How can one ever do anything nobly Christian, living among people with such petty thoughts?
It is always fatal to have music or poetry interrupted.
People talk about evidence as if it could really be weighed in scales by a blind Justice.
There are episodes in most men's lives in which their highest qualities can only cast a deterring shadow over the objects that fill their inward version.
Will was not without his intentions to be always generous, but our tongues are little triggers which have usually been pulled before general intentions can be brought to bear.
A man's mind must be continually expanding and shrinking between the whole human horizon and the horizon of an object-glass.
Does any one suppose that private prayer is necessarily candid-necessarily goes to the roots of action? Private prayer is inaudible speech, and speech is representative: who can represent himself just as he is, even in his own reflections?
I am not magnanimous enough to like people who speak to me without seeming to see me.
It is curious what patches of hardness and tenderness lie side by side in men's dispositions. I suppose he has some test by which he finds out whom Heaven cares for.
Power of generalizing gives men so much the superiority in mistake over the dumb animals.
There is no general doctrine which is not capable of eating out our morality if unchecked by the deep-seated habit of direct fellow-feeling with individual fellow-men.
A map was a fine thing to study when you were disposed to think of something else, being made up of names that would turn into a chime if you went back upon them.
Dorothea, he said to himself, was for ever enthroned in his soul: no other woman could sit higher than her footstool...
I beg your pardon: correct English is the slang of prigs who write history and essays. And the strongest slang of all is the slang of poets.
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.
Pride helps us; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our own hurts-not to hurt others.
There may be coarse hypocrites, who consciously affect beliefs and emotions for the sake of gulling the world, but Bulstrode was not one of them. He was simply a man whose desires had been stronger than his theoretic beliefs, and who had gradually explained the gratification of his desires into satisfactory agreement with those beliefs. If this be hypocrisy, it is a process which shows itself occasionally in us all....
A medical man likes to make psychological observations, and sometimes in the pursuit of such studies is too easily tempted into momentous prophecy which life and death easily set at nought.
I can't bear fishing. I think people look like fools sitting watching a line hour after hour--or else throwing and throwing, and catching nothing.
It's an uncommonly dangerous thing to be left without any padding against the shafts of disease.
Pride only helps us to be generous; it never makes us so, any more than vanity makes us witty.
To be a poet is to have a soul so quick to discern, that no shade of quality escapes it, and so quick to feel, that discernment is but a hand playing with finely-ordered variety on the chords of emotion--a soul in which knowledge passes instantaneously into feeling, and feeling flashes back as a new organ of knowledge.
A prig is a fellow who is always making you a present of his opinions.
Eros has degenerated; he began by introducing order and harmony, and now he brings back chaos.
I had some ambition. I meant everything to be different with me. I thought I had more strength and mastery. But the most terrible obstacles are such as nobody can see except oneself.
It's rather a strong check to one's self-complacency to find how much of one's right doing depends on not being in want of money.
Self-consciousness of the manner is the expensive substitute for simplicity.
To know intense joy without a strong bodily frame, one must have an enthusiastic soul.
After all, people may really have in them some vocation which is not quite plain to themselves, may they not? They may seem idle and weak because they are growing. We should be very patient with each other, I think.
It's a father's duty to give his sons a fine chance.
She was no longer struggling against the perception of facts, but adjusting herself to their clearest perception.
True, he had dreamy visions of possibilities: there is no human being who having both passions and thoughts does not think in consequence of his passions - does not find images rising in his mind which soothe the passion with hope or sting it with dread.
Everybody liked better to conjecture how the thing was, than simply to know it; for conjecture soon became more confident than knowledge, and had a more liberal allowance for the incompatible.
It's well known there's always two sides, if no more.
Somebody put a drop under a magnifying-glass and it was all semicolons and parentheses.
Upon my word, I think the truth is the hardest missile one can be pelted with.
And, of course men know best about everything, except what women know better.
Everything is all one - that is the beginning and end with you.
I should never like scolding any one else so well; and that is a point to be thought of in a husband.
Marriage is so unlike everything else. There is something even awful in the nearness it brings. Even if we loved someone else better than - than those we were married to, it would be no use. I mean, marriage drinks up all our power of giving or getting any blessedness in that sort of love. I know it may be very dear, but it murders our marriage, and then the marriage stays with us like a murder, and everything else is gone.
The difficult task of knowing another soul is not for young gentlemen whose consciousness is chiefly made up of their own wishes.
We all remember epochs in our experience when some dear expectation dies, or some new motive is born.
Blameless people are always the most exasperating.
Fear was stronger than the calculation of probabilities.
I've always felt that your belongings have never been on a level with you.
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