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Dorothea Brooke Quotes

Eight of the best book quotes from Dorothea Brooke
  1. #1
    “Her full nature, like that river of which Cyrus broke the strength, spent itself in channels which had no great name on the earth. But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”
  2. #2
    “It is so painful in you, Celia, that you will look at human beings as if they were merely animals with a toilette, and never see the great soul in a man’s face.”
  3. #3
    “I mean, marriage drinks up all of our power of giving or getting any blessedness in that sort of love. I know it may be very dear—but it murders our marriage—and then the marriage stays with us like a murder—and everything else is gone.”
  4. #4
    “It was wicked to let a young girl blindly decide her fate in that way, without any effort to save her.”
  5. #5
    “What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult to each other?”
  6. #6
    “This young creature has a heart large enough for the Virgin Mary.”
  7. #7
    “She was as blind to his inward troubles as he to hers; she had not yet learned those hidden conflicts in her husband which claim our pity. She had not yet listened patiently to his heart-beats, but only felt that her own was beating violently.”
  8. #8
    “She was not a woman to be spoken of as other women are.”

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