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He who rules must humor full as much as he commands.

Hobbies are apt to run away with us, you know; it doesn't do to be run away with. We must keep the reins.

Hostesses who entertain much must make up their parties as ministers make up their cabinets, on grounds other than personal liking.

How very beautiful these gems are! It is strange how deeply colors seem to penetrate one like scent. - I suppose that is the reason why gems are used as spiritual emblems in Revelations. - They look like fragments of heaven.

How will you find good? It is not a thing of choice; it is a river that flows from the foot of the invisible throne, and flows by the path of obedience.

I could not live in peace if I put the shadow of a wilful sin between myself and God.

I desire no future that will break the ties with the past.

I have a knack of hoping, which is as good as an estate in reversion, if one can keep from the temptation of turning it into certainty, which may spoil all.

I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence.

I like not only to be loved, but to be told I am loved.

I like trying to get pregnant. I'm not so sure about childbirth.

I should like to know what is the proper function of women, if it is not to make reasons for husbands to stay at home, and still stronger reasons for bachelors to go out.

I'm not denyin' the women are foolish. God Almighty made 'em to match the men.

I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure in cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.

I've never any pity for conceited people, because I think they carry their comfort about with them.

If we had a keen vision of all that is ordinary in human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which is the other side of silence.

Ignorance is not so damnable as humbug, but when it prescribes pills it may happen to do more harm.

Ignorant kindness may have the effect of cruelty; but to be angry with it as if it were direct cruelty would be an ignorant unkindness.

In all private quarrels the duller nature is triumphant by reason of dullness.

In every parting there is an image of death.

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