Sarah Orne Jewett
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"Sarah Orne Jewett" was an American novelist, short story writer and poet, best known for her American literary regionalism/local color works set along or near the southern seacoast of Maine. Jewett is recognized as an important practitioner of American literary regionalism.

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A harbor, even if it is a little harbor, is a good thing... It takes something from the world, and has something to give in return.

It is the people who can do nothing who find nothing to do, and the secret to happiness in this world is not only to be useful, but to be forever elevating one's uses.

The thing that teases the mind over and over for years, and at last gets itself put down rightly on paper - whether little or great, it belongs to Literature.

In the life of each of us, I said to myself, 'There is a place remote and islanded, and given to endless regret or secret happiness.'

'Taint't worthwhile to wear a day all out before it comes.

When I was as you are now, towering in the confidence of twenty-one, little did I suspect that I should be at forty-nine, what I now am.

Some set more by such things as come from a distance, but I rec'lect mother always used to maintain that folks was meant to be doctored with the stuff that grew right about 'em.

It does seem so pleasant to talk with an old acquaintance who knows what you know. I see so many new folks nowadays who seem to have neither past nor future. Conversation has got to have some root in the past, or else you have got to explain every remark you make, and it wears a person out.

Tact is, after all, a kind of mind reading.

What has made this nation great? Not its heroes but its households.

God would not give us the same talent if what were right for men were wrong for women.