The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
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- It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
- Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.
- Night is a dead monotonous period under a roof; but in the open world it passes lightly, with its stars and dews and perfumes, and the hours are marked by changes in the face of Nature. What seems a kind of temporal death to people choked between walls and curtains, is only a light and living slumber to the man who sleeps afield.
- Once you are married, there is nothing for you, not even suicide, but to be good.
- Our business in this world is not to succeed, but to continue to fail, in good spirits.
- I have done my fiddling so long under Vesuvius that I have almost forgotten to play, and can only wait for the eruption and think it long of coming. Literally no man has more wholly outlived life than I. And still it’s good fun.