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Middlemarch from George Eliot

One must be poor to know the luxury of giving!

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What we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.

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The troublesome ones in a family are usually either the wits or the idiots.

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Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.

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But pride only helps us to be generous; it never makes us so, any more than vanity makes us witty.

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Some people did what their neighbors did so that if any lunatics were at large, one might know and avoid them.

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