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It is a characteristic of pleasure that we can never recognize it to be pleasure till after it is gone.
It is not of so much consequence what you say, as how you say it.
It was his nature to blossom into song, as it is a tree's to leaf itself in April.
Men praise poverty, as the African worships Mumbo Jumbo--from terror of the malign power, and a desire to propitiate at.
Most brilliant star upon the crest of Time
Is England. England!
Pleasure has no logic; it never treads in its own footsteps.
Pride's chickens have bonny feathers, but they are an expensive brood to rear. They eat up everything, and are always lean when brought to market.
Speak no harsh, words of earth; she is our mother, and few of us her sons who have not added a wrinkle to her brow.
Style, after all, rather than thought, is the immortal thing in literature.
The garrulous sea is talking to the shore; let us go down and hear the graybeard's speech.
The great man is the man who does a thing for the first time.
The greatness of an artist or a writer does not depend on what he has in common with other artists and writers, but on what he has peculiar to himself.
The man who in this world can keep the whiteness of his soul is not likely to lose it in any other.
The only thing a man knows is himself.
The peasant thanked her with their tears,
When food and clothes were given;
"This is a joy," the lady said,
"Saints cannot taste in heaven."
The pleased sea on a white-breasted shore--
A shore that wears on her alluring brows
Rare shells, far brought, the love-gifts of the sea,
That blushed a tell-tale.
The truly great rest in the knowledge of their own deserts, nor seek the conformation of the world.
There is no ghost so difficult to lay as the ghost of an injury.
Thoughts must come naturally, like wild-flowers; they cannot be forced in a hot-bed, even although aided by the leaf-mould of your past.
To bring the best human qualities to anything like perfection, to fill them with the sweet juices of courtesy and charity, prosperity, or, at all events, a moderate amount of it, is required,--just as sunshine is needed for the ripening of peaches and apricots.
To have to die is a distinction of which no man is proud.
To sit for one's portrait is like being present at one's own creation.
To-day is always different from yesterday.
Trees are your best antiques.
Trifles make up the happiness or the misery of mortal life.
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