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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: But the cloud never comes in that quarter of the horizonfrom which we watch for But the cloud never comes in that quarter of the horizon
from which we watch for it.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: The dull gray days of the preceding winter and spring, so uneventless and monotonous, seemed The dull gray days of the preceding winter and spring, so uneventless and monotonous, seemed more associated with what she cared for now above all price. She would fain have caught at the skirts of that departing time, and prayed it to return, and give her back what she had too little valued while it was yet in her possession. What a vain show life seemed! How unsubstantial, and flickering, and flitting! It was as if from some aerial belfry, high up above the stir and jar of the earth, there was a bell continually tolling, "All are shadows! All are passing! All is past!" And when the morning dawned, cool and gray, like many a happier morning before ... it seemed as if the terrible night were unreal as a dream; it, too, was a shadow. It, too, was past.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: Well!" said John Slater, after having acknowledged his nose and his likeness; "I could laugh Well!" said John Slater, after having acknowledged his nose and his likeness; "I could laugh at a jest as well as e'er the best on 'em, though it did tell agen mysel, if I were not clemming" (his eyes filled with tears; he was a poor, pinched, sharp-featured man, with a gentle and melancholy expression of countenance), "and if I could keep from thinking of them at home, as is clemming; but with their cries for food ringing in my ears, and making me afeard of going home, and wonder if I should hear 'em wailing out, if I lay cold and drowned at th' bottom o' th' canal, there - why, man, I cannot laugh at aught. It seems to make me sad that there is any as can make game on what they've never knowed; as can make such laughable pictures on men, whose very hearts within 'em are so raw and sore as ours were and are, God help us." John
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: Some wishes crossed my mind and dimly cheered it, And one or two poor melancholy Some wishes crossed my mind and dimly cheered it, And one or two poor melancholy pleasures, Each in the pale unwarming light of hope, Silvering its flimsy wing, flew silent by - Moths in the moonbeam!' COLERIDGE.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: The meanest thing to which we bid adieu, Loses its meanness in the parting hour. The meanest thing to which we bid adieu, Loses its meanness in the parting hour.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: The traditions of ... bygone times, even to the smallest social particular, enable one to The traditions of ... bygone times, even to the smallest social particular, enable one to understand more clearly the circumstances with contributed to the formation of character. The daily life into which people are born, and into which they are absorbed before they are well aware, forms chains which only one in a hundred has moral strength enough to despise, and to break when the right time comes - when an inward necessity for independent individual action arises, which is superior to all outward conventionalities. Therefore it is well to know what were the chains of daily domestic habit which were the natural leading-strings of our forefathers before they learnt to go alone.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: He had not an ounce of superfluous flesh on his bones, and leanness goes a He had not an ounce of superfluous flesh on his bones, and leanness goes a great way towards gentility.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: While these thoughts crossed his mind, Margaret clung to the doorpost to steady herself: but While these thoughts crossed his mind, Margaret clung to the doorpost to steady herself: but a film came over her eyes - he was only just in time to catch her. 'Mother - mother!' cried he; 'Come down - they are gone, and Miss Hale is hurt!' He bore her into the dining-room, and laid her on the sofa there; laid her down softly, and looking on her pure white face, the sense of what she was to him came upon him so keenly that he spoke it out in his pain:
'Oh, my Margaret - my Margaret! no one can tell what you are to me! Dead - cold as you lie there, you are the only woman I ever loved! Oh, Margaret - Margaret!' Inarticulately as he spoke, kneeling by her, and rather moaning than saying the words, he started up, ashamed of himself, as his mother came in. She saw nothing, but her son a little paler, a little sterner than usual.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: Where now was her proud motto, 'Fais ce que dois, advienne que pourra'? If she Where now was her proud motto, 'Fais ce que dois, advienne que pourra'? If she had but dared to bravely tell the truth as regarded herself, defying them to find out what she refused to tell concerning another, how light of heart she would now have felt! Not humbled before God, as having failed in trust towards Him; not degraded and abased in Mr. Thornton's sight.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: He came up straight to her father, whose hands he took and wrung without a He came up straight to her father, whose hands he took and wrung without a word - holding them in his for a minute or two, during which time his face, his eyes, his look, told of more sympathy than could be put into words.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: She found Nicholas busily engaged in making a penny spin on the dresser, for the She found Nicholas busily engaged in making a penny spin on the dresser, for the amusement of three little children, who were clinging to him in a fearless manner. He, as well as they, was smiling at a good long spin;
