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#1. Destiny has got the rope round my neck – and I feel it. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#2. The sketch of the summer-house which she had given me on the morning of our farewell, and which had never been separated from me since, was the birthday of our first hope. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#3. were we two following our widely parted roads towards one point in the mysterious future, at which we were to meet once more? - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#4. I started to my feet as suddenly as if he had struck me. If I had been a man, I would have knocked him down on the threshold of his own door, and have left his house, never on any earthly consideration to enter it again. But I was only a woman - and I loved his wife so dearly! - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#5. He has trifled with the sacred memory of my husband," thought the Professor's widow. "On my life and honor, I will make him pay for it. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#6. The ruling idea of his life appeared to be, that he was bound to show his gratitude to the country which had afforded him an asylum and a means of subsistence by doing his utmost to turn himself into an Englishman. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#7. It is the grand misfortune of my life that nobody will let me alone. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#8. The future of English fiction may rest with this Unknown Public - a reading public of three millions which lies right out of the pale of true literary civilization - which is now waiting to be taught the difference between a good book and a bad. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#9. People in low life have no such privilege. Necessity, which spares our betters, has no pity on us. We learn to put our feelings back into ourselves, and to jog on with our duties as patiently as may be. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#10. Oh, my young friends and fellow sinners! beware of presuming to exercise your poor carnal reason. Oh, be morally tidy! Let your faith be as your stockings, and your stockings as your faith. Both ever spotless, and both ready to put on at a moment's notice! - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#11. Magdalen drew further and further back. A twig from a tree near caught her cloak; she turned petulantly, broke it off, and threw it on the ground. "What right have you to question me?" she broke out on a sudden. "Whether I like Frank, or whether I don't, what interest is it of yours?" As she said the words, she abruptly stepped forward to pass her sister and return to the house. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#12. I have heard, as everybody else has, of a spirit's haunting a house ; but I have had my own personal experience of a house's haunting a spirit. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#13. … you are so much better off as a single woman – unless – unless you are very fond of your husband … - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#14. My dear friend! what is there extraordinary in that? They are all in love with some other man. Who gets the first of a woman's heart? In all my experience I have never yet met with the man who was Number One. Number Two, sometimes. Number Three, Four, Five, often. Number One, never! He exists, of course - but, I have not met with him. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#15. Lovely eyes in colour, lovely eyes in form - large and tender and quietly thoughtful - but beautiful above all things in the clear truthfulness of look that dwells in their inmost depths, and shines through all their changes of expression with the light of a purer and a better world. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#16. Our capacity of appreciating the beauties of the earth we live on is, in truth, one of the civilised accomplishments which we all learn, as an Art; and, more, that very capacity is rarely practised by any of us except when our minds are most indolent and most unoccupied. How much share have the attractions of Nature ever had in the pleasurable or painful interests and emotions of ourselves or our friends? What space do they ever occupy in the thousand little narratives of personal experience which pass every day by word of mouth from one of us to the other? All that our minds can compass, all that our hearts can learn, can be accomplished with equal certainty, equal profit, and equal satisfaction to ourselves, in the poorest as in the richest prospect that the face of the earth can show. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#17. Through all the ways of our unintelligible world, the trivial and the terrible walk hand in hand together. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#18. The mountain-path of Action is no longer a path for me; my future hope pauses with my present happiness in the shadowed valley of Repose. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#19. You can have a lot of fun with rhinos - Author: Wilkie Martin
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#20. He started up, and wrung my hand in quite an ecstasy of gratitude. How I do hate people who can only express their feelings by hurting other people's hand. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#21. In my youth, I should have chafed and fretted under the irritation of my own unreasonable state of mind. In my age, I knew better, and went out philosophically to walk it off. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#22. He inquired next what Allan had seen in the stranger to take such a fancy to? Allan had seen in him - what he didn't see in people in general. He wasn't like all the other fellows in the neighborhood. All the other fellows were cut out on the same pattern. Every man of them was equally healthy, muscular, loud, hard-hearted, clean-skinned, and rough; every man of them drank the same draughts of beer, smoked the same short pipes all day long, rode the best horse, shot over the best dog, and put the best bottle of wine in England on his table at night; every man of them sponged himself every morning in the same sort of tub of cold water and bragged about it in frosty weather in the same sort of way; every man of them thought getting into debt a capital joke and betting on horse-races one of the most meritorious actions that a human being can perform. They were, no doubt, excellent fellows in their way; but the worst of them was, they were all exactly alike. It was a perfect godsend to meet with a man like Midwinter - a man who was not cut out on the regular local pattern, and whose way in the world had the one great merit (in those parts) of being a way of his own. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#23. I hope I take up the cause of all oppressed people rather warmly. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#24. The dress of Virtue, in our parts, was cotton print. I had silk. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#25. I can think of no one more qualified to write about the modern South than Curtis Wilkie - Author: Willie Morris
