Every man is bound to leave a story better than he found it.
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.
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.
It is the rank and file - the average woman - for whom the world has opened up so astonishingly.
For after my marriage I had made various attempts to write fiction. They were clearly failures.
Truth has never been, can never be, contained in any one creed or system.
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.
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.
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.
It became plain very soon after our marriage that ours was to be a literary partnership.
The answer, of course, in the mouth of a Christian teacher is that in Christianity alone is there both present joy and future hope.
Conviction is the conscience of the mind.
I loved nearly all my teachers; but it was not till I went home to live at Oxford, in 1867, that I awoke intellectually to a hundred interests and influences that begin much earlier nowadays to affect any clever child.
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.
Our children, two daughters and a son, were born in 1874, 1876, and 1879.
My grandmother made her home at Fox How under the shelter of the fells, with her four daughters, the youngest of whom was only eight when their father died.
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.
I cannot hope that what I have to say will be very interesting to many.
the delight in natural things - colors, forms, scents - when there was nothing to restrain or hamper it, has often been a kind of intoxication, in which thought and consciousness seemed suspended ...
Is there any other slavery and chain like that of temperament?
Customers must be delicately angled for at a safe distance - show yourself too much, and, like trout, they flashed away.
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