The fact is unalterable, that a fellow-mortal with whose nature you are acquainted solely through the brief entrances and exits of a few imaginative weeks called courtship, may, when seen in the continuity of married companionship, be disclosed as something better or worse than what you have preconceived, but will certainly not appear altogether the same.
("Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life")
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Conscientious people are apt to see their duty in that which is the most painful course.
Rome - the city of visible history, where the past of a whole hemisphere seems moving in funeral procession with strange ancestral images and trophies gathered from afar.
. . . his soul was sensitive without being enthusiastic it was too languid to thrill out of self-consciousness into passionate delight it went on fluttering in the swampy ground where it was hatched, thinking of its wings and never flying.
Self-confidence is apt to address itself to an imaginary dullness in others as people who are well off speak in a cajoling tone to the poor.
The difficult task of knowing another soul is not for young gentlemen whose consciousness is chiefly made up of their own wishes.
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