It is very certain that the desire of life prolongs it.
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- When one subtracts from life infancy (which is vegetation), sleep, eating and swilling, buttoning and unbuttoning — how much remains of downright existence? The summer of a dormouse.
- The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.
- There is something to me very softening in the presence of a woman, some strange influence, even if one is not in love with them, which I cannot at all account for, having no very high opinion of the sex. But yet, I always feel in better humor with myself and every thing else, if there is a woman within ken.
- I like his holiness very much, particularly since an order, which I understand he has lately given, that no more miracles shall be performed.
- This sort of adoration of the real is but a heightening of the beau ideal.
- I have great hopes that we shall love each other all our lives as much as if we had never married at all.