Saturday, April 14, 2018

My Victorian Year #15

Still reading Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope.

Quotes from Crime and Punishment:
No, it's better in Russia: here, at least, one can blame other people for everything, and find excuses for oneself. (341)
Human nature is a mirror, sir, a mirror of the most transparent kind! (408)
Quotes from Orley Farm:
But the judge was an odd man in many of the theories of his life. One of them, with reference to his children, was very odd, and altogether opposed to the usual practice of the world. It was this, — that they should be allowed, as far as was practicable, to do what they liked. Now the general opinion of the world is certainly quite the reverse — namely this, that children, as long as they are under the control of their parents, should be hindered and prevented in those things to which they are most inclined. Of course the world in general, in carrying out this practice, excuses it by an assertion, — made to themselves or others, — that children customarily like those things which they ought not to like. But the judge had an idea quite opposed to this.
“Mr. Chaffanbrass no doubt is a very clever man, and it may be wise in such a case as this to have the services of a barrister who is perhaps unequalled in his power of cross-examining a witness.” “Does his power consist in making a witness speak the truth, or in making him conceal it?”
There are things one can’t talk about, — not to anybody. One feels as though one would burst in mentioning it. I do, I know.” Martha Biggs could not but feel that this was hard, but she knew that friendship is nothing if it be not long enduring.
Mrs. Furnival would tell Rachel but would not tell her. This was very, very hard, as Miss Biggs felt. But, nevertheless, friendship, sincere friendship is long enduring, and true patient merit will generally receive at last its appropriate reward.
There is no human bliss equal to twelve hours of work with only six hours in which to do it.
Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.


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