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Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution.
– George Eliot
Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.
Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking.
The intense happiness of our union is derived in a high degree from the perfect freedom with which we each follow and declare our own impressions.
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.
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.
The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision.
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
Hobbies are apt to run away with us, you know; it doesn’t do to be run away with. We must keep the reins.
Excessive literary production is a social offense.
Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference as tenderness is under a love which it cannot return.
There is only one failure in life possible, and that is not to be true to the best one knows.
It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.
It is a common enough case, that of a man being suddenly captivated by a woman nearly the opposite of his ideal.
You may try but you can never imagine what it is to have a man’s form of genius in you, and to suffer the slavery of being a girl.
Different taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
There are many victories worse than a defeat.
We hand folks over to God’s mercy, and show none ourselves.
The reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another.
I like trying to get pregnant. I’m not so sure about childbirth.
A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?
Conscientious people are apt to see their duty in that which is the most painful course.
It always remains true that if we had been greater, circumstance would have been less strong against us.
And when a woman’s will is as strong as the man’s who wants to govern her, half her strength must be concealment.
The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.
Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.
In every parting there is an image of death.
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.
What makes life dreary is the want of a motive.