It is very difficult to be learned; it seems as if people were worn out on the way to great thoughts, and can never enjoy them because they are too tired.
("Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life")
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He who rules must humor full as much as he commands.
Upon my word, I think the truth is the hardest missile one can be pelted with.
There is something strangely winning to most women in that offer of the firm arm the help is not wanted physically at that moment, but the sense of help, the presence of strength that is outside them and yet theirs, meets a continual want of the imagination.
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