Anne Bradstreet, American Poet ( - )

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If what I do prove well, it won't advance. They'll say it's stolen, or else it was by chance.~Anne Bradstreet

Chance Prove Say

Iron till it be thoroughly heated is incapable to be wrought; so God sees good to cast some men into the furnace of affliction, and then beats them on his anvil into what frame he pleases.~Anne Bradstreet

Good God Men

A prosperous state makes a secure Christian, but adversity makes him Consider.~Anne Bradstreet

Adversity Christian Him

Youth is the time of getting, middle age of improving, and old age of spending.~Anne Bradstreet

Time Age Youth

Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.~Anne Bradstreet

Wisdom Without Edge