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: Miss Hale might love another - was indifferent and contemptuous to him - but he Miss Hale might love another - was indifferent and contemptuous to him - but he would yet do her faithful acts of service of which she should never know.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: He had never known her value, he thought, till now. He had never known her value, he thought, till now.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: And I too change perpetually - now this, now that - now disappointed and peevish And I too change perpetually - now this, now that - now disappointed and peevish because all is not exactly as I had pictured it, and now suddenly discovering that the reality is far more beautiful than I had imagined it.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: O, it ended in my having nothing to say, when I sat down to write. O, it ended in my having nothing to say, when I sat down to write. But sometimes, when I get hold of a book, I wonder why I let such a poor reason stop me. It does not others.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: By degrees they spoke of education , and the book-learning that forms one part of By degrees they spoke of education , and the book-learning that forms one part of it; and the result was that Ruth determined to get up early all throughout the bright summer mornings, to acquire the knowledge hereafter to be give to her child. Her mind was uncultivated, her reading scant; beyond the mere mechanical arts of education she knew nothing; but she had a refined taste, and excellent sense and judgment to separate the true from the false.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: No one knows till they have tried, what power of bearing lies in them. No one knows till they have tried, what power of bearing lies in them.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: Id her beware of French principles, which had led the French to cut off their Id her beware of French principles, which had led the French to cut off their king's and queen's heads.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: There are stages in the contemplation and endurance of great sorrow, which endow men with There are stages in the contemplation and endurance of great sorrow, which endow men with the same earnestness and clearness of thought that in some of old took the form of Prophecy. To those who have large capability of loving and suffering, united with great power of firm endurance, there comes a time in their woe, when they are lifted out of the contemplation of their individual case into a
searching inquiry into the nature of their calamity, and the remedy
(if remedy there be) which may prevent its recurrence to others as
well as to themselves.
Hence the beautiful, noble efforts which are from time to time
brought to light, as being continuously made by those who have once hung on the cross of agony, in order that others may not suffer as they have done; one of the grandest ends which sorrow can
accomplish; the sufferer wrestling with God's messenger until a
blessing is left behind, not for one alone but for generations.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: I only mean, Bessy, there's good and bad in everything in this world; and as I only mean, Bessy, there's good and bad in everything in this world; and as you felt the bad up here, I thought it was but fair you should know the bad down there.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: If Miss Beresford had not been in such a hurry to marry a poor country If Miss Beresford had not been in such a hurry to marry a poor country clergyman, there was no knowing what she might not have become. But Dixon was too loyal to desert her in her affliction and downfall (alias her married life).
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: By the soft green light in the woody glade, On the banks of moss where By the soft green light in the woody glade, On the banks of moss where thy childhood played; By the household tree, thro' which thine eye First looked in love to the summer sky.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: When oranges came in, a curious proceeding was gone through. Miss Jenkyns did not like When oranges came in, a curious proceeding was gone through. Miss Jenkyns did not like to cut the fruit, for, as she observed, the juice all ran out nobody knew where, sucking [only I think she used some more recondite word] was in fact the only way of enjoying oranges; but then there was the unpleasant association with a ceremony frequently gone through by little babies; and so, after dessert, in orange season, Miss Jenkyns and Miss Matty used to rise up, possess themselves each of an orange in silence, and withdraw to the privacy of their own rooms to indulge in sucking oranges.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: She had a bracelet on one taper arm, which would fall down over her round She had a bracelet on one taper arm, which would fall down over her round wrist. Mr. Thornton watched the replacing of this troublesome ornament with far more attention than he listened to her father. It seemed as if it fascinated him to see her push it up impatiently, until it tightened her soft flesh; and then to mark the loosening - the fall. He could almost have exclaimed - 'There it goes, again!