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#26. The law will argue any thing, with any body who will pay the law for the use of its brains and its time. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#27. My business in life is to eat, drink, sleep, and die. Everything else is superfluity and I will have none of it. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#28. I wanted to write as well as I possibly could to deal with life-and-death problems in contemporary society. And the form of Wilkie Collins and Graham Greene, of Hammett and Chandler, seemed to offer me all the rope I would ever need. - Author: Ross Macdonald
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#29. Husbands and wives talk of the cares of matrimony, and bachelors and spinsters bear them. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#30. I am a citizen of the world, and I have met, in my time, with so many different sorts of virtue, that I am puzzled, in my old age, to say which is the right sort and which is the wrong. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#31. She turned towards me immediately. The easy elegance of every movement of her limbs and body as soon as she began to advance from the far end of the room, set me in a flutter of expectation to see her face clearly. She left the window - and I said to myself, The lady is dark. She moved forward a few steps - and I said to myself, The lady is young. She approached nearer - and I said to myself (with a sense of surprise which words fail me to express), The lady is ugly! Never - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#32. Even baldness, when it is only baldness over the forehead (as in his case), is rather becoming than not in a man, for it heightens the head and adds to the intelligence of the face. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#33. Except in this ignorant and material century, men have always worn precious stuffs and beautiful colours as well as women. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#34. As a general rule, political talk appears to me to be of all talk the most dreary and the most profitless. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#35. Here follows the substance of what I said, written out entirely for your benefit. Pay attention to it, or you will be all abroad, when we get deeper into the story. Clear your mind of the children, or the dinner, or the new bonnet, or what not. Try if you can't forget politics, horses, prices in the city and grievances at the club. I hope you won't take this freedom on my part amiss; it's only a way I have of appealing to a gentle reader. Lord! haven't I seen you with the greatest authors in your hands, and don't I know how ready your attention is to wander when it's a book that asks for it, instead of a person? - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#36. Is the prison that Mr. Scoundrel lives in at the end of his career a more uncomfortable place than the workhouse that Mr. Honesty lives in at the end of his career? - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#37. Every human institution (Justice included) will stretch a little, if only you pull it in the right way. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#38. The mysterious morning stillness of hall and staircase. Who were the sleepers hidden in the upper regions? Let the house reveal its own secrets; and, one by one, - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#39. The upshot of it was, that Rosanna Spearman had been a thief, and not being of the sort that get up Companies in the City, and rob from thousands, instead of only robbing from one, the law laid hold of her, and the prison and the reformatory followed the lead of the law. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#40. If you will look about you (which most people won't do)," says Sergeant Cuff, "you will see that the nature of a man's tastes is, most times, as opposite as possible to the nature of a man's business. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#41. The evening advanced. The shadows lengthened. The waters of the lake grew pitchy black. The gliding of the ghostly swans became rare and more rare. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#42. I am a bundle of nerves dressed up to look like a man! - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#43. Being, however, nothing but a woman, condemned to patience, propriety, and petticoats for life, I must respect the house-keeper's opinions, and try to compose myself in some feeble and feminine way. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#44. The answer almost unmanned me. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#45. I constantly see old people flushed and excited by the prospect of some anticipated pleasure which altogether fails to ruffle the tranquillity of their serene grandchildren. Are we, I wonder, quite such genuine boys and girls now as our seniors were in their time? Has the great advance in education taken rather too long a stride; - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#46. The explanation has been written already in the three words that were many enough, and plain enough, for my confession. I loved her. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#47. You may scold your carpenter, when he has made a bad table, though you can't make a table yourself.' I say to you - 'Mr. Finch, you may point out a defect in a baby's petticoats, though you haven't got a baby yourself!' Doesn't that satisfy you? All right! Take another illustration. Look at your room here. I can see in the twinkling of an eye, that it's badly lit. You have only got one window - you ought to have two. Is it necessary to be a practical builder to discover that? Absurd! Are you satisfied now? No! Take another illustration. What's this printed paper, here, on the chimney-piece? Assessed Taxes. Ha! Assessed Taxes will do. You're not in the House of Commons; you're not a Chancellor of the Exchequer - but haven't you an opinion of your own about taxation, in spite of that? Must you and I be in Parliament before we can presume to see that the feeble old British Constitution is at its last gasp? - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#48. He very soon acquired the reputation of being the best public speaker of his time. He had taken pains to master the art, approaching it with scientific precision. On the morning of a day on which he was giving a speech, he once told Wilkie Collins, he would take a long walk during which he would establish the various headings to be dealt with. Then, in his mind's eye, he would arrange them as on a cart wheel, with himself as the hub and each heading a spoke. As he dealt with a subject, the relevant imaginary spoke would drop out. When there were no more spokes, the speech was at an end. Close observers of Dickens noticed that while he was speaking he would make a quick action of the finger at the end of each topic, as if he were knocking the spoke away. - Author: Simon Callow
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#49. I adore Wilkie Collins," Tessa cried. "Oh - Armadale! And The Woman in White …
Are you laughing at me?"
