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"My daughter, there are times of moral danger when the hardest virtuous resolution to form is flight, and when the most heroic bravery is flight." ~ Our Mutual Friend

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"This reminds me, Godmother, to ask you a serious question. You are as wise as wise can be (having been brought up by the fairies), and you can tell me this: Is it better to have had a good thing and lost it, or never to have had it?" ~ Our Mutual Friend

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No one has the least regard for the man; with them all, he has been an object of avoidance, suspicion, and aversion; but the spark of life within him is curiously separable from himself now, and they have a deep interest in it, probably because it IS life, and they are living and must die. ~ Our Mutual Friend

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"Then what can you want to do now?" said the old lady,gaining courage. "I wants to make your flesh creep," replied the boy. ~ The Pickwick Papers

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The man, after looking at me for a moment, turned me upside down,and emptied my pockets. There was nothing in them but a piece of bread. ~ Great Expectations

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"Next," said Mrs Wilfer with a wave of her gloves, expressive of abdication under protest from the culinary throne, "I would recommend examination of the bacon in the saucepan on the fire, and also of the potatoes by the application of a fork. Preparation of the greens will further become necessary if you persist in this unseemly demeanour." ~ Our Mutual Friend

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"Why am I always at war with myself? Why have I told, as if upon compulsion, what I knew all along I ought to have withheld? Why am I making a friend of this woman beside me, in spite of the whispers against her that I hear in my heart?" ~ Our Mutual Friend

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Lizzie Hexam very softly raised the weather-stained grey head, and lifted her as high as Heaven. ~ Our Mutual Friend

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"No one is useless in this world," retorted the Secretary, "who lightens the burden of it for any one else." ~ Our Mutual Friend

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"I know quite enough of myself," said Bella, with a charming air of being inclined to give herself up as a bad job, "and I don't improve upon acquaintance . . . " ~ Our Mutual Friend

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