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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.


George Eliot, Adam Bede
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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.


         

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


         

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


         

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


         

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


         


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Brenda, do you know God loves you? He really does. To Him, you're perfect, absolutely perfect. You always have been.


         

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He informed Byrdie that his social engineering ambitions betrayed all the delusions of grandeur that you might expect from the son of a poet.


         

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