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Elizabeth Charles

  • ... to know how to say what others only know how to think, is what makes men poets or sages; and to dare to say what others only dare to think, makes men martyrs or reformers, or both.

  • She makes long, long prayers, they say — so long that she has been found in the morning fainting on the cold floor of the convent church. ... They all say she will have a very high place in heaven; but it seems to me, unless there is a very great difference between the highest and lowest places in heaven, it is a great deal of trouble to take.

  • The devil never seems so busy as where the saints are, which is another reason why I feel how difficult it would be to be religious.

  • But the way to wealth through the quill seems long ...

  • She always sees what you are aiming at, and with her keen eyes cuts straight through all your circumlocutions, and obliges you to descend direct on your point, with more rapidity than grace.

  • 'There is no doubt, I suppose,' retorted our grandmother, 'about heaven repaying you; but there seems to be a good deal of doubt whether it will be in current coin.'

  • The old creep out at the churchyard gate, while the young bound in at the front door.

  • ... the devil makes a great deal of the religion we see ...

  • ... great inventors and discoverers seem to have made their discoveries and inventions as it were by the way, in the course of their everyday life.

Elizabeth Charles, English writer

(1828 - 1896)

Full name: Elizabeth Rundle Charles.