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  • The Devil ... is much better served by exploiting our virtues than by appealing to our lower passions; consequently, it is when the Devil looks most noble and reasonable that he is most dangerous.

  • Faith ... is nothing at all tangible. It is simply believing God; and, like sight, it is nothing apart from its object. You might as well shut your eyes and look inside, and see whether you have sight, as to look inside to discover whether you have faith.

  • ... Death was but the unfolding of a long bud-bound flower; the bursting forth of a rock-hampered fountain.

  • Whether you think of it as heavenly or as earthly, if you love life, immortality is no consolation for death.

  • Jane had that happy disposition which would like to imagine that every one really wishes the well-being of his neighbour and struggles, though sometimes rather disastrously, to help him towards it.

  • Outrage and possibility are in all the poems we know ...

  • Most of us write because we love to read. You have to love words and what they do to you to want to spend so much time wrestling them. Books make love to us; we want to make love back. Books speak the truths we suspect. They take us into a realm that only art can open, and send us back to our world refreshed. They are mentors; they initiate us.

  • ... a preface is a species of literary luxury, where an author, like a lover, is privileged to be egotistical ...