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There are glances of hatred that stab, and raise no cry of murder.
[Hatred]
 

There are many victories worse than a defeat.
 

There are moments when our passions speak and decide for us, and we seem to stand by and wonder. They carry in them an inspiration of crime, that in one instant does the work of long premeditation.
[Passion]
 

There are some cases in which the sense of injury breeds not the will to inflict injuries and climb over them as a ladder, but a hatred of all injury.
 

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]
 

There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.
 

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.
 

There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and have recovered hope.
 

There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief that does not find relief in music.
[Applause]
 

There is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public life.
 

There is no sorrow I have thought more about than that - to love what is great, and try to reach it, and yet to fail.
[Aspiration]
 

There is no sort of wrong deed of which a man can bear the punishment alone; you can't isolate yourself and say that the evil that is in you shall not spread. Men's lives are as thoroughly blended with each other as the air they breathe; evil spreads as necessarily as disease.
[Wrong]
 

There is nothing will kill a man so soon as having nobody to find fault with but himself.
 

There is only one failure in life possible, and that is not to be true to the best one knows.
 

There's folks 'ud stand on their heads and then say the fault was i' their boots.
 

This is the bitterest of all, to wear the yoke of our own wrong-doing.
[Remorse]
 

Those who trust us educate us.
 

Time, like money, is measured by our needs.
[One Day]
 

Tis God gives skill, but not without men's hands: he could not make Antonio Stradivarius violins without Antonio.
[Action]
 

Tis what I love determines how I love.
[Happiness]
 


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