• We all of us need to be toppled off the throne of self, my dear," he said. "Perched up there the tears of others are never upon our own cheek

    Elizabeth Goudge
  • Nothing living should ever be treated with contempt. Whatever it is that lives, a man, a tree, or a bird, should be touched gently, because the time is short. Civilization is another word for respect for life

    Elizabeth Goudge
  • In a world where thrushes sing and willow trees are golden in the spring, boredom should have been included among the seven deadly sins

    Elizabeth Goudge
  • What is the scent of water?""Renewal. The goodness of God coming down like dew

    Elizabeth Goudge
  • The very old and the very young have something in common that makes it right that they should be left alone together. Dawn and sunset see stars shining in a blue sky; but morning and midday and afternoon do not, poor things

    Elizabeth Goudge
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