"Not at you," said Will, grinning, "more because of you. I've never seen anyone get so
excited over books before. You'd think they were diamonds."
"Well, they are, aren't they? Isn't there anything you love like that? And don't say 'spats' or 'lawn tennis' or something silly."
"Good Lord," he said with mock horror, "it's like she knows me already. - Author: Cassandra Clare
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#50. James Wilkie is so conscious of the time we spend together. I try to be home to tuck him in at least four nights a week, and if I'm not, he's not letting me get away with anything. The other night I was sitting with him on the steps before Matthew and I went out to the theater, and he looked at me and said, 'Mama, this has got to stop. Go upstairs and take that dress off.' - Author: Sarah Jessica Parker
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#51. My hour for tea is half-past five, and my buttered toast waits for nobody. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#52. Some to business, some to pleasure take, But every woman is at heart a rake.'" "The - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#53. No woman can resist admiration and presents
especially presents, provided they happen to be just the thing she wants. He was sharp enough to know that
most men are. Naturally he wanted something in return
all men do - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#54. They seem to be in a conspiracy to persecute you," she said. "What does it mean?"
"Only the protest of the world, Miss Verinder - on a very small scale - against anything that is new. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#55. To-day we love, what to-morrow we hate. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#56. If he was right, here was our quiet English house suddenly invaded by a devilish Indian Diamond - bringing after it a conspiracy of living rogues, set loose on us by the vengeance of a dead man. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#57. And earth was heaven a little the worse for wear. And heaven was earth, done up again to look like new. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#58. Never was the old conventional maxim, that Nature cannot err, more flatly contradicted - never was the fair promise of a lovely figure more strangely and startingly belied by the face and head that crowned it. The lady's complexion was almost swarthy, and the dark down on her upper lip was almost a moustache. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#59. There is nothing serious in mortality! Solomon in all his glory was Solomon with the elements of the contemptible lurking in every fold of his robes and in every corner of his palace. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#60. It is the nature of truth to struggle to the light. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#61. Dont speak of tomorrow.Let the music speak to us tonight,in a happier language than ours. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#62. Sympathies that lie too deep for words, too deep almost for thoughts, are touched, at such times, by other charms than those which the senses feel and which the resources of expression can realise. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#63. At sixty, I worshiped her with the volcanic ardour of eighteen. All the gold of my rich nature was poured hopelessly at her feet. My wife – poor angel! – my wife, who adores me, got nothing but the shillings and the pennies. Such is the Work, such Man, such Love. What are we (I ask) but puppets in a show-box? Oh, omnipotent Destiny, pull our strings gently! Dance us mercifully off our miserable little stage! - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#64. A man with delicately-strung nerves often says and does things which often lead us to think more meanly of him than he deserves. It is his great misfortune constantly to present himself at his worst. On the other hand, a man provided with nerves vigorously constituted, is provided also with a constitutional health and a hardihood wich express themselves brightly in his manners, and which lead to a mistaken impression that his nature is what it appears to be on the surface. Having good health, he has good spirits. Having good spirits, he wins as an agreeable companion on the persons with whom he comes in contact - although he may be hiding all the while, under an outer covering which is physically wholesome, an inner nature which is morally diseased. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#65. We fought, Wilkie Collins and I. We fought bitterly and with all our might, to a standstill, over a period of about three weeks, on trains and aeroplanes and by hotel swimming pools. Sometimes – usually late at night, in bed – he could put me out cold with a single paragraph; every time I got through twenty or thirty pages, it felt to me as though I'd socked him good, but it took a lot out of me, and I had to retire to my corner to wipe the blood and sweat off my reading glasses. Only in the last fifty-odd pages, after I'd landed several of these blows, did old Wilkie show any signs buckling under the assault. - Author: Nick Hornby
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#66. Very strange!" he said to himself, vacantly. "It's like a scene in a novel - it's like nothing in real life." He - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#67. Now, tell me, my dear, I said, what are you crying about?
About the years that are gone, Mr. Betteredge," says Rosanna quietly. My past life still comes back to me sometimes.
Come, come, my girl, I said, your past life is all sponged out. Why can't you forget it?
"She took me by one of the lappets of my coat. I am a slovenly old man, and a good deal of my meat and drink gets splashed about on my clothes. Sometimes one of the women, and sometimes another, cleans me of my grease. The day before, Roseanna had taken out a spot for me on the lappet of my coat, with a new composition, warranted to remove anything. The grease was gone, but there was a little dull place left on the nap of the cloth where the grease had been. The girl pointed to that place, and shook here head.
