Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
Then let Ausonia, skilled in every art To soften manners, but corrupt the heart, Pour her exotic follies o'er the town, To sanctionVice, and hunt Decorum down.Rochdale
Even the word depression itself was the terminological product of an effort to soften the connotation of deep trouble. In the last century, the term crisis was normally employed. With time, however, this acquired the connotation of the misfortune it described.john kenneth galbraith
Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind, spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies.Robert Louis Stevenson
We all feel a separateness; we wish that a drop of water would soften our ego; the world needs a common conscience: agreement... we must concentrate outside ourselves.mark tobey
I am 'too fiery' … yet I wish to be seen as I am, and would lose all rather than soften away anything.margaret fuller
Do not let your bachelor ways crystallize so that you can’t soften them when you come to have a wife and a family of your own.rutherford b. hayes
Modern civilization has introduced great qualifications to soften the rigours of war; and allows a degree of intercourse with enemies, and particularly with prisoners of war, which can hardly be carried on without the assistance of our Courts of justice. It is not therefore good policy to encourage these strict notions, which are insisted on contrary to morality and public convenience.