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: Trust a girl of sixteen for knowing well if she is pretty; concerning her plainness Trust a girl of sixteen for knowing well if she is pretty; concerning her plainness she may be ignorant.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: ... I have never seen mountains before, and they fill me and oppress me so ... I have never seen mountains before, and they fill me and oppress me so much that I could not sleep; I must keep awake this first night, and see that they don't fall on the earth and overwhelm it. [- Miss Benson to her brother, Thurstan]
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: Have I not care? Do I not know anxiety, though I go about well-dressed, and Have I not care? Do I not know anxiety, though I go about well-dressed, and have food enough? Oh, Bessy, God is just, and our lots are well portioned out by Him, although none but He knows the bitterness of our souls.' 'I
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: I do not look on self-indulgent, sensual people as worthy of my hatred; I simply I do not look on self-indulgent, sensual people as worthy of my hatred; I simply look upon them with contempt for their poorness of character.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: 'Your beauty was the first that won the place, And scal'd the walls of my 'Your beauty was the first that won the place, And scal'd the walls of my undaunted heart, Which, captive now, pines in a caitive case, Unkindly met with rigour for desert; - Yet not the less your servant shall abide, In spite of rude repulse or silent pride.' WILLIAM FOWLER.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: And flowering all the year round, especially at Christmas - make your picture complete,' said And flowering all the year round, especially at Christmas - make your picture complete,' said he. 'No,
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: A solitary life cherishes mere fancies until they become manias. A solitary life cherishes mere fancies until they become manias.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: He swallowed down the dry choking sobs which had been heaving up from his heart He swallowed down the dry choking sobs which had been heaving up from his heart hitherto ...
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: I think I will never sit down to play again! I think I will never sit down to play again!
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: The more it rains and blows, the more certain we are to have him. The more it rains and blows, the more certain we are to have him.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: Somehow, the very errors and faults of one individual served to call out the higher Somehow, the very errors and faults of one individual served to call out the higher excellencies in another, and so they re-acted upon each other, and the result of short discords was exceeding harmony and peace.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: All the earth, though it were full of kind hearts, is but a desolation and All the earth, though it were full of kind hearts, is but a desolation and desert place to a mother when her only child is absent.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: Mr. Thornton felt that in this influx no one was speaking to Margaret, and was Mr. Thornton felt that in this influx no one was speaking to Margaret, and was restless under this apparent neglect. But he never went near her himself; he did not look at her. Only, he knew what she was doing - or not doing - better than anyone else in the room. Margaret was so unconscious of herself, and so much amused by watching other people, that she never thought whether she was left unnoticed or not.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: But Mr. Hale resolved that he would not be disturbed by any such nonsensical idea; But Mr. Hale resolved that he would not be disturbed by any such nonsensical idea; so he lay awake, determining not to think about it.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: She did not answer. She could not tell what words to use. She was afraid She did not answer. She could not tell what words to use. She was afraid of saying anything, lest the passion of anger, dislike, indignation - whatever it was that was boiling up in her breast - should find vent in cries and screams, or worse, in raging words that could never be forgotten. It was as if the piece of solid ground on which she stood had broken from the shore, and she was drifting out to the infinite sea alone.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: And as for your hair!it's worse than ever.Can't you drench it in water to take And as for your hair!it's worse than ever.Can't you drench it in water to take those untidy twists and twirls out of it?'
'It only makes it curl more and more whey it gets dry,' said Molly, sudden tears coming into her eyes as a recollection came before her like a picture seen long ago and forgotten for years-a young mother washing and dressing her little girl; placing the half-naked darling on her knee, and twining the wet rings of dark hair fondly round her fingers, and then, in ecstasy of fondness, kissing the little curly head.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: Why do you strike?' asked Margaret. 'Striking is leaving off work till you get your Why do you strike?' asked Margaret. 'Striking is leaving off work till you get your own rate of wages, is it not? You must not wonder at my ignorance; where I come from I never heard of a strike.
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: As if unwilling to awaken the unused echoes. At As if unwilling to awaken the unused echoes. At
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Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: But I'm tired of this bustle. Everybody rushing over everybody, in their hurry to get But I'm tired of this bustle. Everybody rushing over everybody, in their hurry to get rich.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: Oh, Mr. Thornton, I am not good enough!''Not good enough! Don't mock my own deep Oh, Mr. Thornton, I am not good enough!'