The stain is taken off, she said. But the place shows, Mr. Betteredge
the place shows! - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#68. In all my experience along the dirtiest ways of this dirty little world, I have never met with such a thing as a trifle yet. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#69. I sadly want a reform in the construction of children. Nature's only idea seems to be to make them machines for the production of incessant noise. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#70. The dull people decided years and years ago, as everyone knows, that novel-writing was the lowest species of literary exertion, and that novel reading was a dangerous luxury and an utter waste of time. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#71. The sound of my voice brought the life back to her limbs, and the colour to her face. She advanced, on her side, still without speaking. Slowly, as if acting under some influence independent of her own will, she came nearer and nearer to me; the warm dusky colour flushing her cheeks, the light of reviving intelligence brightening every instant in her eyes. I forgot the object that had brought me into her presence; I forgot the vile suspicion that rested on my good name; I forgot every consideration, past, present, and future, which I was bound to remember. I saw nothing but the woman I loved coming nearer and nearer to me. She trembled; she stood irresolute. I could resist it no longer--I caught her in my arms, and covered her face with kisses. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#72. But in these modern times it may be decidedly asserted as a fact, that vice, in accomplishing the vast majority of its seductions, uses no disguise at all; appears impudently in its naked deformity; and, instead of horrifying all beholders, in accordance with the prediction of the classical satirist, absolutely attracts a much more numerous congregation of worshippers than has ever yet been brought together by the divinest beauties that virtue can display for the allurement of mankind. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#73. I used to attend scientific experiments when I was a girl at school. They invariably ended in an explosion. If Mr. Jennings will be so very kind, I should like to be warned of the explosion this time. With a view to getting it over, if possible, before I go to bed. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#74. Here I am, with my book and my pencil - the latter not pointed so well as I could wish, but when Christians take leave of their senses, who is to expect that pencils will keep their points? - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#75. Men, being accustomed to act on reflection themselves, are a great deal too apt to believe that women act on reflection, too. Women do nothing of the sort. They act on impulse; and, in nine cases out of ten, they are heartily sorry for it afterward. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#76. She drew back from the spectacle of my humiliation and of her triumph. The sudden silence that had fallen upon me seemed to frighten her. "I spared you, at the time," she said. "I would have spared you now, if you had not forced me to speak." She moved away as if to leave the room-- and hesitated before she got to the door. "Why did you come here to humiliate yourself?" she asked. "Why did you come here to humiliate me?" She went on a few steps, and paused once more. "For God's sake, say something!" she exclaimed, passionately. "If you have any mercy left, don't let me degrade myself in this way! Say something--and drive me out of the room! - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#77. There's a bottom of good sense, Mr. Franklin, in our conduct to our mothers, when they first start us on the journey of life. We are all of us more or less unwilling to be brought into the world. And we are all of us right. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#78. There was genuine regret in his face as he showed her that trifling attention. He was a vagabond and a cheat; he had lived a mean, shuffling, degraded life, but he was human; and she had found her way to the lost sympathies in him which not even the self-profanation of a swindler's existence could wholly destroy. "Damn - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#79. IT wanted little more than a fortnight to Christmas; but the weather showed no signs yet of the frost and snow, conventionally associated with the coming season. The atmosphere was unnaturally warm, and the old year was dying feebly in sapping rain and enervating mist. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#80. Is it necessary to say what my first impression was when I looked at my visitor's card? Surely not! My sister having married a foreigner, there was but one impression that any man in his senses could possibly feel. Of course the Count had come to borrow money of me.
"Louis," I said, "do you think he would go away if you gave him five shillings? - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#81. Love may be on the horizon, but beware something wicked this way comes. - Author: Wilkie Martin
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#82. Mr. Bruff, I'm ordered to take exercise and I don't like it. That, added Aunt Ablewhite, pointing out of window to an invalid going by in a chair on wheels, drawn by a man, is my idea of exercise. If it's air you want, you get it in your chair. And if it's fatique you want, I am sure it's fatiquing enough to look at the man. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#83. Here, then, was one of my anticipations of the morning still unfulfilled. I began to wonder, next, whether my introduction to Miss Fairlie would disappoint the expectations that I had been forming of her since breakfast-time. