Read, read, search, and refine your appetite; learn to live upon instruction; feast your mind and mortify your flesh. — Read and take your nourishment in all your eyes; shut up your mouth, and chew the cud of understanding.
They come together like the Coroner’s Inquest, to sit upon the murdered reputations of the week.
I know a lady that loves talking so incessantly, she won’t give an echo fair play; she has that everlasting rotation of tongue that an echo must wait till she dies before it can catch her last words!
O ay, letters – I had letters – I am persecuted with letters – I hate letters – nobody knows how to write letters; and yet one has ’em, one does not know why – they serve one to pin up one’s hair.
I find we are growing serious, and then we are in great danger of being dull.
Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing, through the overtaking and possessing of a wish discovers the folly of the chase.
Topics: Expectation, Uncertainty
Invention flags, his brain goes muddy, and black despair succeeds brown study.
Music has charms to soothe the savage beast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear. Thus a feeling of utter unworthiness can be a source of courage.
Guilt is ever at a loss, and confusion waits upon it.
A wit should no more be sincere, than a woman constant; one argues a decay of parts, as to other of beauty.
Honor is a public enemy, and conscience a domestic, and he that would secure his pleasure, must pay a tribute to one and go halves with t’other.
Mr Witwould: “Pray, madam, do you pin up your hair with all your letters? I find I must keep copies”.|Mrs Millamant: “Only with those in verse…. I never pin up my hair with prose”.
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