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Age
Engrave this Quote The value of old age depends upon the person who reaches it. To some men of early performance it is useless. To others, who are late to develop, it just enables them to finish the job.
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-Thomas Hardy
Contradiction
Engrave this Quote Like the British Constitution, she owes her success in practice to her inconsistencies in principle.
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Customs
Engrave this Quote Of course poets have morals and manners of their own, and custom is no argument with them.
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Earth
Engrave this Quote Let me enjoy the earth no less
Because the all-enacting Might
That fashioned forth its loveliness
Had other aims than my delight.
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Expectation
Engrave this Quote The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes.
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Face, Faces
Engrave this Quote I am the family face; flesh perishes, I live on, projecting trait and trace through time to times anon, and leaping from place to place over oblivion.
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Heaven
Engrave this Quote The main object of religion is not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him.
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Hurt, Injury
Engrave this Quote Once victim, always victim -- that's the law!
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Language
Engrave this Quote Dialect words are those terrible marks of the beast to the truly genteel.
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Engrave this Quote It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.
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Love
Engrave this Quote A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all. Circumspection and devotion are a contradiction in terms.
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Luck
Engrave this Quote Some folk want their luck buttered.
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Management
Engrave this Quote If way to the better there be, it exacts a full look at the worst.
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Obscurity
Engrave this Quote Everybody is so talented nowadays that the only people I care to honor as deserving real distinction are those who remain in obscurity.
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Patience
Engrave this Quote There was no exaggeration in Marian's definition of Flintcomb-Ash farm as a starve-acre place. The single fat thing on the soil was Marian herself; and she was an importation. Of the three classes of village, the village cared for by its lord, the village cared for by itself, and the village uncared for either by itself or by its lord (in other words, the village of a resident squires's tenantry, the village of free or copy-holders, and the absentee-owner's village, farmed with the land) this place, Flintcomb-Ash, was the third.
But Tess set to work. Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity, was now no longer a minor feature in Mrs Angel Clare; and it sustained her.
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-Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, 1891
Pessimism
Engrave this Quote Pessimism is, in brief, playing the sure game. You cannot lose at it; you may gain. It is the only view of life in which you can never be disappointed. Having reckoned what to do in the worst possible circumstances, when better arise, as they may, life becomes child's play.
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Poetry
Engrave this Quote Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.
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Profanity, Swearing, Vulgarity
Engrave this Quote Ethelberta breathed a sort of exclamation, not right out, but stealthily, like a parson's damn.
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Proverbial Wisdom
Engrave this Quote Don't you go believing in sayings, Picotee: they are all made by men, for their own advantages. Women who use public proverbs as a guide through events are those who have not ingenuity enough to make private ones as each event occurs.
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Respect
Engrave this Quote A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.
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Royalty, Kings, Queens
Engrave this Quote Aspect are within us, and who seems most kingly is king.
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Science
Engrave this Quote Well: what we gain by science is, after all, sadness, as the Preacher saith. The more we know of the laws and nature of the Universe the more ghastly a business we perceive it all to be -- and the non-necessity of it.
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Silence
Engrave this Quote That man's silence is wonderful to listen to.
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Sincerity
Engrave this Quote If all hearts were open and all desires known -- as they would be if people showed their souls -- how many gapings, sighings, clenched fists, knotted brows, broad grins, and red eyes should we see in the market-place!
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Surprise
Engrave this Quote Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.
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