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Death is the king of this world: 'Tis his park where he breeds life to feed him. Cries of pain are music for his banquet.
 

Decide on what you think is right, and stick to it.
[Decisions]
 

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
 

Different taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
 

Don't let us rejoice in punishment, even when the hand of God alone inflicts it. The best of us are but poor wretches just saved from shipwreck. Can we feel anything but awe and pity when we see a fellow passenger swallowed by the waves?
[Punishment]
 

Don't seem to be on the lookout for crows, else you'll set other people watching.
[Suspicion]
 

Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives, or else to be a monster.
 

Excellence encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world.
[Perfection]
 

Excessive literary production is a social offense.
 

Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.
 

Falsehood is so easy, truth so difficult! Examine your words well and you will find that even when you have no motive to be false it is very hard to say the exact truth, even about your own immediate feelings - much harder than to say something fine about them which is not the exact truth.
[Falsehood]
 

For what is love itself, for the one we love best? An enfolding of immeasurable cares which yet are better than any joys outside our love.
 

Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline.
 

Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of those who diffuse it; it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker.
[Helping Other People]
 

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
 

Habit is the beneficent harness of routine which enables silly men to live respectably, and unhappy men to live calmly.
[Habit]
 

Half the sorrows of women would be averted if they could repress the speech they know to be useless - nay, the speech they have resolved not to utter.
[Speech]
 

Harold, like the rest of us, had many impressions which saved him the trouble of distinct ideas.
 

Hatred is like fire-it makes even light rubbish deadly.
[Forgiveness]
 

He was like the cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.
[Self Love]
 


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