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Newman cast a despairing glance at his small store of fuel, but, not having the courage to say no -- a word which in all his life he never had said at the right time, either to himself or anyone else -- gave way to the proposed arrangement. Charles Dickens Nicholas Nickleby
It was a harder day's journey than yesterday's, for there were long and weary hills to climb; and in journeys, as in life, it is a great deal easier to go down hill than up. However, they kept on, with unabated perseverance, and the hill has not yet lifted its face to heaven that perseverance will not gain the summit of at last. Charles Dickens Nicholas Nickleby
"One gets a bad habit of being unhappy." George Eliot The Mill on the Floss
"Nobody can spoil a life, my dear. That's nonsense. Things happen, but we bob up." John Galsworthy The Forsyte Saga
I had considered how the things that never happen, are often as much realities to us, in their effects, as those that are accomplished. Charles Dickens David Copperfield
He had a sense of his dignity, which was of the most exquisite nature. He could detect a design upon it when nobody else had any perception of the fact. His life was made an agony by the number of fine scalpels that he felt to be incessantly engaged in dissecting his dignity. Charles Dickens Little Dorrit
When I have heard him talking to Papa during the sittings for the picture, I have sat wondering whether it could be that he has no belief in anybody else, because he has no belief in himself. Charles Dickens Little Dorrit
"Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes." Benjamin Disraeli Coningsby
The dew seemed to sparkle more brightly on the green leaves; the air to rustle among them with a sweeter music; and the sky itself to look more blue and bright. Such is the influence which the condition of our own thoughts, exercise, even over the appearance of external objects. Charles Dickens Oliver Twist
Cheerfulness, it would appear, is a matter which depends fully as much on the state of things within as on the state of things without and around us. Charlotte Bronte Shirley
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