C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


The carpenter dresses his plank—the tongue of his fore-plane whistles its wild ascending lisp.

Walt Whitman.

  • The house-builder at work in cities or anywhere,
  • The preparatory jointing, squaring, sawing, mortising,
  • The hoist-up of beams, the push of them in their places, laying them regular,
  • Setting the studs by their tenons in the mortises, according as they were prepared,
  • The blows of the mallets and hammers.
  • Walt Whitman.

    Are the tools without, which the carpenter puts forth his hands to, or are they and all the carpentry within himself; and would he not smile at the notion that chest or house is more than he?

    Cyrus A. Bartol.