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Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love.
[Anger]
 

Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
[Animals]
 

Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning.
[Courage]
 

As to people saying a few idle words about us, we must not mind that any more than the old church steeple minds the rooks cawing about it.
[Gossip]
 

Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.
 

Best friend, my well-spring in the wilderness!
[Friendship]
 

Better a false belief than no belief at all.
 

Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.
[Influence]
 

Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.
[Blessed]
 

Breed is stronger than pasture.
[Ancestry]
 

But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.
 

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.
 

But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
 

By desiring what is perfectly good, even when we do not quite know what it is, and cannot do what we would, we are part of the divine power against evil, widening the skirts of light and making the struggle with darkness narrower.
[Goodness]
 

Can any man or woman choose duties? No more than they can choose their birthplace, or their father and mother.
[Duty]
 

Childhood has no forebodings; but then it is soothed by no memories of outlived sorrow.
[Children]
 

Coarse kindness is, at least, better than coarse anger; and in all private quarrels the duller nature is triumphant by reason of its dullness.
[Quarrels]
 

Conscientious people are apt to see their duty in that which is the most painful course.
 

Consequences are unpitying.
 

Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.
[Cruelty]
 


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