My attachment has neither the blindness of the beginning, nor the microscopic accuracy of the close of such liaisons.
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- The beginning of atonement is the sense of its necessity.
- Nothing so fretful, so despicable as a Scribbler, see what I am, and what a parcel of Scoundrels I have brought about my ears, and what language I have been obliged to treat them with to deal with them in their own way; — all this comes of Authorship.
- Truth is always strange, stranger than fiction.
- But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew, upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.
- In general I do not draw well with literary men — not that I dislike them but I never know what to say to them after I have praised their last publication.
- If we must have a tyrant, let him at least be a gentleman who has been bred to the business, and let us fall by the axe and not by the butcher’s cleaver.