A man's wisdom is measured by his hope.
Florence Earle Coates to Amos N. Wilder, probably sometime around 1924. From p. 10 of Religion in Life Vol. 21 (1951); an article written by Amos N. Wilder (brother of Thornton Wilder).
A democrat by conviction rather than by temperament, urging democracy as 'the only method consistent with human instinct toward expansion,' he was yet an educator, and believed in equality upon a high, not upon a low plane. Like Ruskin , he demanded of men their best, and with less than their best refused to be satisfied.Florence Earle Coates
The question of perpetual copyright is, in my judgement, entitled to the full and favorable consideration of the Congress of an enlightened republic. There would seem to be every reason for the equitable protection, without limit as to time, of the unquestioned property rights of its citizens.Florence Earle Coates
They live indeed the dead by whose example we are upward led.Florence Earle Coates
The business of art is to enlarge and correct the heart and to lift our ideals out of the ugly and the mean through love of the ideal...The business of art is to appeal to the soul.Florence Earle Coates
Maeterlinck says that compared with ordinary truths mystic truths have strange privileges they can neither age nor die. Beauty is eternal and ugliness, thank God, is ephemeral. Can there be any question as to which should attract the poet?Florence Earle Coates
As generous as a woman and as inspiring as a poet as she is discriminating in hero worship, this appreciation of "the noblest man that ever lived in the tides of time" is dedicated by her friend, THE AUTHOR.Florence Earle Coates