The world's as ugly as sin, And almost as delightful.
I believe that nothing completely satisfies an imaginative writer but copious and continuous draughts of unmitigated praise, always provided it is accompanied by a large and increasing sale of his works.
Remember, cobbler, to keep to your leather.
Vanitas vanitatum has rung in the ears Of gentle and simple for thousands of years; The wail still is heard, yet its notes never scare Either simple or gentle from Vanity Fair.
Lightly I sped when hope was high
And youth beguiled the chase,--
I follow, follow still: But I
Shall never see her face.
I recollect a nurse called Ann,
Who carried me about the grass,
And one fine day a fine young man
Came up and kissed the pretty lass.
She did not make the least objection.
Thinks I, "Aha,
When I can talk I'll tell Mama,"
And that's my earliest recollection.
It is a good thing to read books, and need not be a bad thing to write them, but in any case, it is a pious thing to collect them.
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