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Show Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. - “I try his head occasionally as housewives try eggs,-- give it an intellectual shake and hold it up to the light, so to speak, to see if it has life in it, actual or potential, or only contains lifeless albumen.”
Show Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. - “You may set it down as a truth which admits of few exceptions, that those who ask your OPINION really want your PRAISE, and will be contented with nothing less.”
Show Charles Dickens - “The man who now confronted Gashford, was a squat, thickset personage, with a low, retreating forehead, a coarse shock head of hair, and eyes so small and near together, that his broken nose alone seemed to prevent their meeting and fusing into one of the usual size.”
Show Elizabeth Gaskell - “. . . she would have despised the modern idea of women being equal to men. Equal, indeed she knew they were superior.”
Show F. Scott Fitzgerald - “I don't want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.”
Show F. Scott Fitzgerald - “They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered.”
Show Anthony Trollope - “It was admitted by all her friends, and also by her enemies--who were in truth the more numerous and active body of the two--that Lizzie Greystock had done very well with herself.”
Show Wilkie Collins - “Over and over again in my past experience among my perishing fellow-creatures, the members of the notoriously infidel profession of Medicine had stepped between me and my mission of mercyon the miserable pretence that the patient wanted quiet, and that the disturbing influence of all others which they most dreaded, was the influence of Miss Clack and her Books.”
Show Charles Dickens - “For your popular rumour, unlike the rolling stone of the proverb, is one which gathers a deal of moss in its wanderings up and down.”
Show Wilkie Collins - “Some of us rush through life, and some of us saunter through life. Mrs. Vesey SAT through life.”
Show P. G. Wodehouse - “You know how it is with some girls. They seem to take the stuffing right out of you. I mean to say, there is something about their personality that paralyses the vocal cords and reduces the contents of the brain to cauliflower.”
Show P. G. Wodehouse - “The discovery of a toy duck in the soap dish, presumably the property of some former juvenile visitor, contributed not a little to this new and happier frame of mind. What with one thing and another, I hadn't played with toy ducks in my bath for years, and I found the novel experience most invigorating. For the benefit of those interested, I may mention that if you shove the thing under the surface with the sponge and then let it go, it shoots out of the water in a manner calculated to divert the most careworn.”
Show P. G. Wodehouse - “Nature, when planning this sterling fellow, shoved in a lot more lower jaw than was absolutely necessary and made the eyes a bit too keen and piercing for one who was neither an Empire builder nor a traffic policeman.”
Show Anthony Trollope - “To be alone with the girl to whom he is not engaged is a man's delight to be alone with the man to whom she is engaged is the woman's.”
Show George Ade - “When Wealth walks in the door, the Press Agent comes in through the window.”
Show Anthony Trollope - “The bishop did not whistle we believe that they lose the power of doing so on being consecrated.”
Show Anthony Trollope - “They say that faint heart never won fair lady and it is amazing to me how fair ladies are won, so faint are often men's hearts”
Show Algernon Blackwood - “I wish I were not quite so lonelyand so poor. And yet I love both my loneliness and my poverty. The former makes me appreciate the companionship of the wind and rain, while the latter preserves my liver and prevents me wasting time in dancing attendance”
Show Charles Dickens - “Now, Bella suspected by this time that Mr. Rokesmith admired her. Whether the knowledge (for it was rather that than suspicion) caused her to incline to him a little more, or a little less, than she had done at first whether it rendered her eager to find out more about him, because she sought to establish reason for her distrust, or because she sought to free him from it was as yet dark to her own heart. But at most times he occupied a great amount of her attention . . .”
Show Charles Dickens - “Mrs. Boffin, insisting that Bella should make tomorrow's expedition in the chariot, she went home in great grandeur. Mrs. Wilfer and Miss Lavinia had speculated much on the probabilities and improbabilities of her coming in this gorgeous state, and, on beholding the chariot from the window at which they were secreted to look out for it, agreed that it must be detained at the door as long as possible, for the mortification and confusion of the neighbours.”
Show Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - “There was a lady at Santarem--but my lips are sealed. It is the part of a gallant man to say nothing, though he may indicate that he could say a great deal.”
Show John Galsworthy - “The Rector of Worsted Skeynes was not tall, and his head had been rendered somewhat bald by thought.”
Show Sinclair Lewis - “There are two insults which no human being will endure the assertion that he hasn't a sense of humor, and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.”
Show John Galsworthy - “He woke at half-past two, an hour which long experience had taught him brings panic intensity to all awkward thoughts. Experience had also taught him that a further waking at the proper hour of eight showed the folly of such panic.”
Show Sheena Easton - “We are supposed to enjoy the good stuff now, while we can, with the people we love. Life has a funny way of teaching us that lesson over and over again.”

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