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“It's not what people do to you, but what they mean, that hurts.”
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“The bully and the victim never quite forget their first relations.”
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“Don't believe those lies about intellectual people. They're only written to soothe the majority.”
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“He had shown her all the workings of his soul, mistaking this for love.”
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“Talk away. If you bore us, we have books."
With this invitation Rickie began to relate his history. The reader who has no book will be obliged to listen to it.”
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“Oh, poor, poor fellow!' said Mrs. Elliot with a remorse that was sincere, though her congratulations would not have been.”
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“Don’t you think there are two great
things in life that we ought to aim at—truth and kindness? Let’s
have both if we can, but let’s be sure of having one or the other.”
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“Boys are marvellous creatures. Perhaps they will sink below the brutes; perhaps they will attain to a woman’s tenderness.”
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tags: boys
“Yet complicated people were getting wet - not only the shepherds. For instance, the piano-tuner was sopping. So was the vicar's wife. So were the lieutenant and the peevish damsels in his Battlesden car. Gallantry, charity, and art pursued their various missions, perspiring and muddy, while out on the slopes beyond them stood the eternal man and the eternal dog, guarding eternal sheep until the world is vegetarian.”
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“There stood a young man who had the figure of a Greek athlete and the face of an English one...Just where he began to be beautiful the clothes started.”
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tags: beauty
“Athletes, he believed, were simple, straightforward people, cruel and brutal if you like, but never petty. They knocked you down and hurt you, and then went on their way rejoicing.”
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“But a lover is dogmatic. To him the world shall be beautiful and pure. When it is not, he ignores it.”
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“When real things are so wonderful, what is the point of pretending?”
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“He never retorted that the artist is not a bricklayer at all, but a horseman whose business it is to catch Pegasus at once, not to practise for him by mounting tamer colts. This is hard, hot and generally ungraceful work, but it is not drudgery. For drudgery is not art, and cannot lead to it.”
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“The sense of purity is a puzzling, and at times a fearful thing. It seems so noble, and it starts at one with morality. But it is a dangerous guide, and can lead us away not only from what is gracious, but also from what is good.”
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“And as her love revived, so did her capacity for suffering. Life, more important, grew more bitter.”
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“He was thinking of the irony of friendship—so strong it is, and so fragile. We fly together, like straws in an eddy, to part in the open stream.”
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“Something had changed. He had journeyed—as on rare occasions a man must—till he stood behind right and wrong. On the banks of the grey torrent of life, love is the only flower.”
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tags: life, love