If a thing is right, it can be done, and if it is wrong, it can be done without

black horse

Induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses

“‘T is not for me to lay down plans for other people,” said Jerry, “but if they can’t walk so far, they can go to what is nearer; and if it should rain they can put on their mackintoshes as they do on a week-day. If a thing is right, it can be done, and if it is wrong, it can be done without; and a good man will find a way; and that is as true for us cabmen as it is for the churchgoers.”

by Anna Sewell (30 March 1820 – 25 April 1878)
from Black Beauty (November 24, 1877)
Part III – The Sunday Cab
image – ktylerconk

For Horses

Black Beauty is Anna Sewell’s one and only published book. She wrote it while in declining health, in her early to mid 50’s, publishing at the age of 57. She died just five months later, living long enough to see that the book was a success, but not long enough to know it would become a record-breaking classic. Because it is a book with a cause, I like to think she sensed what might be ahead.

Anna Sewell is quoted as writing Black Beauty to “induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses.” She hoped to influence adults who work with horses, and it probably did, indirectly. Instead, her book has inspired generations of children. Countless little girls who specialized in drawing horses and dreamed of owning a pony got their first dose of equine terminology by reading about Black Beauty‘s life, friends and work.

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2 Responses to “If a thing is right, it can be done, and if it is wrong, it can be done without”

  1. clarissa mcfairy Says:

    Beautiful photograph. Blends beautifully with the Quote and the embelishment.

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