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The rising in life of our familiar friends is, perhaps, the bitterest morsel of the bitter bread which we are called upon to eat in life.

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Anthony TrollopePhineas Redux
He was not witty, nor did he deal in anecdotes.

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Anthony TrollopePhineas Redux
In former days the Earl had been a man quite capable of making himself disagreeable, and probably had not yet lost the power of doing so. Of all our capabilities this is the one which clings longest to us.

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Anthony TrollopePhineas Redux
"Prophecy is like a half-trained mule," he complained to Jorah Mormont. "It looks as though it might be useful, but the moment you trust in it, it kicks you in the head."

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George R. R. MartinA Dance with Dragons
The gods are blind. And men see only what they wish.

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George R. R. MartinA Dance with Dragons
The world is one great web, and a man dare not touch a single strand lest all the others tremble.

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George R. R. MartinA Dance with Dragons
Men live their lives trapped in an eternal present, between the mists of memory and the sea of shadow that is all we know of the days to come.

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George R. R. MartinA Dance with Dragons
"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies," said Jojen. "The man who never reads lives only one."

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George R. R. MartinA Dance with Dragons
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit From pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

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William Ernest HenleyInvictus
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

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William Ernest HenleyInvictus

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