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#84. I have observed, not only in my sister's case, but in the instances of others, that we of the young generation are nothing like so hearty and so impulsive as some of our elders. I constantly see old people flushed and excited by the prospect of some anticipated pleasure which altogether fails to ruffle the tranquillity of their serene grandchildren. Are we, I wonder, quite such genuine boys and girls now as our seniors were in their time? Has the great advance in education taken rather too long a stride; and are we in these modern days, just the least trifle in the world too well brought up? Without - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#85. I paid the cabman exactly his fare. He received it with an oath; upon which I instantly gave him a tract. If I had presented a pistol at his head, this abandoned wretch could hardly have exhibited greater consternation. He jumped up on his box, and, with profane exclamations of dismay, drove off furiously. Quite useless, I am happy to say! I sowed the good seed, in spite of him, by throwing a second tract in at the window of the cab. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#86. We both wanted money. Immense necessity! Universal want! Is there a civilised human being who does not feel for us? How insensible must that man be! Or how rich! - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#87. The grandest mountain prospect that the eye can range over is appointed to annihilation. The smallest human interest that the pure heart can feel is appointed to immortality. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#88. She was unlike most girls of her age, in this
that she had ideas of her own. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#89. How much happier we should be,' she thought to herself sadly, 'if we never grew up! - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#90. I have always maintained that the one important phenomenon presented by modern society is - the enormous prosperity of Fools. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#91. We had come to see blackguards; but these men were something worse. There is a comic side, more or less appreciable, in all blackguardism - here there was nothing but tragedy - mute, weird tragedy. The quiet in the room was horrible. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#92. My sister Sarah, with all the advantages of youth, was, strangely enough, less pliable. She did full justice to Pesca's excellent qualities of heart; but she could not accept him implicitly, as my mother accepted him, for my sake. Her insular notions of propriety rose in perpetual revolt against Pesca's constitutional contempt for appearances; and she was always more or less undisguisedly astonished at her mother's familiarity with the eccentric little foreigner. I have observed, not only in my sister's case, but in the instances of others, that we of the young generation are nothing like so hearty and so impulsive as some of our elders. I constantly see old people flushed and excited by the prospect of some anticipated pleasure which altogether fails to ruffle the tranquillity of their serene grandchildren. Are we, I wonder, quite such genuine boys and girls now as our seniors were in their time? Has the great advance in education taken rather too long a stride; and are we in these modern days, just the least trifle in the world too well brought up? - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#93. Marian and I avoided all further reference to that other subject, which by her consent and mine, was not to be mentioned between us yet. It was not the less present in our minds
it was rather kept alive in them by the restraint which we had imposed on ourselves - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#94. We neither know nor judge ourselves; others may judge, but cannot know us. God alone judges and knows us. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#95. Our words are giants when they do us an injury, and dwarfs when they do us a service. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#96. Not the shadow of a doubt crossed my mind of the purpose for which the Count had left the theatre. His escape from us, that evening, was beyond all question the preliminary only to his escape from London. The mark of the Brotherhood was on his arm - I felt as certain of it as if he had shown me the brand; and the betrayal of the Brotherhood was on his conscience - I had seen it in his recognition of Pesca. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#97. When I get tired of new clunky writing, I resort to old fashioned story tellers, like Wilkie Collins. - Author: Sonia Rumzi
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#98. One of the rarest of all the intellectual accomplishments that a man can possess is the grand faculty of arranging his ideas. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#99. Perhaps you think you see a certain contradiction here? In that case, a word in your ear. Study your wife closely, for the next four-and-twenty hours. If your good lady doesn't exhibit something in the shape of a contradiction in that time, Heaven help you!
you have married a monster. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#100. It is quite possible that I may be altogether wrong in this idea. My own impression, however, is, that I am right. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#101. Nothing in this world is hidden forever. The gold which has lain for centuries unsuspected in the ground, reveals itself one day on the surface. Sand turns traitor, and betrays the footstep that has passed over it; water gives back to the tell-tale surface the body that has been drowned. Fire itself leaves the confession, in ashes, of the substance consumed in it. Hate breaks its prison-secrecy in the thoughts, through the doorway of the eyes; and Love finds the Judas who betrays it by a kiss. Look where we will, the inevitable law of revelation is one of the laws of nature: the lasting preservation of a secret is a miracle which the world has never yet seen. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#102. Well may your heart believe the truths I tell; 'Tis virtue makes the bliss, where'er we dwell. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#103. Think of me pretending to be a lawyer, and not knowing how to look low enough! - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#104. Did you fall asleep?"
"No. I couldn't sleep that night."
"You were restless?"
"I was thinking of you."
