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When one wants to be natural, of necessity one becomes the reverse of natural.

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Anthony TrollopePhineas Redux
A drunkard or a gambler may be weaned from his ways, but not a politician.

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Anthony TrollopePhineas Redux
When you have done the rashest thing in the world it is very pleasant to be told that no man of spirit could have acted otherwise.

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Anthony TrollopePhineas Redux
It may, indeed, be assumed that a man who loses his temper while he is speaking is endeavouring to speak the truth such as he believes it to be, and again it may be assumed that a man who speaks constantly without losing his temper is not always entitled to the same implicit faith.

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Anthony TrollopePhineas Redux
A bull in a china shop is not a useful animal, nor is he ornamental, but there can be no doubt of his energy.

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Anthony TrollopePhineas Redux
Flirting I take to be the excitement of love, without its reality, and without its ordinary result in marriage.

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Anthony TrollopePhineas Redux
He, too, liked his party, and was fond of loyal men; but he had learned at last that all loyalty must be built on a basis of self-advantage. Patriotism may exist without it, but that which Erle called loyalty in politics was simply devotion to the side which a man conceives to be his side, and which he cannot leave without danger to himself.

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Anthony TrollopePhineas Redux
It is the necessary nature of a political party in this country to avoid, as long as it can be avoided, the consideration of any question which involves a great change.

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Anthony TrollopePhineas Redux
Of all hatreds that the world produces, a wife's hatred for her husband, when she does hate him, is the strongest.

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Anthony TrollopePhineas Redux
Then he would be penniless, with the world before him as a closed oyster to be again opened, and he knew,-no one better,-that this oyster becomes harder and harder in the opening as the man who has to open it becomes older.

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Anthony TrollopePhineas Redux

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