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Her anger said, as anger is apt to say, that God was with her— that all heaven, though it were crowded with spirits watching them, must be on her side.
We all remember epochs in our experience when some dear expectation dies, or some new motive is born.
More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.
Duty has a trick of behaving unexpectedly -- something like a heavy friend whom we have amiably asked to visit us, and who breaks his leg within our gates.
Let even an affectionate Goliath get himself tied to a small tender thing, dreading to hurt it by pulling, and dreading still more to snap the cord, and which of the two, pray, will be master?
Different taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
Those bitter sorrows of childhood!-- when sorrow is all new and strange, when hope has not yet got wings to fly beyond the days and weeks, and the space from summer to summer seems measureless.
When death, the great reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity.
If art does not enlarge men's sympathies, it does nothing morally.
When death comes it is never our tenderness that we repent from, but our severity.
In every parting there is an image of death.
The only failure a man ought to fear is failure in cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.
Wear a smile and have friends wear a scowl and have wrinkles.
Men outlive their love, but they don’t outlive the consequences of their recklessness.
Self-consciousness of the manner is the expensive substitute for simplicity.
It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.
If we had lost our own chief good, other people’s good would remain, and that is worth trying for.
I would rather not be engaged. When people are engaged, they begin to think of being married soon, and I should like everything to go on for a long while just as it is.
Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.
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.
Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down.
what secular avocation on earth was there for a young man (whose friends could not get him an ‘appointment’) which was at once gentlemanly, lucrative, and to be followed without special knowledge?
Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions they pass no criticisms.
what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
Animals are such agreeable friends they ask no questions pass no criticisms.
Music sweeps by me as a messenger carrying a message that is not for me.
It's but little good you'll go a-water-ing the last year's crop.
In so complex a thing as human nature, we must consider, it is hard to find rules without exception.
I shall never forget you. I have never forgotten anyone whom I once knew. My life has never been crowded, and seems not likely to be so.
On the other hand, she was disproportionately indulgent towards the failings of men, and was often heard to say that these were natural.
What can promote innocent mirth, and I may say virtue, more than a good riddle?
One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.
It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.
She handled it (her trade) with all the grace that belongs to mastery.
I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved.
Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.
Blessed influence of one truly loving soul on another!
What a different result one gets by changing the metaphor!
Poetry and art and knowledge are sacred and pure.
But I hasten to finish my story. Brevity is justified at once to those who readily understand, and to those who will never understand.
There is nothing will kill a man so soon as having nobody to find fault with but himself.
The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.
Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.
It would be narrowness to suppose that an artist can only care for the impressions of those who know the methods of his art as well as feel its effects. Art works for all whom it can touch.
To know intense joy without a strong bodily frame, one must have an enthusiastic soul.
All the learnin' my father paid for was a bit o' birch at one end and an alphabet at the other.
A woman dictates before marriage in order that she may have an appetite for submission afterwards.
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
Truth has rough flavors if we bite it through.
In our instinctive rebellion against pain, we are children again, and demand an active will to wreak our vengeance on.