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In spite of his practical ability, some of his experience had petrified into maxims and quotations.
 

In the man whose childhood has known caresses and kindness, there is always a fibre of memory that can be touched to gentle issues.
[Children]
 

In the multitude of middle-aged men who go about their vocations in a daily course determined for them much in the same way as they tie their cravats, there is always a good number who once meant to shape their own deeds and alter the world a little.
[Goals]
 

In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause.
 

Is it not rather what we expect in men, that they should have numerous strands of experience lying side by side and never compare them with each other?
 

It always remains true that if we had been greater, circumstance would have been less strong against us.
 

It always seemed to me a sort of clever stupidity only to have one sort of talent - like a carrier-pigeon.
[Talent]
 

It belongs to every large nature, when it is not under the immediate power of some strong unquestioning emotion, to suspect itself, and doubt the truth of its own impressions, conscious of possibilities beyond its own horizon.
 

It is a common enough case, that of a man being suddenly captivated by a woman nearly the opposite of his ideal.
 

It is easy to say how we love new friends, and what we think of them, but words can never trace out all the fibers that knit us to the old.
 

It is in those acts which we call trivialities that the seeds of joy are forever wasted.
[Trifles]
 

It is of such stuff that superstitions are commonly made; an intense feeling about ourselves which makes the evening star shine at us with a threat, and the blessing of a beggar encourage us. And superstitions carry consequences which often verify their hope or their foreboding.
[Superstition]
 

It is only a poor sort of happiness that could ever come by caring very much about our own narrow pleasures. We can only have the highest happiness, such as goes along with true greatness, by having wide thoughts and much feeling for the rest of the world as well as ourselves; and this sort of happiness often brings so much pain with it, that we can only tell it from pain by its being what we would choose before everything else, because our souls see it is good.
[Happiness]
 

It is vain thought to flee from the work that God appoints us, for the sake of finding a greater blessing, instead of seeking it where alone it is to be found - in loving obedience.
[Obedience]
 

It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will have it if they cannot find it.
 

It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.
[Aspiration]
 

It were better to have no opinion of God at all than such an opinion as is unworthy of him, for the one is unbelief, and the other is contumely. - Superstition is the reproach of the deity.
[Superstition]
 

It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.
 

It's but little good you'll go a-water-ing the last year's crop.
[The Past]
 

It's easy finding reasons why other folks should be patient.
[Patience]
 


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