Every man is bound to leave a story better than he found it.
It is the rank and file - the average woman - for whom the world has opened up so astonishingly.
Learn the lesson of your own pain--learn to seek God, not in any single event of past history, but in your own soul--in the constant verifications of experience, in the life of Christian love.
For after my marriage I had made various attempts to write fiction. They were clearly failures.
A victim to certain obscure forms of gout, he was in character neither stupid, nor inhuman, but he suffered from the usual drawbacks of his class, - too much money, and too few ideas.
Truth has never been, can never be, contained in any one creed or system.
How little those who are schoolgirls of today can realize what it was to be a schoolgirl in the fifties or the early sixties of the last century!
I wanted to show how a man of sensitive and noble character, born for religion, comes to throw off the orthodoxies of his day and moment, and to go out into the wilderness where all is experiment, and spiritual life begins again.
One may as well preach a respectable mythology as anything else.
All things change, creeds and philosophies and outward systems - but God remains.
We believed that growth through Local Government, and perhaps through some special machinery for bringing the wishes and influence of women of all classes to bear on Parliament, other than the Parliamentary vote, was the real line of progress.
In this choice, as I look back over more than half a century, I can only follow - and trust - the same sort of instinct that one follows in the art of fiction.
my credo is very short. Its first article is art - and its second is art - and its third is art!
Other trades may fail. The agitator is always sure of his market.
It became plain very soon after our marriage that ours was to be a literary partnership.
So as the years draw on toward the Biblical limit, the inclination to look back, and to tell some sort of story of what one has seen, grows upon most of us.
The answer, of course, in the mouth of a Christian teacher is that in Christianity alone is there both present joy and future hope.
Our children, two daughters and a son, were born in 1874, 1876, and 1879.
A life spent largely among books, and in the exercise of a literary profession, has very obvious drawbacks, as a subject-matter, when one comes to write about it.
As far as intellectual training was concerned, my nine years from seven to sixteen were practically wasted.
But a girl of seventeen is not always thinking of books, especially in the Oxford summer term.
A modern girls' school, equipped as scores are now equipped throughout the country, was of course not to be found in 1858, when I first became a school boarder, or in 1867, when I ceased to be one.
But no man has a monopoly of conscience.
But the mind travels far - and mysteriously - in sleep.
English girls' schools today providing the higher education are, so far as my knowledge goes, worthily representative of that astonishing rise in the intellectual standards of women which has taken place in the last half-century.
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