The answer almost unmanned me. Something in the tone, even more than in the words, went straight to my heart. It was only after pausing a little first that I was able to go on. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#105. She put the Trust into her sister's hand. Magdalen took it from her mechanically. "You!" she said, looking at her sister with the remembrance of all that she had vainly ventured, of all that she had vainly suffered, at St. Crux - "you have found it! - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#106. Evil report, with time and chance to help it, travels patiently, and travels far. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#107. There were also books of fairy tales, The Arabian Nights, James Payn's work, Anthony Trollope's Vicar of Bullhampton, Thomas Hardy's Desperate Remedies, a pile of Wilkie Collins - The New Magdalen, The Law and the Lady, The Two Destinies, and a new Jules Verne novel titled Child of the Cavern that she itched to get her hands on. And then, there it was - A Tale of Two Cities. - Author: Cassandra Clare
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#108. The most easily deteriorated of all the moral qualities is the quality called 'conscience.' In one state of a man's mind, his conscience is the severest judge that can pass sentence on him. In another state, he and his conscience are on the best possible terms with each other in the comfortable capacity of accomplices. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#109. The beauty of his face, artfully shadowed and lit from the fading firelight, it fairly stunned me. - Author: Juliette Miller
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#110. Characters to the Story, - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#111. I am thinking,' he remarked quietly, 'whether I shall add to the disorder in this room, by scattering your brains about the fireplace. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#112. Stothard learned the art of combining colors by closely studying butterflies wings; he would often say that no one knew what he owed to these tiny insects. A burnt stick and a barn door served Wilkie in lieu of pencil and canvas. - Author: Samuel Smiles
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#113. You musn't talk of a young lady *belonging* to anybody, as if she was a piece of furniture, or money in the Three per Cent, or something of that sort. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#114. The quiet twilight was still trembling on the topmost ridges of the heath; and the view of London below me had sunk into a black gulf in the shadow of the cloudy night, when I stood before the gate of my mother's cottage. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#115. There was no mistaking the expression on her face. I inspired her with the strongest emotions of abhorrence and disgust. Let me not be vain enough to say that no woman had ever looked at me in this manner before. I will only venture on the more modest assertion that no woman had ever let me perceive it yet. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#116. It is truly wonderful," he said, "how easily Society can console itself for the worst of its shortcomings with a little bit of clap-trap. The machinery it has set up for the detection of crime is miserably ineffective - and yet only invent a moral epigram, saying that it works well, and you blind everybody to its blunders from that moment. Crimes cause their own detection, do they? And murder will out (another moral epigram), will it? Ask Coroners who sit at inquests in large towns if that is true, Lady Glyde. Ask secretaries of life-assurance companies if that is true, Miss Halcombe. Read your own public journals. In the few cases that get into the newspapers, are there not instances of slain bodies found, and no murderers ever discovered? Multiply the cases that are reported by the cases that are not reported, and the bodies that are found by the bodies that are not found, and what conclusion do you come to? This. That there are foolish criminals who are discovered, and wise criminals who escape. The hiding of a crime, or the detection of a crime, what is it? A trial of skill between the police on one side, and the individual on the other. When the criminal is a brutal, ignorant fool, the police in nine cases out of ten win. When the criminal is a resolute, educated, highly-intelligent man, the police in nine cases out of ten lose. If the police win, you generally hear all about it. If the police lose, you generally hear nothing. And on this tottering foundation you build u - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#117. Perhaps I have dwelt too long already on the little story of our parting from home? I can only say, in excuse, that my heart is full of it; and what is not in my heart my pen won't write. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#118. I say what other people only think, and when all the rest of the world is in a conspiracy to accept the mask for the true face, mine is the rash hand that tears off the plump pasteboard, and shows the bare bones beneath. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#119. Men ruin themselves headlong for unworthy women. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#120. So do extremes meet; and such is sometimes the all-embracing capacity of the approval of a fool! - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#121. This is a miserable world", says the Sergeant. "Human life, Mr. Betteredge, is a sort of target
misfortune is always firing at it, and always hitting the mark". - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#122. ...At that moment, our fates entwined, Roses. I know not why, but I know it to be true - I am bound to you forevermore. There is nothing to regret. - Author: Juliette Miller
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#123. I dread the beginning of her new life more than words can tell, but I see some hope for her if she travels - none if she remains at home. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#124. We don't want genius in this country unless it is accompanied by respectability. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#125. The English intellect is sound, so far as it goes,but it has one grave defect
it is always cautious in the wrong place. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#126. Silence is safe. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#127. Yes! the books - the generous friends who met me without suspicion - the merciful masters who never used me ill! The only years of my life that I can look back on with something like pride ... Early and late, through the long winter nights and the quiet summer days, I drank at the fountain of knowledge, and never wearied of the draught. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#128. The secret which that confession discloses should be told with little effort, for it has indirectly escaped me already. The poor weak words, which have failed to describe Miss Fairlie, have succeeded in betraying the sensations she awakened in me. It is so with us all. Our words are giants when they do us an injury, and dwarfs when they do us a service.
I loved her. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#129. He has that quiet deference, that look of pleased, attentive interest, in listening to a woman, which, say what we may, we can none of us resist. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#130. No sensible man ever engages, unprepared, in a fencing match of words with a woman. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#131. This is the story of what a Woman's patience can endure, and what a Man's resolution can achieve. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#132. I have abstained from expressing any opinion, so far," says Mr. Superintendent, with his military voice still in good working order. "I have now only one remark to offer, on leaving this case in your hands. There IS such a thing, Sergeant, as making a mountain out of a mole-hill. Good-morning."
