Nothing fails like success; nothing is so defeated as yesterday's triumphant Cause.
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Sin has always been an ugly word, but it has been made so in a new sense over the last half-century. It has been made not only ugly but pass. People are no longer sinful, they are only immature or underprivileged or frightened or, more particularly, sick.
Gardening has compensations out of all proportions to its goals. It is creation in the pure sense.
The Enemy, who wears her mother's usual face and confidential tone, has access doubtless stares into her writing case and listens on the phone.
Women are the fulfilled sex. Through our children we are able to produce our own immortality, so we lack that divine restlessness which sends men charging off in pursuit of fortune or fame or an imagined Utopia. That is why we number so few geniuses among us. The wholesome oyster wears no pearl, the healthy whale no ambergris, and as long as we can keep on adding to the race, we harbor a sort of health within ourselves.
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