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English novelist and dramatist
(1814 - 1884)

A beautiful face fires our imagination, and we see higher virtue and intelligence in it than we can detect in its owner's head or heart when we descend to calm inspection.
      - [Beauty]

A wife is essential to great longevity; she is the receptacle of half a man's cares, and two-thirds of his ill-humor.
      - [Wives]

And this is the course of Nature: there is nothing like suffering to enlighten the giddy brain, widen the narrow mind, improve the trivial heart.
      - [Affliction]

Art is not imitation, but illusion.
      - [Art]

Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.
      - [Beauty]

Difficulties spur us whenever they do not check us.
      - [Opposition]

Ever keep thy promise, cast what it may; this it is to be "true as steel."
      - [Fidelity]

Every lie, great or small, is the brink of a precipice, the depth of which nothing but omniscience can fathom.
      - [Falsehood]

Example is contagious behavior.
      - [Example]

Good things have to be engraved on the memory; bad ones stick there of themselves.
      - [Memory]

I have found the saying of the ancients true, that better is a bright comrade on a weary road than a horselitter.
      - [Cheerfulness]

Judicious absence is a weapon.
      - [Absence]

Life's nurse, sent from heaven to create us anew day by day.
      - [Sleep]

Necessity is the only successful adviser.
      - [Advice]

Prudence is not poverty; it is the thorny road to wealth.
      - [Prudence]

Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.
      - [Habit]

That touchstone Opportunity.
      - [Opportunity]

The absent are like children, helpless to defend themselves.
      - [Absence]

The fortunate man is he who, born poor or nobody, works gradually up to wealth and consideration, and, having got them, dies before he finds they were not worth so much trouble.
      - [Fortune]

We go and fancy that everybody is thinking of us. But he is not; he is like us--he is thinking of himself.
      - [Conceit]

When two loving hearts are torn asunder, it is a shade better to be the one that is driven away into action than the bereaved twin that petrifies at home.
      - [Separation]

In a snowy villa, with a sloping lawn, just outside the great commercial seaport, Barkington, there live a few years ago a happy family. A lady, middle-aged, but still charming, two young friends of hers, and a periodical visitor.
  The lady was Mrs. Dodd; her occasional visitor was her husband; her friends were her son Edward, aged twenty, and her daughter Julia, nineteen; the fruit of a misalliance.
      - Hard Cash [Books (First Lines)]

George Fielding cultivated a small farm in Berkshire.
      - It Is Never Too Late to Mend (ch. I)
        [Books (First Lines)]

About the middle of the last century, at eight o'clock in the evening, in a large but poor apartment, a man was slumbering on a rough couch. His rusty and worn suit of black was of a piece with his uncarpeted room, the deal table of home manufacture, and its slim unsnuffed candle.
      - Peg Woffington [Books (First Lines)]

Not a day passes over the earth, but men and women of no note do great deeds, speak great words, and suffer great sorrows. Of these obscure heroes, philosophers, and martyrs, the greater part will never be known till that hour, when many that are great shall be small, and the small great; but of others the world's knowledge may be said to sleep: their lives and characters lie hidden from nations in the annals that record them.
      - The Cloister and the Hearth
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