'Not good enough! Don't mock my own deep feeling of unworthiness.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: It seems strange to think, that what gives us most hope for the future should It seems strange to think, that what gives us most hope for the future should be called Dolores, said Margaret.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: It is right to hope for the best about everybody, and not to expect the It is right to hope for the best about everybody, and not to expect the worst. This sounds like a truism, but it has comforted me before now, and some day you'll find it useful. One has always to try to think more of others than of oneself, and it is best not to prejudge people on the bad side.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: My father once made us," she began, "keep a diary, in two columns; on one My father once made us," she began, "keep a diary, in two columns; on one side we were to put down in the morning what we thought would be the course and events of the coming day, and at night we were to put down on the other side what really had happened. It would be to some people rather a sad way of telling their lives," (a tear dropped upon my hand at these words) - "I don't mean that mine has been sad, only so very different to what I expected.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: She walked off to Hurst; and got a good priest there-- one whom she had She walked off to Hurst; and got a good priest there-- one whom she had known at Antwerp-- to write for her. But no answer came. It was like crying into the awful stillness of night.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: I just wished to know if you mean to marry the girl. Spite of what I just wished to know if you mean to marry the girl. Spite of what you said of her lightness, I ha' known her long enough to be sure she'll make a noble wife for any one, let him be what he may; and I mean to stand by her like a brother; and if you mean rightly, you'll not think the worse on me for what I've now said; and if
but no, I'll not say what I'll do to the man who wrongs a hair of her head. He shall rue it to the longest day he lives, that's all. Now, sir, what I ask of you is this. If you mean fair and honourable by her, well and good: but if not, for your own sake as well as hers, leave her alone, and never speak to her more.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: It seemed as though he gave way all at once; he was so languid that It seemed as though he gave way all at once; he was so languid that he could not control his thoughts; they would wander to her; they would bring back the scene,- not of his repulse and rejection the day before but the looks, the actions of the day before that. He went along the crowded streets mechanically, winding in and out among the people, but never seeing them, -almost sick with longing for that one half-hour-that one brief space of time when she clung to him, and her heart beat against his-to come once again.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: When we are heavy-laden in our hearts, it falls in better with our humor to When we are heavy-laden in our hearts, it falls in better with our humor to reveal our case in our own way and our own time.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: A little credulity helps one on through life very smoothly. A little credulity helps one on through life very smoothly.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: Or, in the triumph of the crowded procession, have the helpless been trampled on, instead Or, in the triumph of the crowded procession, have the helpless been trampled on, instead of being gently lifted aside out of the roadway of the conqueror, whom they have no power to accompany on his march? It
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: And she swept out of it with the noiseless grace of an offended princess. And she swept out of it with the noiseless grace of an offended princess.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: As to th' language, I'm welly used to it; it dunnot matter to me. I'm As to th' language, I'm welly used to it; it dunnot matter to me. I'm not nesh mysel' when I'm put out. It were th' fact that I were na wanted theer, no more nor ony other place, as I minded.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: But certainly, their lives are such as very often produce either inordinate self-sufficiency, or a But certainly, their lives are such as very often produce either inordinate self-sufficiency, or a morbid state of conscience.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: He tried to collar Fred, and over-balanced himself as Fred wrenched himself away, and fell He tried to collar Fred, and over-balanced himself as Fred wrenched himself away, and fell over the edge of the platform; not far; not deep; not above three feet; but oh! Mr Bell, somehow that fall killed him!'
'How awkward.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: Thus, you see, he arrived at the same end, via supposed duty, that he was Thus, you see, he arrived at the same end, via supposed duty, that he was previously pledged to via interest. I fancy a good number of us, when any line of action will promote our own interest, can make ourselves believe that reasons exist which compel us to it as a duty.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: People may flatter themselves just as much by thinking that their faults are always present People may flatter themselves just as much by thinking that their faults are always present to other people's minds, as if they believe that the world is always contemplating their individual charms and virtues.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: Mr Thornton sighed as he took in all this with one of his sudden comprehensive Mr Thornton sighed as he took in all this with one of his sudden comprehensive glances. And then he turned his back to the young ladies, and threw himself, with an effort, but with all his heart and soul, into a conversation with Mr Hale.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: One gives people in grief their own way. One gives people in grief their own way.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: But I got through the review, for all their Latin and French; I did, and But I got through the review, for all their Latin and French; I did, and if you doubt me, you just look at the end of the great ledger, turn it upside down, and you'll find I've copied out all the fine words they said of you: "careful observer," "strong nervous English," "rising philosopher."
Oh! I can nearly say it all off by heart, for many a time when I am frabbed by bad debts, or Osborne's bills, or moidered with accounts, I turn the ledger wrong way up, and smoke a pipe over it, while I read those pieces out of the review which speak about you, lad!
