"As in water face reflects face, so a man's heart reveals the man."
"The girl who has so educated and regulated her intellect, her tastes, her emotions and her moral sense, as to be able to discern the true from the false will be ready for the faithful performance of whatever work in life is allotted to her...It is not for women alone that they should seek a higher education of their faculties and powers but for the sake of the communities in which they live, for the sake of the homes in which they rule and govern, and govern immortal souls, and for the sake of those other homes in the humbler walks of life, where they owe duties as ministering spirits as well as in there own, for in proportion as they minister to the comfort and health of others...In social life we find that the truest wives, the most patient and careful mothers, the wisest philanthropists and the women of the greatest social influence are women of cultivated minds." -John Young, Our Deportment 1881
"Creating gives a thrill to the heart. Whether the creation is a simple crocheted dishcloth, a musical composition, a poem, or [the making of other] beautiful items...the enjoyment and happiness that fills the heart is the greatest reward."
coterie- a small group of people with shared interests or tastes, esp. one that is exclusive of other people
cabal- a secret political clique or faction
augur- (of an event or circumstance) portend a good or bad outcome
desultory- (1) lacking a plan, purpose, or enthusiasm, or (2) (of conversation or speech) going constantly from one subject to another in a halfhearted way