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#1. Hornblower worked as hard to conceal his human weaknesses as some men worked to conceal ignoble birth. - Author: C.S. Forester
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#2. With two people and luggage on board she draws four inches of water. Two canoe paddles will move her along at a speed reasonable enough in moderate currents. - Author: C.S. Forester
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#3. Hornblower bowed to Lady This and Lady That, to Lord Somebody and to Sir John Somebody-else. Bold eyes and bare arms, exquisite clothes and blue Garter-ribbons, were all the impressions Hornblower received. - Author: C.S. Forester
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#4. Happy is the bride the sun shines on. - Author: C.S. Forester
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#5. Harm began to come to Hornblower from that day forth, despite his obedience to orders and diligent study of his duties, and it stemmed from the arrival in the midshipmen's berth of John Simpson as senior warrant officer. - Author: C.S. Forester
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#6. I'd rather be in trouble for having done something than for not having done anything. - Author: C.S. Forester
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#7. Perhaps that suspicion of fraud enhances the flavor. - Author: C.S. Forester
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#8. If one plan goes wrong there is need to make another, that is all. And, as for despair - there was no room for despair in Dodd's make-up. The regiment had taught him that he must do his duty or die in the attempt; a simple enough religion fit for his simple mind. As long as there was breath in his body or a thought in his mind he must struggle on; as long as he went on trying there was no need to meditate on success or failure. The only reward for the doing of his duty would be the knowledge that his duty was being done. - Author: C.S. Forester
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#9. I formed a resolution to never write a word I did not want to write; to think only of my own tastes and ideals, without a thought of those of editors or publishers. - Author: C.S. Forester
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#10. A man who writes for a living does not have to go anywhere in particular, and he could rarely afford to if he wanted. - Author: C.S. Forester
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#11. The material came bubbling up inside like a geyser or an oil gusher. It streamed up of its own accord, down my arm and out of my fountain pen in a torrent of six thousand words a day. - Author: C.S. Forester
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#12. There is still need to think and plan, but on a different scale, and along different lines. - Author: C.S. Forester
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#13. The doctor who applied a stethoscope to my heart was not satisfied. I was told to get my papers with the clerk in the outer hall. I was medically rejected. - Author: C.S. Forester
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#14. Everything was in stark and dreadful contrast with the trivial crises and counterfeit emotions of Hollywood, and I returned to England deeply moved and emotionally worn out. - Author: C.S. Forester
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#15. Bush put both arms round Hornblower's shoulders and walked with dragging feet. It did not matter that his feet dragged and his legs would not function while he had this support; Hornblower was the best man in the world and Bush could announce it by singing 'For He's a Jolly Good Fellow' while lurching along the alleyway. - Author: C.S. Forester
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#16. It was not a conspiratorial wink, nor did Hornblower attempt the hopeless task of trying to pretend he stuffed hot greasy sausages into his pockets every day of his life; the wink simply dared the old gentleman to comment on or even think of the remarkable act. - Author: C.S. Forester
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#17. They managed to find time ... to tell me that there was no chance of my being accepted for service and that really I should be surprised to still be alive. - Author: C.S. Forester
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#18. When a man who is drinking neat gin starts talking about his mother he is past all argument. - Author: C.S. Forester
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#19. The lucky man is he who knows how much to leave to chance. - Author: C.S. Forester
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#20. The stinks of the true believers have to be smelt to be believed. - Author: C.S. Forester
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#21. I thank God daily for the good fortune of my birth, for I am certain I would have made a miserable peasant. - Author: C.S. Forester
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#22. His self-respect was at its lowest ebb. - Author: C.S. Forester
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#23. There is no other way of writing a novel than to begin at the beginning at to continue to the end. - Author: C.S. Forester
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#24. Irresponsibility was something which, in the very nature of things, could not co-exist with independence. - Author: C.S. Forester
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#25. I have heard of novels started in the middle, at the end, written in patches to be joined together later, but I have never felt the slightest desire to do this. - Author: C.S. Forester
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#26. Surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of man he is. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#27. I am a product [ ... of] endless books. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#28. The higher the stakes, the greater the temptation to lose your temper. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#29. The tortures occur, if they are unnecessary, then there is no God, or a bad one. If there is a good God, then these tortures are necessary for no even moderately good Being could possibly inflict or permit them if they weren't. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#30. I have always loved fantasy; I think probably stepping through the wardrobe with Lucy in C.S. Lewis's 'Narnia Chronicles' was my first exposure when I was really little. - Author: Jacqueline Carey
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#31. To know that one is dreaming
is to be no longer perfectly asleep. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#32. No photograph can truly recall the beloved's smile. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#33. Will the others see you too?" asked Lucy.
"Certainly not at first," said Aslan. "Later on, it depends."
"But they won't believe me!" said Lucy.
"It doesn't matter. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#34. I once read the sentence 'I lay awake all night with a toothache, thinking about the toothache an about lying awake.' That's true to life. Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery's shadow or reflection: the fact that you don't merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#35. Do not waste time bothering whether you 'love' your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#36. That is what mortals misunderstand. They say of some temporal sufferring, "No future bliss can make up for it" not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#37. Laurent had known who he was, and had still made love to him. He wondered what mix of yearning and self-delusion had allowed Laurent to do that. - Author: C.S. Pacat
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#38. You came', said Laurent.
'You knew I would', said Damen.
'If you need an army to take your capital', said Laurent, 'I seem to have one'
Damen let out a strange breath. They were gazing at each other. Laurent said, 'after all, I owe you a fort - Author: C.S. Pacat
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#39. If devils exist, their first aim is to give you an anesthetic
to put you off your guard. Only if that fails, do you become aware of them. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#40. You can do more with a castle in a story than with the best cardboard castle that ever stood on a nursery table. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#41. A powerful dragon crying its eyes out under the moon in a deserted valley is a sight and a sound hardly to be imagined. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#42. We were made to be neither cerebral men nor visceral men, but Men. Not beasts nor angels but Men - things at once rational and animal. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#43. Education and all sorts of horrible things are going to happen to me. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#44. A man is never so proud as when striking an attitude of humility. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#45. He became aware of a man drawn
alongside them, frozen in stillness even
in the midst of battle, and
knew that what had just happened had
been seen, and overheard.
He turned, the truth on his face. Stripped
bare, he could not hide himself in that
moment. Laurent, he thought, and lifted
his gaze to meet the eyes of the man who
had witnessed the last words of Lord
Touars.
It wasn't Laurent. It was Jord.
He was staring at Damen in horror, his
sword lax in his hand. - Author: C.S. Pacat
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#46. Nothing is yet in its true form. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#47. Nor am I greatly moved by jocular inquiries such as, 'Where will you put all the mosquitoes?'
a question to be answered on its own level by pointing out that, if the worst came to worst, a heaven for mosquitoes and a hell for men could very conveniently be combined. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#48. After a moment, Laurent said, 'He would have liked you.'

