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  • There is nothing serious in mortality! Solomon in all his glory was Solomon with the elements of the contemptible lurking in every fold of his robes and in every corner of his palace.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • I sadly want a reform in the construction of children. Nature's only idea seems to be to make them machines for the production of incessant noise.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • Where is the woman who has ever really torn from her heart the image that has been once fixed in it by a true love? Books tell us that such unearthly creatures have existed - but what does our own experiences say in answer to books?
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • Is there any wilderness of sand in the deserts of Arabia, is there any prospect of desolation among the ruins of Palestine, which can rival the repelling effect on the eye, and the depressing influence on the mind, of an English country town in the first stage of its existence, and in the transition state of its prosperity?
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • Let the music speak to us of tonight, in a happier language than our own.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")


  • Marian and I avoided all further reference to that other subject, which by her consent and mine, was not to be mentioned between us yet. It was not the less present in our minds--it was rather kept alive in them by the restraint which we had imposed on ourselves
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • My hour for tea is half-past five, and my buttered toast waits for nobody.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • No sensible man ever engages, unprepared, in a fencing match of words with a woman.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • Some of us rush through life, and some of us saunter through life. Mrs. Vesey SAT through life.
    (Wilkie Collins)

  • Your tears come easy, when you're young, and beginning the world. Your tears come easy, when you're old, and leaving it.
    (Wilkie Collins)

  • The evening advanced. The shadows lengthened. The waters of the lake grew pitchy black. The gliding of the ghostly swans became rare and more rare.
    (Wilkie Collins)

  • The future of English fiction may rest with this Unknown Public -- a reading public of three millions which lies right out of the pale of true literary civilization -- which is now waiting to be taught the difference between a good book and a bad.
    (Wilkie Collins)

  • It is the nature of truth to struggle to the light.
    (Wilkie Collins)

  • The horrid mystery hanging over us in this house gets into my head like liquor, and makes me wild.
    (Wilkie Collins)

  • The law will argue any thing, with any body who will pay the law for the use of its brains and its time.
    (Wilkie Collins)


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