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It is never too late to be what you might have been.
Even when she was speaking, her soul was in prayer reposing on an unseen support.
Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions they pass no criticisms.
Modesty, not temper.
It is always fatal to have music or poetry interrupted.
Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning.
How can one ever do anything nobly Christian, living among people with such petty thoughts?
You should read history and look at ostracism, persecution, martyrdom, and that kind of thing. They always happen to the best men, you know.
Fear was stronger than the calculation of probabilities.
In poor Rosamond’s mind there was not room enough for luxuries to look small in.
'Tis God gives skill but not without men's hands: he could not make Antonio Stradivarius violins without Antonio.
In Rome it seems as if there were so many things which are more wanted in the world than pictures.
We are all humiliated by the sudden discovery of a fact which has existed very comfortably and perhaps been staring at us in private while we have been making up our world entirely without it.
If a man has a capacity for great thoughts, he is likely to overtake them before he is decrepit.
Don't judge a book by its cover
It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action and they will have it if they cannot find it.
There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire: it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism.
There's folks 'ud stand on their heads and then say the fault was i' their boots.
It is curious what patches of hardness and tenderness lie side by side in men’s dispositions. I suppose he has some test by which he finds out whom Heaven cares for.
The years seem to rush by now and I think of death as a fast approaching end of a journey-double and treble reason for loving as well as working while it is day.
Wear a smile and have friends wear a scowl and have wrinkles.
You must mind and not lower the Church in people's eyes by seeming to be frightened about it for such a little thing.
'Tis what I love determines how I love.
Truth has rough flavours if we bite it through.
Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of those who diffuse it it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker.
Necessity does the work of courage.
Excellence encourages one about life generally it shows the spiritual wealth of the world.
What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined to strengthen each other, to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories
I had some ambition. I meant everything to be different with me. I thought I had more strength and mastery. But the most terrible obstacles are such as nobody can see except oneself.
Sane people did what their neighbours did, so that if any lunatics were at large, one might know and avoid them.
Blessed is the man who having nothing to say refrains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.
Don't judge a book by its cover.
A woman may get to love by degrees—the best fire does not flare up the soonest.
People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest neighbors.
There are many victories worse than a defeat.
The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to the purpose they see as best.
The first condition of human goodness is something to love the second something to revere.
It's them that takes advantage that gets advantage i' this world.
I'm not denyin' the women are foolish. God Almighty made 'em to match the men.
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.
Ignorance gives one a large range of probabilities.
Her own misery filled her heart—there was no room in it for other people's sorrow.
Will was not without his intentions to be always generous, but our tongues are little triggers which have usually been pulled before general intentions can be brought to bear.
A woman's hopes are woven of sunbeams a shadow annihilates them.
My own experience and development deepen every day my conviction that our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy.
It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are still alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them.
We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment.
A medical man likes to make psychological observations, and sometimes in the pursuit of such studies is too easily tempted into momentous prophecy which life and death easily set at nought.
Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.
Destiny stands by sarcastic with our dramatis personae folded in her hand.