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“Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; / I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”
“What a never-failing comfort any kind of art is.”
“... among our acquaintances those who are thoroughly stupid or ill-natured are not trouble — we simply drop them and forget them. Those who fret us are the people that ought to be charming, — would be, but for some defect or deforming excrescence that we dare not even try to pluck out, lest the whole moral nature bleed to death.”
“For me, personally, a poem is a thing that sings. ... I see some of them have been set to music, but that proves nothing. Musical words seldom set well: they have the tune in them already, and will not take another.”
“Some lives would seem to be scarcely complete without death; it comes as such a beautiful, harmonious rounding off; with others of us it is a horrible discord, the sudden snap of a tiger's tooth ...”
“Well, it is nice to have been young, but I like being old best; one does not fit into the world at first somehow, and tender flesh will wince at getting its corners rubbed off.”
Sarah Williams, English poet
(1837 - 1868)