What Katy Did, Susan Coolidge
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Susan Coolidge

What Katy Did

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Cris Lo
Cris Lohas quoted2 months ago
Katy, who had the finest plans in the world for being "heroic," and of use, never saw, as she drifted on her heedless way, that here, in this lonely little sister, was the very chance she wanted for being a comfort to somebody who needed comfort very much.
Cris Lo
Cris Lohas quoted2 months ago
Poor Elsie, left behind, would cry bitter tears, and, as she was too proud to play much with Dorry and John, her principal comfort was tracking the older ones about and discovering their mysteries, especially the post-offices, which were her greatest grievance.
Cris Lo
Cris Lohas quoted2 months ago
So, darlings, take this little childish story,
In which some gleams of the old sunshine play,
And, as with careless hands you turn the pages,
Look back and smile, as here I smile to-day.

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Cris Lo
Cris Lohas quoted2 months ago
And star-eyed children, in whose innocent faces
Kindles the gladness which was once our own,
Crowd round our knees, with sweet and coaxing voices,
Asking for stories of that old-time home.
orpianoangelica
orpianoangelicahas quoted4 years ago
There is a saving grace in truth which helps truth-tellers through the worst of their troubles
Rachel Brown
Rachel Brownhas quoted5 years ago
Every day I see things which ought to be done, and I don't do them.
Rachel Brown
Rachel Brownhas quoted5 years ago
Remember, any imprudence will put you back. You must be content to gain a very little at a time. There is no royal road to walking any more than there is to learning. Every baby finds that out."
Rachel Brown
Rachel Brownhas quoted5 years ago
Cousin Helen's visit, though it lasted only one day, did great good. Not that Katy grew perfect all at once. None of us do that, even in books. But it is everything to be started in the right path. Katy's feet were on it now; and though she often stumbled and slipped, and often sat down discouraged, she kept on pretty steadily, in spite of bad days, which made her say to herself that she was not getting forward at all.
These bad days, when everything seemed hard, and she herself was cross and fretful, and drove the children out of her room, cost Katy many bitter tears. But after them she would pick herself up, and try again, and harder. And I think that in spite of drawbacks, the little scholar, on the whole, was learning her lesson pretty well.
Rachel Brown
Rachel Brownhas quoted5 years ago
In this school, to which you and I belong, there is one great comfort, and that is that the Teacher is always at hand. He never goes away. If things puzzle us, there He is, close by, ready to explain and make all easy. Try to think of this, darling, and don't be afraid to ask Him for help if the lesson seems too hard."
Rachel Brown
Rachel Brownhas quoted5 years ago
"It won't be easy," replied her cousin. "There will be days when your head aches, and you feel cross and fretted, and don't want to think of any one but yourself. And there'll be other days when Clover and the rest will come in, as Elsie did just now, and you will be doing something else, and will feel as if their coming was a bother. But you must recollect that every time you forget, and are impatient or selfish, you chill them and drive them farther away. They are loving little things, and are so sorry for you now, that nothing you do makes them angry. But by and by they will get used to having you sick, and if you haven't won them as friends, they will grow away from you as they get older."
Rachel Brown
Rachel Brownhas quoted5 years ago
"But you can make your room such a delightful place, that they will want to come to you! Don't you see, a sick person has one splendid chance—she is always on hand. Everybody who wants her knows just where to go. If people love her, she gets naturally to be the heart of the house.
"Once make the little ones feel that your room is the place of all others to come to when they are tired, or happy, or grieved, or sorry about anything, and that the Katy who lives there is sure to give them a loving reception—and the battle is won. For you know we never do people good by lecturing; only by living their lives with them, and helping a little here, and a little there, to make them better. And when one's own life is laid aside for a while, as yours is now, that is the very time to take up other people's lives, as we can't do when we are scurrying and bustling over our own affairs.
Rachel Brown
Rachel Brownhas quoted5 years ago
studying will be like working at a garden, where things don't grow easily. Every flower you raise will be a sort of triumph, and you will value it twice as much as a common flower which has cost no trouble."
Rachel Brown
Rachel Brownhas quoted5 years ago
We have to feel and guess before we can make out just how other people go, and how we ought to take hold of them.
Rachel Brown
Rachel Brownhas quoted5 years ago
"Well, there's the lesson of Patience. That's one of the hardest studies. You can't learn much of it at a time, but every bit you get by heart, makes the next bit easier.
Rachel Brown
Rachel Brownhas quoted5 years ago
"How do you manage to be so sweet and beautiful and patient, when you're feeling badly all the time, and can't do anything, or walk, or stand?"
Rachel Brown
Rachel Brownhas quoted5 years ago
Everybody was very kind and patient with her, but she was too selfishly miserable to notice it.
Rachel Brown
Rachel Brownhas quoted5 years ago
Just for the want of the small 'horseshoe nail' of Obedience, Katy."
Rachel Brown
Rachel Brownhas quoted5 years ago
It took much time and patience to bring order out of this confusion.
Rachel Brown
Rachel Brownhas quoted5 years ago
Aunt Izzie's theory was, that young people must obey their elders without explanation.
Rachel Brown
Rachel Brownhas quoted5 years ago
You know how, if we begin the day in a cross mood, all sorts of unfortunate accidents seem to occur to add to our vexations.
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