Every human institution (justice included) will stretch a little, if you only pull it the right way.
I am not against hasty marriages where a mutual flame is fanned by an adequate income.
Sir John had his share150perhaps rather a large share150of the more harmless and amiable of the weaknesses incidental to humanity. Among these, I may mention as applicable to the matter in hand, an invincible reluctance150so long as he enjoyed his usual good health150to face the responsibility of making his will.
Over and over again in my past experience among my perishing fellow-creatures, the members of the notoriously infidel profession of Medicine had stepped between me and my mission of mercyon the miserable pretence that the patient wanted quiet, and that the disturbing influence of all others which they most dreaded, was the influence of Miss Clack and her Books.
The best men are not consistent in good--why should the worst men be consistent in evil
We had our breakfasts-whatever happens in a house, robbery or murder, it doesn't matter, you must have your breakfast.
This is the story of what a Woman's patience can endure, and what a Man's resolution can achieve.
I am (thank God) constitutionally superior to reason.
It may not be amiss to add, for the benefit of incredulous readers, that all the 'improbable events' in the story are matters of fact, taken from the printed narrative.
The woman who first gives life, light, and form to our shadowy conceptions of beauty, fills a void in our spiritual nature that has remained unknown to us till she appeared.
If he was right, here was our quiet English house suddenly invaded by a devilish Indian Diamondbringing after it a conspiracy of living rogues, set loose on us by the vengeance of a dead man.
It is one of my rules in life, never to notice what I don't understand.
Women can resist a man's love, a man's fame, a man's personal appearance, and a man's money, but they cannot resist a man's tongue when he knows how to talk to them.
I am an average good Christian, when you don't push my Christianity too far. And all the rest of you150which is a great comfort150are, in this respect, much the same as I am.
But the Law is still, in certain inevitable cases, the pre-engaged servant of the long purse.
Well may your heart believe the truths I tell; 'Tis virtue makes the bliss, where'er we dwell.
Peace rules the day, where reason rules the mind.
I have always maintained that the one important phenomenon presented by modern society is - the enormous prosperity of Fools.
Charles Dickens - Sidney Sheldon - Richard Bach - Naguib Mahfouz - J. R. R. Tolkien - Fyodor Dostoevsky - Emily Bronte - Anne Rice - Amy Tan - Alexander Dumas