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I desire no future that will break the ties with the past.
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A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
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A toddling little girl is a centre of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.
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A woman's heart must be of such a size and no larger, else it must be pressed small, like Chinese feet; her happiness is to be made as cakes are, by a fixed recipe.
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Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life.
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Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
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All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.
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All the learnin' my father paid for was a bit o' birch at one end and an alphabet at the other.
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An ass may bray a good while before he shakes the stars down.
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An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.
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And when a woman's will is as strong as the man's who wants to govern her, half her strength must be concealment.
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Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love.
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Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.
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Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.
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Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.
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Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.
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Breed is stronger than pasture.
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But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.
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But that intimacy of mutual embarrassment, in which each feels that the other is feeling something, having once existed, its effect is not to be done away with.
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But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
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Conscientious people are apt to see their duty in that which is the most painful course.
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Consequences are unpitying.
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Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.
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Death is the king of this world: 'Tis his park where he breeds life to feed him. Cries of pain are music for his banquet.
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Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
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Different taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
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Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives, or else to be a monster.
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Excellence encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world.
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Excessive literary production is a social offense.
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Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.
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Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult.
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For what is love itself, for the one we love best? An enfolding of immeasurable cares which yet are better than any joys outside our love.
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Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline.
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Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
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Harold, like the rest of us, had many impressions which saved him the trouble of distinct ideas.
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He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.
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Hobbies are apt to run away with us, you know; it doesn't do to be run away with. We must keep the reins.
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Hostesses who entertain much must make up their parties as ministers make up their cabinets, on grounds other than personal liking.
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I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence.
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I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved.
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I like trying to get pregnant. I'm not so sure about childbirth.
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I should like to know what is the proper function of women, if it is not to make reasons for husbands to stay at home, and still stronger reasons for bachelors to go out.
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If we had a keen vision of all that is ordinary in human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which is the other side of silence.
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Ignorant kindness may have the effect of cruelty; but to be angry with it as if it were direct cruelty would be an ignorant unkindness.
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I'm not denyin' the women are foolish. God Almighty made 'em to match the men.
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I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.
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In all private quarrels the duller nature is triumphant by reason of dullness.
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In every parting there is an image of death.
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In spite of his practical ability, some of his experience had petrified into maxims and quotations.
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In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause.
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