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Even when she was speaking, her soul was in prayer reposing on an unseen support.

Even when she was speaking, her soul was in prayer reposing on an unseen support.


         

You must mind and not lower the Church in people's eyes by seeming to be frightened about it for such a little thing.

You must mind and not lower the Church in people's eyes by seeming to be frightened about it for such a little thing.


         


A woman may get to love by degrees—the best fire does not flare up the soonest.

A woman may get to love by degrees—the best fire does not flare up the soonest.


         

Her own misery filled her heart—there was no room in it for other people's sorrow.

Her own misery filled her heart—there was no room in it for other people's sorrow.


         


In so complex a thing as human nature, we must consider, it is hard to find rules without exception.

In so complex a thing as human nature, we must consider, it is hard to find rules without exception.


         

She handled it (her trade) with all the grace that belongs to mastery.

She handled it (her trade) with all the grace that belongs to mastery.


         

Aye, aye, that's the way wi' thee: thee allays makes a peck o' thy own words out o' a pint o' the Bible's

Aye, aye, that's the way wi' thee: thee allays makes a peck o' thy own words out o' a pint o' the Bible's


         

In our instinctive rebellion against pain, we are children again, and demand an active will to wreak our vengeance on.

In our instinctive rebellion against pain, we are children again, and demand an active will to wreak our vengeance on.


         

Her little butterfly soul fluttered incessantly between memory and dubious expectation.

Her little butterfly soul fluttered incessantly between memory and dubious expectation.


         

Mr. Craig was not above talking politics occasionally, though he piqued himself rather on a wise insight than on specific information.

Mr. Craig was not above talking politics occasionally, though he piqued himself rather on a wise insight than on specific information.


         

College mostly makes people like bladders—just good for nothing but t’ hold the stuff as is poured into ‘em.

College mostly makes people like bladders—just good for nothing but t’ hold the stuff as is poured into ‘em.


         


My life is too short, and God’s work is too great for me to think of making a home for myself in this world.

My life is too short, and God’s work is too great for me to think of making a home for myself in this world.


         

The secret of our emotions never lies in the bare object, but in its subtle relations to our own past.

The secret of our emotions never lies in the bare object, but in its subtle relations to our own past.


         

It is the favourite stratagem of our passions to sham a retreat, and to turn sharp round upon us at the moment we have made up our minds that the day is our own.

It is the favourite stratagem of our passions to sham a retreat, and to turn sharp round upon us at the moment we have made up our minds that the day is our own.


         

What destroys us most effectively is not a malign fate but our own capacity for self-deception and for degrading our own best self.

What destroys us most effectively is not a malign fate but our own capacity for self-deception and for degrading our own best self.


         

It is very hard to say the exact truth, even about your own immediate feelings – much harder than to say something fine about them which is not the exact truth.

It is very hard to say the exact truth, even about your own immediate feelings – much harder than to say something fine about them which is not the exact truth.


         

A pretty building I'm making, without either bricks or timber. I'm up i' the garret a'ready, and haven't so much as dug the foundation.

A pretty building I'm making, without either bricks or timber. I'm up i' the garret a'ready, and haven't so much as dug the foundation.


         

It's easy finding reasons why other folks should be patient.

It's easy finding reasons why other folks should be patient.


         

Timid people always reek their peevishness on the gentle.

Timid people always reek their peevishness on the gentle.


         

He sat watching what went forward with the quiet outward glance of healthy old age.

He sat watching what went forward with the quiet outward glance of healthy old age.