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"A toddling little girl is a centre of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other." Make picture quote!
"And when a woman's will is as strong as the man's who wants to govern her, half her strength must be concealment." Make picture quote!
"An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry." Make picture quote!
"An ass may bray a good while before he shakes the stars down." Make picture quote!
"All the learnin' my father paid for was a bit o' birch at one end and an alphabet at the other." Make picture quote!
"All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation." Make picture quote!
"Adventure is not outside man; it is within." Make picture quote!
"Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love." Make picture quote!
"A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections." Make picture quote!
"Play not with paradoxes. That caustic which you handle in order to scorch others may happen to sear your own fingers and make them dead to the quality of things." Make picture quote!
"Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life." Make picture quote!
"That's what a man wants in a wife, mostly; he wants to make sure one fool tells him he's wise." Make picture quote!
"No story is the same to us after a lapse of time; or rather we who read it are no longer the same interpreters." Make picture quote!
"The sons of Judah have to choose that God may again choose them. The divine principle of our race is action, choice, resolved memory." Make picture quote!
"The reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another." Make picture quote!
"The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision." Make picture quote!
"The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to the purpose they see as best." Make picture quote!
"The intense happiness of our union is derived in a high degree from the perfect freedom with which we each follow and declare our own impressions." Make picture quote!
"People who can't be witty exert themselves to be devout and affectionate." Make picture quote!
"The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history." Make picture quote!
"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms." Make picture quote!
"The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words." Make picture quote!
"The best augury of a man's success in his profession is that he thinks it the finest in the world." Make picture quote!
"The world is full of hopeful analogies and handsome, dubious eggs, called possibilities." Make picture quote!
"The beginning of an acquaintance whether with persons or things is to get a definite outline of our ignorance." Make picture quote!
"The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down." Make picture quote!
"Science is properly more scrupulous than dogma. Dogma gives a charter to mistake, but the very breath of science is a contest with mistake, and must keep the conscience alive." Make picture quote!
"Rome - the city of visible history, where the past of a whole hemisphere seems moving in funeral procession with strange ancestral images and trophies gathered from afar." Make picture quote!
"Quarrel? Nonsense; we have not quarreled. If one is not to get into a rage sometimes, what is the good of being friends?" Make picture quote!
"Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking." Make picture quote!
"Our words have wings, but fly not where we would." Make picture quote!
"Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are." Make picture quote!
"Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds." Make picture quote!
"Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them." Make picture quote!
"Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution." Make picture quote!
"Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love." Make picture quote!
"One must be poor to know the luxury of giving!" Make picture quote!
"Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand." Make picture quote!
"The beginning of compunction is the beginning of a new life." Make picture quote!
"We must find our duties in what comes to us, not in what might have been." Make picture quote!
"You should read history and look at ostracism, persecution, martyrdom, and that kind of thing. They always happen to the best men, you know." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"Worldly faces never look so worldly as at a funeral. They have the same effect of grating incongruity as the sound of a coarse voice breaking the solemn silence of night." Make picture quote!
"Will not a tiny speck very close to our vision blot out the glory of the world, and leave only a margin by which we see the blot? I know no speck so troublesome as self." Make picture quote!
"Whether happiness may come or not, one should try and prepare one's self to do without it." Make picture quote!
"When we get to wishing a great deal for ourselves, whatever we get soon turns into mere limitation and exclusion." Make picture quote!
"When death, the great reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity." Make picture quote!
"When death comes it is never our tenderness that we repent from, but our severity." Make picture quote!
"What makes life dreary is the want of a motive." Make picture quote!
"What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?" Make picture quote!
"What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined - to strengthen each other - to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories." Make picture quote!
"What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?" Make picture quote!
"The strongest principle of growth lies in the human choice." Make picture quote!
"We must not sit still and look for miracles; up and doing, and the Lord will be with thee. Prayer and pains, through faith in Christ Jesus, will do anything." Make picture quote!
"The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone." Make picture quote!
"We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment." Make picture quote!
"We hand folks over to God's mercy, and show none ourselves." Make picture quote!
"Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference as tenderness is under a love which it cannot return." Make picture quote!
"Truth has rough flavours if we bite it through." Make picture quote!
"To have in general but little feeling, seems to be the only security against feeling too much on any particular occasion." Make picture quote!
"There is only one failure in life possible, and that is not to be true to the best one knows." Make picture quote!
"There is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public life." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"There are many victories worse than a defeat." Make picture quote!
"Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles." Make picture quote!
"Different taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections." Make picture quote!
"I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence." Make picture quote!
"I desire no future that will break the ties with the past." Make picture quote!
"Hostesses who entertain much must make up their parties as ministers make up their cabinets, on grounds other than personal liking." Make picture quote!
"Hobbies are apt to run away with us, you know; it doesn't do to be run away with. We must keep the reins." Make picture quote!
"He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow." Make picture quote!
"Harold, like the rest of us, had many impressions which saved him the trouble of distinct ideas." Make picture quote!
"Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together." Make picture quote!
"Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult." Make picture quote!
"Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure." Make picture quote!
"No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty." Make picture quote!
"I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved." Make picture quote!
"The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men." Make picture quote!
"Excessive literary production is a social offense." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity." Make picture quote!
"Consequences are unpitying." Make picture quote!
"Conscientious people are apt to see their duty in that which is the most painful course." Make picture quote!
"But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy." Make picture quote!
"Breed is stronger than pasture." Make picture quote!
"Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact." Make picture quote!
"Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another." Make picture quote!
"Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them." Make picture quote!
"Excellence encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world." Make picture quote!
"Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face." Make picture quote!
"It is a common enough case, that of a man being suddenly captivated by a woman nearly the opposite of his ideal." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees." Make picture quote!
"Iteration, like friction, is likely to generate heat instead of progress." Make picture quote!
"It always remains true that if we had been greater, circumstance would have been less strong against us." Make picture quote!
"Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down." Make picture quote!
"Little children are still the symbol of the eternal marriage between love and duty." Make picture quote!
"Marriage must be a relation either of sympathy or of conquest." Make picture quote!
"Might, could, would - they are contemptible auxiliaries." Make picture quote!
"More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us." Make picture quote!
"I like trying to get pregnant. I'm not so sure about childbirth." Make picture quote!
"No compliment can be eloquent, except as an expression of indifference." Make picture quote!
"Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives, or else to be a monster." Make picture quote!
"Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from." Make picture quote!
"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?" Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"I'm not denyin' the women are foolish. God Almighty made 'em to match the men." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"In all private quarrels the duller nature is triumphant by reason of dullness." Make picture quote!
"In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause." Make picture quote!
"In spite of his practical ability, some of his experience had petrified into maxims and quotations." Make picture quote!
"In every parting there is an image of death." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"Be unselfish. That is the first and final commandment for those who would be useful and happy in their usefulness. If you think of yourself only you cannot develop because you are choking the source of development, which is spiritual expansion through thought for others." Make picture quote!
"It seems to me that we can never give up longing and wishing while we are alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them always. " Make picture quote!

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