"There is also such a thing as making nothing out of a mole-hill, in consequence of your head being too high to see it." Having returned his brother-officer's compliment in those terms, Sergeant Cuff wheeled about, and walked away to the window by himself. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#133. After the lapse of a minute, I roused my manhood, and opened the door. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#134. That gate," said the under-gardener, turning with great deliberation towards the south, and embracing the whole of that part of England with one comprehensive sweep of his arm. "Curious, - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#135. She left the window - and I said to myself, The lady is dark. She moved forward a few steps - and I said to myself, The lady is young. She approached nearer - and I said to myself (with a sense of surprise which words failed me to express), The lady is ugly! - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#136. I turned towards the garden when the door had closed on her. Miss Halcombe was standing with her hat in her hand, and her shawl over her arm, by the large window that led out to the lawn, and was looking at me attentively. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#137. I must really rest a little before I can get on any farther. When I have reclined for a few minutes, with my eyes closed, and when Louis has refreshed my poor aching temples with a little eau-de-Cologne, I may be able to proceed. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#138. I ought to warn you, dear, he can get rather wild when he's hungry - Author: Wilkie Martin
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#139. The Fall of the House of Zeus is a riveting American saga of ambition, cunning, greed, corruption, high life and low life in the land of Faulkner and Grisham. These are good ol' boys gone bad with flair, private jets, and lots of cash to carry. Curtis Wilkie, a child of the South and a reporter's reporter, is the perfect match for this wild ride. - Author: Tom Brokaw
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#140. What lurking temptations to forbidden tenderness find their finding-places in a woman's dressing-gown, when she is alone in her room at night! - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#141. The clouds had gathered, within the last half-hour. The light was dull; the distance was dim. The lovely face of Nature met us, soft and still and colourless – met us without a smile. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#142. the window, turned back again into the room, - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#143. I wonder whether the gentlemen who make a business and a living out of writing books, ever find their own selves getting in the way of their subjects, like me? - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#144. Some people call that picturesque' said Sir Percival, pointing over the wide prospect with his half-finished walking-stick. 'I call it a blot on a gentleman's property. In my great-grandfather's time, the lake flowed to this place. Look at it now! It is not four feet deep anywhere, and it is all puddles and pools. I wish I could afford to drain it, and plant it all over. My bailiff (a superstitious idiot) says he is quite sure the lake has a curse on it, like the Dead Sea. What do you think, Fosco? It looks just the place for a murder, doesn't it?'
'My good Percival!' remonstrated the Count. 'What is your solid English sense thinking of? The water is too shallow to hide the body; and there is sand everywhere to print off the murderer's footsteps. It is, upon the whole, the very worst place for a murder that I ever set my eyes on. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#145. Forgive me, dear Mr. Troy! I am very unhappy, and very unreasonable - but I am only a woman, and you must not expect too much from me. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#146. The attentions of Wilkie Mackenzie were a conquest, an aspiration, a dream. The fresh memory of all those women, batting their eyelashes coquettishly, it boiled in my veins. One in particular. And Wilkie looked almost amused, now that his own jealousy had eased. "Are you jealous, my love? - Author: Juliette Miller
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#147. expression - nothing - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#148. Tell him next, that crimes cause their own detection. There's another bit of copy-book morality for you, Fosco. Crimes cause their own detection. What infernal humbug! - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#149. Now I will be anything else you please, except dull. You may say I have been dull already? As I am an honest woman, I don't agree with you. There are some people who bring dull minds to their reading - and them blame the writer for it. I say no more. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#150. Some of us rush through life and some of us saunter through life. Mrs. Vesey sat through life. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#151. Leave me my delusion, dearest! I must have that to cherish, and to comfort me, if I have nothing else! - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#152. The servants were so surprised at seeing me that they hurried and bustled absurdly, and made all sorts of annoying mistakes. Even the butler, who was old enough to have known better, brought me a bottle of port that was chilled. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#153. ...Again I say it, therefore walk, and be merry;
walk, and be healthy; walk, and be your own master! walk, to enjoy, to observe, to
improve, as no riders can! walk, and you are the best peripatetic impersonation of
holiday enjoyment that is to be met with on the surface of this work-a-day world! - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#154. I should never, perhaps, have heard even the name of the woman who has lived in all my thoughts, who has possessed herself of all my energies, who has become the one guiding influence that now directs the purpose of my life. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#155. I never paid you a compliment, Rachel, in my life. Successful love may sometimes use the language of flattery, I admit. But hopeless love, dearest, always speaks the truth. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#156. Are you free of each other, pretty Mrs. Valeria, by common consent of both parties? - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#157. When two members of a family or two intimate friends are separated, and one goes abroad and one remains at home, the return of the relative or friend who has been travelling always seems to place the relative or friend who has been staying at home at a painful disadvantage when the two first meet. The sudden encounter of the new thoughts and new habits eagerly gained in the one case, with the old thoughts and old habits passively preserved in the other, seems at first to part the sympathies of the most loving relatives and the fondest friends, and to set a sudden strangeness, unexpected by both and uncontrollable by both, between them on either side. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#158. So the ghostly figure which has haunted these pages, as it haunted my life, goes down into the impenetrable gloom. Like a shadow she first came to me in the loneliness of the night. Like a shadow she passes away in the loneliness of the dead - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#159. He was an object to laugh at - he was an object to weep over. His enemies, if a creature so wretched could have had enemies, would have forgiven him, on seeing him in his new dress. His friends - had any of his friends been left - would have been less distressed if they had looked at him in his coffin, than if they had looked at him as he was now. