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.
("The Woman in White")
More Quotes from Wilkie Collins: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.
Every human institution (justice included) will stretch a little, if you only pull it the right way.
Well may your heart believe the truths I tell; 'Tis virtue makes the bliss, where'er we dwell.
There are three things that none of the young men of the present generation can do.They can't sit over their wine;they can't play at wist;and they can't pay a lady a compliment.
The fool's crime is the crime that is found out and the wise man's crime is the crime that is not found out.
I am a bundle of nerves dressed up to look like a man!
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