vanity will follow in the same breath.

GODEY’S LADY’S BOOK, January through June, 1874 p. 354