Women like to sit down with trouble as if it were knitting.
He felt with the force of a revelation that to throw up the clods of earth manfully is as beneficent as to revolutionize the world. It was not the matter of the work, but the mind that went into it, that counted — and the man who was not content to do small things well would leave great things undone.
No matter how vital experience might be while you lived it, no sooner was it ended and dead than it became as lifeless as the piles of dry dust in a school history book.
A tragic irony of life is that we so often achieve success or financial independence after the chief reason for which we sought it has passed away.
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