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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Critic
Nation: English
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Boys are capital fellows in their own way, among their mates; but they are unwholesome companions for grown people.

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Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.

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Clap an extinguisher upon your irony if you are unhappily blessed with a vein of it.

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Credulity is the man's weakness, but the child's strength.

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For thy sake, tobacco, I would do anything but die.

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I love to lose myself in other men's minds.

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It is good to love the unknown.

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Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.

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My theory is to enjoy life, but the practice is against it.

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Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever puts one down without the feeling of disappointment.

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Riches are chiefly good because they give us time.

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Shakespeare is one of the last books one should like to give up, perhaps the one just before the Dying Service in a large Prayer book.

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She unbent her mind afterwards - over a book.

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The human species, according to the best theory I can form of it, is composed of two distinct races, the men who borrow and the men who lend.

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The man must have a rare recipe for melancholy, who can be dull in Fleet Street.

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The measure of choosing well, is, whether a man likes and finds good in what he has chosen.

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The red-letter days, now become, to all intents and purposes, dead-letter days.

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The teller of a mirthful tale has latitude allowed him. We are content with less than absolute truth.

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To be sick is to enjoy monarchical prerogatives.

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A book reads the better which is our own, and has been so long known to us, that we know the topography of its blots, and dog's ears, and can trace the dirt in it to having read it at tea with buttered muffins.

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My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more.

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Let us live for the beauty of our own reality.

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Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever.

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Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.

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The most common error made in matters of appearance is the belief that one should disdain the superficial and let the true beauty of one's soul shine through. If there are places on your body where this is a possibility, you are not attractive - you are leaking.

Tags: Beauty, Soul, True

We grow gray in our spirit long before we grow gray in our hair.

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We gain nothing by being with such as ourselves. We encourage one another in mediocrity. I am always longing to be with men more excellent than myself.

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I have had playmates, I have had companions; In my days of childhood, in my joyful school days - All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

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New Year's Day is every man's birthday.

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Man is a gaming animal. He must always be trying to get the better in something or other.

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What is reading, but silent conversation.

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I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early.

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I'd like to grow very old as slowly as possible.

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Pain is life - the sharper, the more evidence of life.

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The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth and have it found out by accident.

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He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides.

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I am determined that my children shall be brought up in their father's religion, if they can find out what it is.

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The beggar wears all colors fearing none.

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A laugh is worth a hundred groans in any market.

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Anything awful makes me laugh. I misbehaved once at a funeral.

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I could never hate anyone I knew.

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Nothing puzzles me more than the time and space; and yet nothing troubles me less.

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Some people have a knack of putting upon you gifts of no real value, to engage you to substantial gratitude. We thank them for nothing.

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A pun is not bound by the laws which limit nicer wit. It is a pistol let off at the ear; not a feather to tickle the intellect.

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Asparagus inspires gentle thoughts.

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Human behavior in the midst of hardship caught my attention very early on, and my first stories were all pictures, no words.

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Accept what people offer. Drink their milkshakes. Take their love.

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However far fiction writers stray from their own lives and experiences - and I stray pretty far from mine - I think, ultimately, that we may be writing what we need to write in some way, albeit unconsciously.

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As my early drawings warned me, where humans go, lions and tidal waves follow.

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I like to be surprised. The best writing is when it defies me, when it starts going a different way than I had planned.

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I like to write first-person because I like to become the character I'm writing.

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I love the most the students with troubled lives.

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I think I write fiction for the opportunity to get beyond the limits of my own life.

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I wanted to connect a modern story with a myth that I had read.

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Love comes in far more shapes and sizes than what the family-values crowd condones, of course.

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Love stories are probably all I've ever been able to write or want to write.

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The roundness of life's design may be a sign that there is a presence beyond ourselves.

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When I was a kid... I needed to belong.

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When I was a kid, I was surrounded by girls: older sisters, older girl cousins just down the street... except for an older boy named Vito who threw rocks. Each year I would wish for a baby brother. It never happened.

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