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English novelist and poet
(1819 - 1880)
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People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest neighbors.
      - [Bravery]

Speech is often barren; but silence also does not necessarily brood over a full nest. Your still fowl, blinking at you without remark, may all the while be sitting on one addled nest-egg; and when it takes to cackling, will have nothing to announce but that addled delusion.
      - [Silence]

Steady work turns genius to a loom.
      - [Genius]

Sympathetic people are often uncommunicative about themselves; they give back reflected images which hide their own depths.
      - [Sympathy]

That beneficent harness of routine, which enables silly men to live respectably and happy men to live calmly.
      - [Habit]

That farewell kiss which resembles greeting, that last glance of love which becomes the sharpest pang of sorrow.
      - [Kisses]

That golden sky, which was the doubly blessed symbol of advancing day and of approaching rest.
      - [Sky]

The beauty of a lovely woman is like music.
      - [Women]

The best happiness will be to escape the worst misery.
      - [Happiness]

The best part of a woman's love is worship; but it is hard to her to be sent away with her precious spikenard rejected, and her long tresses, too, that were let fall, ready to soothe the wearied feet.
      - [Devotion]

The commonest man, who has his ounce of sense and feeling, is conscious of the difference between a lovely, delicate woman and a coarse one. Even a dog feels a difference in her presence.
      - [Delicacy]

The days of chivalry are not gone, notwithstanding Burke's grand dirge over them; they live still in that far-off worship paid by many a youth and man to the woman of whom he never dreams that he shall touch so much as her little finger, or the hem of her robe.
      - [Devotion]

The early months of marriage often are times of critical tumult,--whether that of a shrimp pool or of deeper water,--which afterwards subside into cheerful peace.
      - [Wedlock]

The floods of nonsense printed in the form of critical opinions seem to me a chief curse of the times, a chief obstacle to true culture.
      - [Critics]

The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.
      - [Opportunity]

The happiest women, like the happiness nations, have no history.
      - [Happiness]

The human heart
  Finds nowhere shelter but in human kind.
      - [Sympathy]

The human soul is hospitable, and will entertain conflicting sentiments and contradictory opinions with much impartiality.
      - [Soul]

The idea of duty--that recognition of something to be lived for beyond the mere satisfaction of self--is to the moral life what the addition of a great central ganglion is to animal life.
      - [Duty]

The mother's love is at first an absorbing delight, blunting all other sensibilities; it is an expansion of the animal existence.
      - [Mothers]

The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision.
      - [Toleration]

The strength of the donkey mind lies in adopting a course inversely as the arguments urged, which, well considered, requires as great a mental force as the direct sequence.
      - [Perverseness]

The vainest woman is never thoroughly conscious of her beauty till she is loved by the man who sets her own passion vibrating in return.
      - [Vanity]

The world is great; the stars are golden fruit upon a tree all out of reach.
      - [Stars]

There is a chill air surrounding those who are down in the world; and people are glad to get away from them, as from a cold room.
      - [Misfortune]

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