Once victim, always victim — that’s the law!
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- Well: what we gain by science is, after all, sadness, as the Preacher saith. The more we know of the laws and nature of the Universe the more ghastly a business we perceive it all to be — and the non-necessity of it.
- Ethelberta breathed a sort of exclamation, not right out, but stealthily, like a parson’s damn.
- Pessimism is, in brief, playing the sure game. You cannot lose at it; you may gain. It is the only view of life in which you can never be disappointed. Having reckoned what to do in the worst possible circumstances, when better arise, as they may, life becomes child’s play.
- Dialect words are those terrible marks of the beast to the truly genteel.
- Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.
- Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.