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To eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day.
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She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.

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Only a mediocre person is always at his best.

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The love that lasts the longest is the love that is never returned

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I do not believe that I am a vindictive man, but when the immortal gods take a hand in the matter it is pardonable to observe the results with complacency.

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I did not hesitate to put the question that came to the tip of my tongue. After all, if you want to know something the best way is to ask.

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You see, you and I are the only people here who walk quite quietly and peaceably on solid ground. The nuns walk in heaven and your husband
in darkness.

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Character? I should have thought it needed a good deal of character to throw up a career after half an hour's meditation, because you saw in another way of living a more intense significance. And it required still more character never to regret the sudden step.
I wondered if Abraham really had made a hash of life. Is to do what you most want, to live under the conditions that please you, in peace with yourself, to make a hash of life; and is it success to be an eminent surgeon with ten thousand a year and a beautiful wife? I suppose it depends on what meaning you attach to life, the claim which you acknowledge to society, and the claim of the individual. But again I held my tongue, for who am I to argue with a knight?

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But if the folly of men made one angry one would pass one's life in a state of chronic ire.

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The dining-room was in the good taste of the period. It was very severe. There was a high dado of white wood and a green paper on which were etchings by Whistler in neat black frames. The green curtains with their peacock design, hung in straight lines, and the green carpet, in the pattern of which pale rabbits frolicked among leafy trees, suggested the influence of William Morris. There was blue delft on the chimneypiece. At that time there must have been five hundred dining-rooms in London decorated in exactly the same manner. It was chaste, artistic, and dull.

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Luxury is dangerous to people who have never known it and to whom its temptations are held out too suddenly. [ ... ] Just as the advantage of culture is that it enables you to talk nonsense with distinction, so the habit of luxury allows you to regard its frills and furbelows with a proper contumely.
[Giulia Lazzari]

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He died last year. He had endured that life for six years. He was found one morning on the mountainside lying quite peacefully as though he had died in his sleep. From where he lay he had been able to see those two great rocks called the Faraglioni which stand out of the sea. It was full moon and he must have gone to see them by moonlight. Perhaps he died of the beauty of that sight.

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Everything passed, and what trace of its passage remained? It seemed to Kitty that they were all, the human race, like the drops of water in that river and they flowed on, each so close to the other and yet so far apart, a nameless flood, to the sea.

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It's asking a great deal that things should appeal to your reason as well as your sense of the aesthetic. - Of Human Bondage

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Clearly much that seemed valid seemed so only because he had been taught it from earliest youth.

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Why did you look at the sunset?' Philip answered with his mouth full: Because I was happy.

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No action is in itself good or bad, but only such according to convention.

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