Infancy is a Fair Page

“Infancy is a fair page upon which you may write–goodness, happiness, heaven, or–sin, misery, hell. And the words once written, no chemical art can erase them. the substance of the paper itself must be rubbed through by the file of suffering before the writing can be effaced. Infancy is the soft metal in the moulder’s hands; he may shape it in the image of a fiend, or the form of an angel—and when finished, the statue hardens into rock, which nothing but the hammer of God’s providence can break; nothing but the fire of God’s providence can melt for re-moulding.”

– Deserted Wife, Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth

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