It has always been my practice to cast a long paragraph in a single mould, to try it by my ear, to deposit it in my memory, but to suspend the action of the pen till I had given the last polish to my work.
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- I understand by this passion the union of desire, friendship, and tenderness, which is inflamed by a single female, which prefers her to the rest of her sex, and which seeks her possession as the supreme or the sole happiness of our being.
- A heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.
- The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.
- I sighed as a lover, I obeyed as a son.
- Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved-to write a book.