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I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning...
J. Priestley
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A novelist who writes nothing for 10 years finds his reputation rising. Because I keep on producing books they say there must be something wrong with this fellow.
J. Priestley
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The more we elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.
J. Priestley
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Jane Austen
Nobody minds having what is too good for them.
Jane Austen
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Respect a man, he will do it the more.
James Howell
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All we can do is be better prepared today than yesterday and better prepared tomorrow than today.
James Howell
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The creditor hath a better memory than the debtor.
James Howell
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Jane Austen
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
Jane Austen
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Jane Austen
Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.
Jane Austen
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Jane Austen
From politics, it was an easy step to silence.
Jane Austen
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Jane Austen
It is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are they the result of previous study?
Jane Austen
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Jane Austen
An engaged woman is always more agreeable than a disengaged. She is satisfied with herself. Her cares are over, and she feels that she may exert all her powers of pleasing without suspicion. All is safe with a lady engaged; no harm can be done.
Jane Austen
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Jane Austen
To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.
Jane Austen
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Jane Austen
What wild imaginations one forms where dear self is concerned! How sure to be mistaken!
Jane Austen
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I think of myself as a storyteller, and that is it.
Tanith Lee
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I would much prefer to be a judge than a coal miner because of the absence of falling coal.
Peter Cook
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True education flowers at the point when delight falls in love with responsibility.
Philip Pullman
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Men pass in front of our eyes like butterflies, creatures of a brief season. We love them; they are brave, proud, beautiful, clever; and they die almost at once. They die so soon that our hearts are continually racked with pain.
Philip Pullman
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We don't need lists of rights and wrongs, tables of do's and don'ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.
Philip Pullman
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Everything has a meaning, if only we could read it.
Philip Pullman
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Argue with anything else, but don't argue with your own nature.
Philip Pullman
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That's the duty of the old, to be anxious on behalf of the young. And the duty of the young is to scorn the anxiety of the old.
Philip Pullman
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Being in love was like China: you knew it was there, and no doubt it was very interesting, and some people went there, but I never would. I'd spend all my life without ever going to China, but it wouldn't matter, because there was all the rest of the world to visit.
Philip Pullman
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Many a man is praised for his reserve and so-called shyness when he is simply too proud to risk making a fool of himself.
Joseph Priestley
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I never read the life of any important person without discovering that he knew more and could do more than I could ever hope to know or do in half a dozen lifetimes.
Joseph Priestley
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When I was young there was no respect for the young, and now that I am old there is no respect for the old. I missed out coming and going.
Joseph Priestley
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She was a handsome woman of forty-five and would remain so for many years.
Joseph Priestley
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In America journalism is apt to be regarded as an extension of history: in Britain, as an extension of conversation.
Anthony Sampson
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The Opposition aren't really the Opposition. They're just called the Opposition. But in fact they are the Opposition in exile. The Civil Service are the Opposition in residence.
Antony Jay
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Jane Austen
To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.
Jane Austen
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