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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Charles Reade
 
  A beautiful face fires our imagination, and we see higher virtue and intelligence in it than we can detect in its owner’s head or heart when we descend to calm inspection.  1
  And this is the course of Nature: there is nothing like suffering to enlighten the giddy brain, widen the narrow mind, improve the trivial heart.  2
  Art is not imitation, but illusion.  3
  Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.  4
  Difficulties spur us whenever they do not check us.  5
  Ever keep thy promise, cost what it may; this it is to be “true as steel.”  6
  Example is contagious behavior.  7
  Good things have to be engraved on the memory; bad ones stick there of themselves.  8
  I have found the saying of the ancients true, that better is a bright comrade on a weary road than a horse-litter.  9
  Judicious absence is a weapon.  10
  Necessity is the only successful adviser.  11
  Prudence is not poverty; it is the thorny road to wealth.  12
  That touchstone Opportunity.  13
  The fortunate man is he who, born poor or nobody, works gradually up to wealth and consideration, and, having got them, dies before he finds they were not worth so much trouble.  14
  We go and fancy that everybody is thinking of us. But he is not; he is like us—he is thinking of himself.  15
  When two loving hearts are torn asunder, it is a shade better to be the one that is driven away into action than the bereaved twin that petrifies at home.  16
 
 
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