Literary

642 – “To arrive at a just estimate of a renowned man’s character one must judge it by the standards of his time, not ours. Judged by the standards of one century, the noblest characters of an earlier on lose much of their lustre; judged by the standards of today, there is probably no illustrious man of four or five centuries ago whose character could meet the test at all points.”

–Mark Twain
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621 – “I have been very fortunate in worldly matters; many men have worked much harder, and not succeeded half so well, but I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.”

–David Copperfield in Charles Dicken’s David Copperfield
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569 – “It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy;— it is disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.”

–Marianne Dashwood in Jane Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility

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