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#160. Any woman who is sure of her own wits, is a match, at any time, for a man who is not sure of his own temper. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#161. May I ask a question, doctor? Is she pining in this close place, too? When her sister comes, will her sister take her away? - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#162. The little that he had said, thus far, had been sufficient to convince me that I was speaking to a gentleman. He had what I may venture to describe as the unsought self-possession, which is a sure sign of good breeding, not in England only, but everywhere else in the civilized world. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#163. She looked so irresistibly beautiful as she said those brave words that no man alive could have steel his heart against her. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#164. The best men are not consistent in good - why should the worst men be consistent in evil? - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#165. If it's any comfort to you, collar me again. You don't in the least know how to do it; but I'll overlook your awkwardness in consideration of your feelings. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#166. The fool's crime is the crime that is found out and the wise man's crime is the crime that is not found out. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#167. heard mother speak of him. Father? Ah, dear! - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#168. The last word went like a bullet to my heart. My arm lost all sensation of the hand that grasped it. I never moved and never spoke. The sharp autumn breeze that scattered the dead leaves at our feet, came as cold to me, on a sudden, as if my own mad hopes were dead leaves, too, whirled away by the wind like the rest. Hopes! Betrothed, or not betrothed, she was equally far from me. Would other men have remembered that in my place? Not if they loved her as I did. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#169. Now, Betteredge, exert those sharp wits of yours, and observe the conclusion to which the Colonel's instructions point!" I instantly exerted my wits. They were of the slovenly English sort; and they consequently muddled it all - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#170. Nature's voice and Nature's beauty
God's soothing and purifying angels of the soul
speak to me most tenderly and most happily, at such times as these. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#171. Here is one more book that depicts the struggle of a human creature, under those opposing influences of Good and Evil, - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#172. Inevitably. But women, as you may have observed, have no principles. My family don't feel my pangs of conscience. The end being to bring you and Rachel together again, my wife and daughters pass over the means employed to gain it, as composedly as if they were Jesuits." "I - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#173. If they show themselves disposed to accept their proper position I will assist them to start virtuously in life by a present of one hundred pounds each. This sum I authorize you to pay them, on their personal application, with the necessary acknowledgment of receipt; and on the express understanding that the transaction, so completed, is to be the beginning and the end of my connection with them. The - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#174. There are three things that none of the young men of the present generation can do.They can't sit over their wine;they can't play at wist;and they can't pay a lady a compliment. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#175. I agree with the late William Cobbett about picking a wife. See that she chews her food well and sets her foot down firmly on the ground when she walks, and you're all right. Selina Goby was all right in both these respects, which was one reason for marrying her. I had another reason, likewise, entirely of my own discovering. Selina, being a single woman, made me pay so much a week for her board and services. Selina, being my wife, couldn't charge for her board, and would have to give me her services for nothing. That was the point of view I looked at it from. Economy - with a dash of love. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#176. Wilkie got a bigger popular vote than FDR did, which of course meant nothing but it scared FDR. Hell, - Author: Harry Homewood
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#177. How inestimably important in its moral results - and therefore how praiseworthy in itself - is the act of eating and drinking! The social virtues center in the stomach. A man who is not a better husband, father, and brother after dinner than before is, digestively speaking, an incurably vicious man. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#178. We had our breakfasts
whatever happens in a house, robbery or murder, it doesn't matter, you must have your breakfast. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#179. The bleak autumn wind was still blowing, and the solemn, surging moan of it in the wood was dreary and awful to hear through the night silence. Issac felt strangely wakeful. He resolved, as he lay down in bed, to keep the candle alight until he began to grow sleepy; for there was something unendurably depressing in the bare idea of lying awake in the darkness, listening to the dismal, ceaseless moan of the wind in the wood. ("The Dream Woman") - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#180. He was, out of all sight (as I remember him), the nicest boy that ever spun a top or broke a window. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#181. He pushed himself a fraction deeper, still exploring his lazy rhythm. I could feel his thickness beginning to stretch me. The sensation was dizzying, and my vision blurred at the edges.
"Is this what my Roses wants from me?" he whispered in my ear, biting the soft flesh of my lobe between his teeth. "Say it to me."
"Aye, warrior," I gasped. - Author: Juliette Miller
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#182. Ah! How much happiness there is in life if we will only have the patience to wait for it. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#183. You don't have to speak at all
I know what you'd say ...
- Laura - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#184. A young man who plays his part in society by looking on in green spectacles, and listening with a sickly smile, may be a prodigy of intellect and a mine of virtue, but he is hardly, perhaps, the right sort of man to have at a picnic. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#185. I did what you would probably have done in my place. I modestly declared myself to be quite unequal to the task imposed upon me - and I privately felt, all the time, that I was quite clever enough to perform it. - Author: Wilkie Collins
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#186. The deserts of Arabia are innocent of our civilised desolation-the ruins of Palestine are incapable of our modern gloom! - Author: Wilkie Collins
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