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: I shall arm myself with a knife" said Mr. Hale: "the days of eating fruit I shall arm myself with a knife" said Mr. Hale: "the days of eating fruit so primitively as you describe are over with me. I must pare it and quarter it before I can enjoy it.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: You know the proverb, Mr. Hale, 'set a beggar on horseback, and he'll ride to You know the proverb, Mr. Hale, 'set a beggar on horseback, and he'll ride to the devil' - well, some of these early manufacturers did ride to the devil in a magnificent style - crushing human bone and flesh beneath their horses' hoofs without remorse.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: am; but a man mun speak out for the truth, and when I see the am; but a man mun speak out for the truth, and when I see the world going all wrong at this time o' day, bothering itself wi' things it knows nought about, and leaving undone all the things that lie in disorder close at its hand - why, I say, leave a' this talk about religion alone, and set to work on what yo' see and know. That's my creed. It's simple, and not far to fetch, nor hard to work.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: The visit promised to be more honorable than agreeable, and Maggie almost wished herself at The visit promised to be more honorable than agreeable, and Maggie almost wished herself at home again.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: Yet within a miles, Margaret knew of house after house, where she would for her Yet within a miles, Margaret knew of house after house, where she would for her own sake, and her mother for her Aunt Shaw's, would be welcomed, if they came to gladness, or even in peace of mind. If they came sorrowing, and wanting sympathy in a complicated trouble like the present, then they would be felt as a shadow in all these houses of intimate acquaintances.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: Margaret was not a ready lover, but where she loved she loved passionately, and with Margaret was not a ready lover, but where she loved she loved passionately, and with no small degree of jealousy.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: It is well for us that we live at the present time, when everybody is It is well for us that we live at the present time, when everybody is logical and consistent.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: But the monotonous life led by invalids often makes them like children, inasmuch as thy But the monotonous life led by invalids often makes them like children, inasmuch as thy have neither of them any sense of proportion in events, and seem each to believe that the walls and curtains which shut in their world, and shut out everything else, must of necessity be larger than anything hidden beyond.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: I did try to remember what you said, and to think more of others, but I did try to remember what you said, and to think more of others, but it is so difficult sometimes [ ... ] live only in trying to do, and to be, as other people like. I don't see any end to it. I might as well never have lived.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: But between the busy heads and over-reaching arms he could see Charley and Sylvia, sitting But between the busy heads and over-reaching arms he could see Charley and Sylvia, sitting close together, talking and listening more than eating. She was in a new strange state of happiness not to be reasoned about, or accounted for, but in a state of more exquisite feeling than she had ever experienced before;
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: Now I love,and will love. Now I love,and will love.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: You may well smile, my lass; many a one would smile to have such a You may well smile, my lass; many a one would smile to have such a bonny face.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: What does it signify how we dress here at Cranford, where everybody knows us?" And What does it signify how we dress here at Cranford, where everybody knows us?" And if they go from home, their reason is equally cogent, "What does it signify how we dress here, where nobody knows us?
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: I am punished. Only let me hope. I am punished. Only let me hope.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: And now she had learnt that not only to will, but also to pray, was And now she had learnt that not only to will, but also to pray, was a necessary condition in the truly heroic.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: Correspondence, which bears much the same relation to personal intercourse that the books of dried Correspondence, which bears much the same relation to personal intercourse that the books of dried plats I sometimes see do to the living and fresh flowers in the lanes and meadows.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: I am so tired - so tired of being of being whirled on through all I am so tired - so tired of being of being whirled on through all these phases of my life, in which nothing abides by me, no creature, no place; it is like the circle in which the victims of earthly passion eddy continually.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: And in his button-hole he stuck a narcissus, hoping it would attract Mary's notice, so And in his button-hole he stuck a narcissus, hoping it would attract Mary's notice, so that he might have the delight of giving it her.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: Till to have loved her without return would have lifted you higher than all those, Till to have loved her without return would have lifted you higher than all those, be they who they may, that have ever known her to love.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: Well, and near our cottage were rocks. Eh, lasses! ye don't know what rocks are Well, and near our cottage were rocks. Eh, lasses! ye don't know what rocks are in Manchester! Gray pieces o' stone as large as a house, all covered over wi' mosses of different colors, some yellow, some brown; and the ground beneath them knee deep in purple heather, smelling sae sweet and fragrant, and the low music of the humming-bee for ever sounding among it.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: Should you have liked your sister to have been noticed by a grocer's assistant for Should you have liked your sister to have been noticed by a grocer's assistant for doing so?"
