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GIOVANNI RUFFINI
Italian novelist
(1807 - 1881)

A human heart is a skein of such imperceptibly and subtly interwoven threads that even the owner of it is often himself at a loss how to unravel it.
      - [Heart]

All papas and mammas have exactly that sort of sight which distinguishes objects at a distance clearly, while they need spectacles to see those under their very noses.
      - [Perception]

Anxiety never yet successfully bridged over any chasm.
      - [Anxiety]

Beauty is an exquisite flower, and its perfume is virtue.
      - [Beauty]

Fancy borrows much from memory, and so looks back to the past.
      - [Fancy]

Husband and wife,--so much in common, how different in type! Such a contrast, and yet such harmony, strength and weakness blended together!
      - [Wedlock]

If country life be healthful to the body, it is no less so to the mind.
      - [Country]

Just corporeal enough to attest humanity, yet sufficiently transparent to let the celestial origin shine through.
      - [Women]

More people laugh at us than with us, however it may appear at the moment.
      - [Laughter]

Offended self-love never forgives.
      - [Selfishness]

Rank and riches are chains of gold, but still chains.
      - [Rank]

Selfishness, if but reasonably tempered with wisdom, is not such an evil trait.
      - [Selfishness]

The perception of the beautiful is gradual, and not a lightning revelation; it requires not only time, but some study.
      - [Beauty]

The teacher is like the candle which lights others in consuming itself.
      - [Teaching]

Travelers describe a tree in the island of Java whose pestiferous exhalations blight every tiny blade of grass within the compass of its shade. So it is with despotism.
      - [Despotism]

Trifling favors are readily acknowledged, though cheaply esteemed; but important ones are most rarely remembered.
      - [Obligation]


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