There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm that is not to be doubted.

"The Adventure Of The German Student"

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There is in every true woman’s heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams, and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.

A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use.

The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon (1819-1820), 'Rip Van Winkle'

That happy age when a man can be idle with impunity.

The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon (1819-1820), 'Rip Van Winkle'

The sorrow for the dead is the only sorrow from which we refuse to be divorced. Every other wound we seek to heal – every other affliction to forget: but this wound we consider it a duty to keep open – this affliction we cherish and brood over in solitude.

The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon (1819-1820), 'Rural Funerals'

They who drink beer will think beer.

The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon (1819-1820), 'Stratford-on-Avon'