(Lincoln Steffens (1866-1936), U.S. writer, editor. Quoted in Steffens, Autobiography, ch. 18 (1931).
Remark to financier Bernard Baruch, on his return from the Soviet Union in 1919; he made the same remark in a letter, April 3, 1919.)
A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.
(Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Renée de l'Estorade in a letter Louise de Macumer, in Letters of Two Brides (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées), in La Presse (1841-1842), Souverain (1842), included in the Scènes de la Vie Privée in the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971).)