'Even after I started courting his little brother?' said Damen carefully.

He watched Laurent stop, the way that he did when he was taken by surprise, and then lift his eyes to meet Damen's.

'Yes,' said Laurent softly, his cheeks reddened slightly. - Author: C.S. Pacat
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#49. Good and evil increase at compound interest. That's why the little decisions we make every day are of infinite importance. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#50. What does seem to me poisonous, what breeds a type of patriotism that is pernicious if it lasts but not likely to last long in an educated adult, is the perfectly serious indoctrination of the young in knowably false or biased history - the heroic legend drably disguised as text-book fact. With this creeps in the tacit assumption that other nations have not equally their heroes; perhaps even the belief - surely it is very bad biology - that we can literally 'inherit' tradition. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#51. Obedience is the key that opens every door. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#52. I#pray because the need flows out of me all the time-walking and sleeping. It does not change # God - it changes me. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#53. The gap between those who worship different gods is not so wide as the gap between those who worship and those who don't. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#54. Almost the whole of Christian theology could perhaps be deduced from the two facts (a) That men make coarse jokes, and (b) That they feel the dead to be uncanny. The - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#55. Courage, friends,' came Prince Rilian's voice. 'Whether we live or die Aslan will be our good lord. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#56. Human life has always been lived on the edge of precipice. Human culture has always had to exist under the shadow of something infinitely more important than itself. If men had postponed the search for knowledge and beauty until they were secure, the search would have never begun. We are mistaken when we compare war with "normal life." Life has never been normal. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#57. God knows our situation; He will not judge us as if we had no difficulties to overcome. What matters is the sincerity and perseverance of our will to overcome them. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#58. I wish we didn't live in a world where buying and selling things seems to have become almost more important than either producing or using them. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#59. Real joy seems to me almost as unlike security or prosperity as it is unlike agony. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#60. Nature never taught me that there exists a God of glory and of infinite majesty. I had to learn that in other ways. But nature gave the word glory a meaning for me. I still do not know where else I could have found one. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#61. Like a lie, cracking and dropping from him. He looked at the gleam of the gold where Guerin placed it, halved, on the workbench. Veretian shackles. In the curve of its metal was every humiliation of his time in this country, every frustration at Veretian confinement, every indignity of an Akielon serving a Veretian master. Except that it was Kastor who had put the collar on him, and Laurent who was freeing him. It - Author: C.S. Pacat
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#62. Earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#63. Unless thought is valid we have no reason to believe in the real universe. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#64. Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#65. Until you have given up your self to Him you will not have a real self. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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