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When one writes a novel about grown people, he knows exactly where to…

1 Nov

When one writes a novel about grown people, he knows exactly where to stop – that is, with a marriage; but when he writes of juveniles, he must stop where he best can.

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A body`s got to do things when he`s …

1 Nov

A body`s got to do things when he`s awful hungry he wouldn`t want to do as a steady thing.

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There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy`s life when he has a…

1 Nov

There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy`s life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.

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To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to …

30 Oct

To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.

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common walks of life

29 Oct

In the common walks of life, with what delightful mind look forward to some anticipated scene of festivity ! Imagination is busy sketching rose-tinted pictures of joy. In fancy, the voluptuous votary of fashion sees herself amid the festive throng, “the observed of all observers.” Her graceful form, arrayed in snowy robes, is whirling through the mazes of the joyous dance; her eye is brightest, her step is lightest in the gay assembly. In such delicious fancies time quickly glides by, and the welcome hour arrives for her entrance into the elysian world, of which she has had such bright dreams.How fairylike does everything appear to her enchanted vision ! Each new scene is more charming than the last. But after a while she finds that beneath this goodly exterior, all is vanity; the flattery which once charmed her soul now grates harshly upon her ear; the ballroom has lost its charms; and with wasted health and embittered heart she turns away with the conviction that earthly pleasures cannot satisfy the longings of the soul ! 

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A body does just the same in a …

1 Oct

A body does just the same in a dream as he`d do if he was awake.

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Often, the less there is to justify a …

28 Sep

Often, the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.

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In order to make a man or a boy covet a …

22 Sep

In order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain.

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