"In the first place, as it is not many years since I myself was a draper's assistant, the mere circumstance of a grocer's assistant noticing any act does not alter the character of the act to me.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: They had grown up together from childhood, and all along Edith had been remarked upon They had grown up together from childhood, and all along Edith had been remarked upon by every one, except Margaret, for her prettiness;
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: Edith was in the mood to think that any pleasure enjoyed away from her was Edith was in the mood to think that any pleasure enjoyed away from her was a tacit affront, or at best a proof of indifference.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: I don't mind your calling me a clog, if only we were fastened together.""But I I don't mind your calling me a clog, if only we were fastened together."
"But I do mind you calling me a donkey," he replied.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: She had a fierce pleasure in the idea of telling Margaret unwelcome truths, in the She had a fierce pleasure in the idea of telling Margaret unwelcome truths, in the shape of performance of duty.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: But when the secrets of all hearts shall be made known, their virtues will astound But when the secrets of all hearts shall be made known, their virtues will astound us in far greater degree.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: On some such night as this she remembered promising to herself to live as brave On some such night as this she remembered promising to herself to live as brave and noble a life as any heroine she ever read or heard of in romance, a life sans peur et sans reproche; it had seemed to her then that she had only to will, and such a life would be accomplished. And now she had learnt that not only to will, but also to pray, was a necessary condition in the truly heroic. Trusting to herself, she had fallen.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: She lay with her face to the wall, muttering low, but muttering always: Alas! alas! She lay with her face to the wall, muttering low, but muttering always: Alas! alas! what is done in youth can never be undone in age! what is done in youth can never be undone in age!
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: It is a great truth that you cannot extinguish violence by violence. It is a great truth that you cannot extinguish violence by violence.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: Mr. Thorton love Margaret! Why, Margraret would never think of him, I'm sure! Such a Mr. Thorton love Margaret! Why, Margraret would never think of him, I'm sure! Such a thing has never entered her head."
"Entering her heart would do.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: It had been a royal time of luxury to him, with all its stings and It had been a royal time of luxury to him, with all its stings and contumelies, compared to the poverty that crept round and clipped the anticipation of the future down to sordid fact, and life without an atmosphere of either hope or fear.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: To begin with the old rigmarole of childhood. In a country there was a shire, To begin with the old rigmarole of childhood. In a country there was a shire, and in that shire there was a town, and in that town there was a house, and in that house there was a room, and in that room there was a bed, and in that bed there lay a little girl;
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: It is always the savage lads, with their love of excitement, who head the riot It is always the savage lads, with their love of excitement, who head the riot - reckless to what bloodshed it may lead.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: Jemima was not pretty, the flatness and shortness of her face made her almost plain; Jemima was not pretty, the flatness and shortness of her face made her almost plain; yet most people looked twice at her expressive countenance, at the eyes which flamed or melted at every trifle, at the rich colour which came at every expressed emotion into her usually sallow face, at the faultless teeth which made her smile like a sunbeam.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: Thinking has, many a time, made me sad, darling; but doing never did in all Thinking has, many a time, made me sad, darling; but doing never did in all my life ... My precept is, do something, my sister, do good if you can; but at any rate, do something.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: Then letters came in but three times a week: indeed, in some places in Scotland Then letters came in but three times a week: indeed, in some places in Scotland where I have stayed when I was a girl, the post came in but once a month; - but letters were letters then; and we made great prizes of them, and read them and studied them like books. Now the post comes rattling in twice a day, bringing short jerky notes, some without beginning or end, but just a little sharp sentence, which well-bred folks would think too abrupt to be spoken.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: The next moment she feared lest this answer to his blessing might be irreverent, wrong The next moment she feared lest this answer to his blessing might be irreverent, wrong - might hurt him as coming from his daughter, and she threw her arms round his neck. He held her to him for a minute or two. She heard him murmur to himself, 'The martyrs and confessors had even more pain to bear - I will not shrink.
Elizabeth Gaskell Sayings: For all his pain, he longed to see the author of it. Although he hated For all his pain, he longed to see the author of it. Although he hated Margaret at times, when he thought of that gentle familiar attitude and all the attendant circumstances, he had a restless desire to renew her picture in his mind - a longing for the very atmosphere she breathed. He was in the Charybdis of passion, and must perforce circle and circle ever nearer round the fatal centre.