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. . . 'tis misfortune that awakens ingenuity, or fortitude, or endurance, in hearts where these qualities had never come to life but for the circumstance which gave them a being.


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Nature has written a letter of credit upon some men's faces that is honored wherever presented. You cannot help trusting such men. Their very presence gives confidence. There is 'promise to pay' in their faces which gives confidence and you prefer it to another man's endorsement. Character is credit.
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Next to excellence is the appreciation of it.
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The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.
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And this I set down as a positive truth. A woman with fair opportunities, and without an absolute hump may marry whom she likes.
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Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.
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A clever, ugly man every now and then is successful with the ladies, but a handsome fool is irresistible.
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