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In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause.
– George Eliot
That’s what a man wants in a wife, mostly; he wants to make sure one fool tells him he’s wise.
All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.
People who can’t be witty exert themselves to be devout and affectionate.
Consequences are unpitying.
The beginning of an acquaintance whether with persons or things is to get a definite outline of our ignorance.
Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.
Little children are still the symbol of the eternal marriage between love and duty.
There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire; it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism.
We must find our duties in what comes to us, not in what might have been.
But that intimacy of mutual embarrassment, in which each feels that the other is feeling something, having once existed, its effect is not to be done away with.
No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty.
I’m not denyin’ the women are foolish. God Almighty made ’em to match the men.
Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.