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English novelist and poet
(1819 - 1880)
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Ingenious philosophers tell you, perhaps, that the great work of the steam-engine is to create leisure for mankind. Do not believe them; it only creates a vacuum for eager thought to rush in.
      - [Thought]

Is it any weakness, pray, to be wrought on by exquisite music? to feel its wondrous harmonies searching the subtlest windings of your soul, the delicate fibres of life where no memory can penetrate, and binding together your whole being, past and present, in one unspeakable vibration; melting you in one moment with all the tenderness, all the love, that has been scattered through the toilsome years, concentrating in one emotion of heroic courage or resignation all the hard-learned lessons of self-renouncing sympathy, blending your present joy with past sorrow, and your present sorrow with all your past joy?
      - [Music]

It always seemed to me a sort of clever stupidity only to have one sort of talent almost like a carrier-pigeon.
      - [Talent]

It belongs to every large nature, when it is not under the immediate power of some strong unquestioning emotion, to suspect itself, and doubt the truth of its own impressions, conscious of possibilities beyond its own horizon.
      - [Self-examination]

It is a fact capable of amiable interpretation that ladies are not the worst disposed towards a new acquaintance of their own sex, because she has points of inferiority.
      - [Rivalry]

It is a wonderful subduer--this need of love, this hunger of the heart.
      - [Heart]

It is difficult for woman to try to be anything good when she is not believed in.
      - [Distrust]

It is easy finding reasons why other folks should be patient.
      - [Patience]

It is easy to say how we love new friends, and what we think of them, but words can never trace out all the fibers that knit us to the old.
      - [Friends]

It is generally a feminine eye that first detects the moral deficiencies hidden under the "dear deceit" of beauty.
      - [Morality]

It is good to be unselfish and generous; but don't carry that too far. It will not do to give yourself to be melted down for the benefit of the tallow-trade; you must know where to find yourself.
      - [Generosity]

It is hard to believe long together that anything is "worth while," unless there is some eye to kindle in common with our own, some brief word uttered now and then to imply that what is infinitely precious to us is precious alike to another mind.
      - [Friendship]

It is in those acts called trivialities that the seeds of joy are forever wasted, until men and women look around with haggard faces at the devastation their own waste has made, and say the earth bears no harvest of sweetness, calling their denial knowledge.
      - [Trifles]

It is not true that love makes all things easy; it makes us choose what is difficult.
      - [Love]

It never rains roses; when we want more roses, we must plant more trees.
      - [Roses]

It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good and we must hunger after them.
      - [Aspiration]

It was in the prime
  Of the sweet spring-time,
    In the linnet's throat
      Trembled the love-note,
        And the love-stirred air
          Thrilled the blossoms there.
            Little shadows danced,
              Each a tiny elf,
                Happy in large light
                  And the thinnest self.
      - [Spring]

Joy is the best of wine.
      - [Joy]

Leisure is gone,--gone where the spinning-wheels are gone, and the pack-horses, and the slow wagons, and the peddlers, who brought bargains to the door on sunny afternoons.
      - [Leisure]

Life is like a game of whist. I don't enjoy the game much; but I like to play my cards well, and see what will be the end of it.
      - [Life]

Life is very difficult. It seems right to me sometimes that we should follow our strongest feelings; but then such feelings continually come across the ties that all our former life has made for us,--the ties that have made others dependent on us,--and would cut them in two.
      - [Temptation]

Lord! Thou art with Thy people still; they see Thee in the night-watches, and their hearts burn within them as Thou talkest with them by the way. And Thou art near to those that have not known Thee; open their eyes that they may see Thee--see Thee weeping over them, and saying, "Ye will not come unto me that ye might have life"--see Thee hanging on the cross and saying, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do"--see Thee as Thou wilt come again in Thy glory to judge them at the last. Amen.
      - [Prayer]

Love has a way of cheating itself consciously, like a child who plays at solitary hide-and-seek; it is pleased with assurances that it all the while disbelieves.
      - [Caprice]

Love is frightened at the intervals of insensibility and callousness that encroach by little and little on the domain of grief, and it makes efforts to recall the keenness of the first anguish.
      - [Timidity]

Love supreme defies all sophistry.
      - [Love]

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