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WILKIE (WILLIAM) COLLINS
English novelist
(1824 - 1889)
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How often we feel anal know, either pleasurably or painfully, that another is looking on us, before we have ascertained the fact with our own eyes! How often we prophesy truly to ourselves the approach of friend or enemy just before either has really appeared! How strangely and abruptly we become convinced, at a first introduction, that we shall secretly love this person and loathe that, before experience, has guided us with a single fact in relation to their characters!
      - [Instinct]

Husbands and wives talk of the cares of matrimony, and bachelors and spinsters bear them.
      - [Matrimony]

Pedants, who have the least knowledge to be proud of, are impelled most by vanity.
      - [Pedantry]

We neither know nor judge ourselves; others may judge, but cannot know us. God alone judges and knows us.
      - [Judgment]

Well may your heart believe the truths I tell;
  'Tis virtue makes the bliss, where'er we dwell.
      - Eclogue I (l. 5, Selim) [Virtue]

Peace rules the day, where reason rules the mind.
      - Eclogue II--Hassan (l. 68) [Peace]

I address these lines--written in India--to my relatives in England. My object is to explain the motive which has induced me to refuse the right hand of friendship to my cousin, John Herncastle.
      - The Moonstone [Books (First Lines)]

This is the story of what a Woman's patience can endure, and what a Man's resolution can achieve.
      - The Woman in White [Books (First Lines)]


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