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I've had it with you and your emotional constipation!
The easiest thing to do, whenever you fail, is to put yourself down by blaming your lack of ability for your misfortunes.
There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others however humble.
A woman's whole life is a history of the affections.
The natural effect of sorrow over the dead is to refine and elevate the mind.
A sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use.
The idol of today pushes the hero of yesterday out of our recollection; and will, in turn, be supplanted by his successor of tomorrow.
Acting provides the fulfillment of never being fulfilled. You're never as good as you'd like to be. So there's always something to hope for.
Marriage is the torment of one, the felicity of two, the strife and enmity of three.
I am always at a loss at how much to believe of my own stories.
Rising genius always shoots out its rays from among the clouds, but these will gradually roll away and disappear as it ascends to its steady luster.
Temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.
Young lawyers attend the courts, not because they have business there, but because they have no business.
The land of literature is a fairy land to those who view it at a distance, but, like all other landscapes, the charm fades on a nearer approach, and the thorns and briars become visible.
Indeed, there is an eloquence in true enthusiasm that is not to be doubted.
The natural principle of war is to do the most harm to our enemy with the least harm to ourselves; and this of course is to be effected by stratagem.
Those men are most apt to be obsequious and conciliating abroad, who are under the discipline of shrews at home.
There is certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse! As I have often found in traveling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position, and be bruised in a new place.
After all, it is the divinity within that makes the divinity without; and I have been more fascinated by a woman of talent and intelligence, though deficient in personal charms, than I have been by the most regular beauty.
He is the true enchanter, whose spell operates, not upon the senses, but upon the imagination and the heart.
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