The memory has as many moods as the temper, and shifts its scenery like a diorama.
("Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life")
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She was always trying to be what her husband wished, and never able to repose on his delight in what she was.
No man is matriculated to the art of life till he has been well tempted.
A woman's heart must be of such a size and no larger, else it must be pressed small, like Chinese feet; her happiness is to be made as cakes are, by a fixed recipe.
Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.
There is no private life which is not determined by a wider public life.
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