Feb. 23rd, 2017

The plot thickens:
  • As to any provincial history in which the agents are all of high moral rank, that must be of a date long posterior to the first Reform Bill, and Peter Featherstone, you perceive, was dead and buried some months before Lord Grey came into office.
  • and what is promising, if making everybody believe is not promising? And you see he did leave him ten pounds.
  • Apart from his dinners and his coursing, Mr. Vincy, blustering as he was, had as little of his own way as if he had been a prime minister:
  • And in the mean while the hours were each leaving their little deposit and gradually forming the final reason for inaction, namely, that action was too late.
  • Rosamond, she was in the water-lily's expanding wonderment at its own fuller life,
  • We may handle even extreme opinions with impunity while our furniture, our dinner-giving, and preference for armorial bearings in our own case, link us indissolubly with the established order.
  • half from that personal pride and unreflecting egoism which I have already called commonness,
  • they sat quite still for many minutes which flowed by them like a small gurgling brook with the kisses of the sun upon it. Rosamond
  • transform life into romance at any moment; who was instructed to the true womanly limit and not a hair's- breadth beyond--docile, therefore, and ready to carry out behests which came from that limit.
  • but she had the ardent woman's need to rule beneficently by making the joy of another soul.
  • However slight the terrestrial intercourse between Dante and Beatrice or Petrarch and Laura, time changes the proportion of things, and in later days it is preferable to have fewer sonnets and more conversation.
  • we mortals have our divine moments, when love is satisfied in the completeness of the beloved object.
  • But it is very difficult to be learned; it seems as if people were worn out on the way to great thoughts, and can never enjoy them because they are too tired."
  • give another good pinch at the moth-wings of poor Mr. Casaubon's glory
  • And when gratitude has become a matter of reasoning there are many ways of escaping from its bonds.
  • the other great dread-- of himself becoming dimmed and forever ray-shorn in her eyes.
  • too late to undress his mind of the day's frivolous ceremony and affairs
  • Dorothea's entrance was the freshness of morning.
  • stint--of vexation because he was of too little account with her, was not formidable enough, was treated with an unhesitating benevolence which did not flatter him.
  • "That by desiring what is perfectly good, even when we don't quite know what it is and cannot do what we would, we are part of the divine power against evil--widening the skirts of light and making the struggle with darkness narrower."
  • "A bad workman of any sort makes his fellows mistrusted. Things hang together," he added, looking on the floor and moving his feet uneasily with a sense that words were scantier than thoughts. "
  • our impartiality is kept for abstract merit and demerit, which none of us ever saw.
  • A human being in this aged nation of ours is a very wonderful whole, the slow creation of long interchanging influences: and charm is a result of two such wholes, the one loving and the one loved.
  • Every proud mind knows something of this experience, and perhaps it is only to be overcome by a sense of fellowship deep enough to make all efforts at isolation seem mean and petty instead of exalting.
  • Will not a tiny speck very close to our vision blot out the glory of the world, and leave only a margin by which we see the blot? I know no speck so troublesome as self.
  • lofty limes were falling silently across the sombre evergreens, while the lights and shadows slept side by side:
  • He was at present too ill acquainted with disaster to enter into the pathos of a lot where everything is below the level of tragedy except the passionate egoism of the sufferer.
  • "Come, my dear, come. You are young, and need not to extend your life by watching."
  • that controlled self-consciousness of manner which is the expensive substitute for simplicity.
  • But let the wise be warned against too great readiness at explanation: it multiplies the sources of mistake, lengthening the sum for reckoners sure to go wrong.
  • of which her husband only knew (like the emotional elephant he was!)

  • But it is one thing to like defiance, and another thing to like its consequences.
  • tendency to unsoundness in intellectual men / only the painful eagerness of unfed hope
  • The only conscience we can trust to is the massive sense of wrong in a class, and the best wisdom that will work is the wisdom of balancing claims.
  • Motives are points of honor, I suppose-- nobody can prove them.
  • the spring whose spirit filled the air--a bright creature, abundant in uncertain promises.
  • anything which had sharper collisions than an elaborate notion of Gog and Magog: it was as free from interruption as a plan for threading the stars together.
  • It seemed clear that where there was a baby, things were right enough, and that error, in general, was a mere lack of that central poising force.
  • most blameless men I ever knew. He has neither venom nor doubleness in him, and those often go with a more correct outside."
  • But with regard to critical occasions, it often happens that all moments seem comfortably remote until the last. "
  • They outlive their love, but they don't outlive the consequences of their recklessness."
  • The memory has as many moods as the temper, and shifts its scenery like a diorama.
  • my dear. You will see visions. We have all got to exert ourselves a little to keep sane, and call things by the same names as other people call them by.
  • Life would be no better than candle-light tinsel and daylight rubbish if our spirits were not touched by what has been, to issues of longing and constancy.
  • "You must be sure of two things: you must love your work, and not be always looking over the edge of it, wanting your play to begin. And the other is, you must not be ashamed of your work, and think it would be more honorable to you to be doing something else. You must have a pride in your own work and in learning to do it well, and not be always saying, There's this and there's that--if
  • At that time the opinion existed that it was beneath a gentleman to write legibly, or with a hand in the least suitable to a clerk. Fred wrote the lines demanded in a hand as gentlemanly as that of any viscount or bishop of the day: the vowels were all alike and the consonants only distinguishable as turning up or down,
  • Mrs. Garth had not yet discharged itself. It was a little too provoking even for her self-control that this blooming youngster should flourish on the disappointments of sadder and wiser people--making a meal of a nightingale and never knowing it--
  • When a tender affection has been storing itself in us through many of our years, the idea that we could accept any exchange for it seems to be a cheapening of our lives.
  • but to most mortals there is a stupidity which is unendurable and a stupidity which is altogether acceptable-- else, indeed, what would become of social bonds? Captain Lydgate's stupidity was delicately scented, carried itself with "style," talked with a good accent, and was closely related to Sir Godwin. Rosamond found it quite agreeable
  • Expenditure--like ugliness and errors--becomes a totally new thing when we attach our own personality to it, and measure it by that wide difference which is manifest (in our own sensations) between ourselves and others.
  • Borthrop Trumbull had a kindly liquid in his veins; he was an admirer by nature, and would have liked to have the universe under his hammer, feeling that it would go at a higher figure for his recommendation.
  • There is no general doctrine which is not capable of eating out our morality if unchecked by the deep-seated habit of direct fellow-feeling with individual fellow-men.
  • It is certainly trying to a man's dignity to reappear when he is not expected to do so: a first farewell has pathos in it, but to come back for a second lends an opening to comedy,
  • Unwonted circumstances may make us all rather unlike ourslves: there are conditions under which the most majestic person is obliged to sneeze, and our emotions are liable to be acted on in the same incongruous manner.
  • still--it could not be fairly called wooing a woman to tell her that he would never woo her.
  • there is no escape from sordidness but by being free from money-craving, with all its base hopes and temptations, its watching for death, its hinted requests.
  • the tender devotedness and docile adoration of the ideal wife must be renounced, and life must be taken up on a lower stage of expectation, as it is by men who have lost their limbs.
  • Perhaps Mr. Farebrother's might be concentrated into a single shrug and one little speech. "To think of the part one little woman can play in the life of a man, so that to renounce her may be a very good imitation of heroism, and to win her may be a discipline!"

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