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" Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity. "
" Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face. "
" 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. "
" Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. "
" 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. "
" No compliment can be eloquent, except as an expression of indifference. "
" 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. "
" Consequences are unpitying. "
" The strongest principle of growth lies in the human choice. "
" Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult. "
" We must find our duties in what comes to us, not in what might have been. "
" 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? "
" The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to the purpose they see as best. "
" What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other? "
" No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from. "
" People who can't be witty exert themselves to be devout and affectionate. "
" The reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another. "
" No story is the same to us after a lapse of time; or rather we who read it are no longer the same interpreters. "
" Excessive literary production is a social offense. "
" The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men. "
" Breed is stronger than pasture. "
" I'm not denyin' the women are foolish. God Almighty made 'em to match the men. "
" Might, could, would - they are contemptible auxiliaries. "
" 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. "
" You may try but you can never imagine what it is to have a man's form of genius in you, and to suffer the slavery of being a girl. "
" You should read history and look at ostracism, persecution, martyrdom, and that kind of thing. They always happen to the best men, you know. "
" Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. "
" The beginning of compunction is the beginning of a new life. "
" I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best. "
" Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline. "
" But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope. "