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.
- If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad. As to that regular, uninterrupted love of writing. I do not understand it. I feel it as a torture, which I must get rid of, but never as a pleasure. On the contrary, I think composition a great pain.
- 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.
- To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all.
- 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.
- What should I have known or written had I been a quiet, mercantile politician or a lord in waiting? A man must travel, and turmoil, or there is no existence.