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Pagina 222 - It is not so, Stephen ; I'm quite sure that is wrong. I have tried to think it again and again ; but I see, if we judged in that way, there would be a warrant for all treachery and cruelty ; we should justify breaking the most sacred ties that can ever be formed on earth. If the past is not to bind us]," where can duty lie? We should have no law but the inclination of the moment.
Pagina 264 - The great problem of the shifting relation between passion and duty is clear to no man who is capable of apprehending it : the question whether the moment has come in which a man has fallen below the possibility of a renunciation that will carry any efficacy, and must accept the sway of a passion against which he had struggled as a trespass, is one for whic'h we have no master-key that will fit all cases. The casuists have become a byword of reproach ; but their perverted spirit of minute discrimination...
Pagina 104 - You will like to play, shan't you?" she added, with a pretty inquiring look, anxious, as usual, lest she should have proposed what was not pleasant to another ; but with yearnings towards her unfinished embroidery. Philip had brightened at the proposition, for there is no feeling, perhaps, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music — that does not make a man sing or play the better...
Pagina 226 - We can't choose happiness either for ourselves or for another : we can't tell where that will lie. "We can only choose whether we will indulge ourselves in the present moment, or whether we will renounce that for the sake of obeying the divine voice within us — for the sake of being true to all the motives that sanctify our lives.
Pagina 77 - Maggie's destiny, then, is at present hidden, and we must wait for it to reveal itself like the course of an unmapped river: we only know that the river is full and rapid, and that for all rivers there is the same final home.
Pagina 227 - I can't do it," she said, in a voice almost of agony; "Stephen, don't ask me - don't urge me. I can't argue any longer, - I don't know what is wise; but my heart will not let me do it. I see, - I feel their trouble now; it is as if it were branded on my mind.
Pagina 249 - IT was soon known throughout St. Ogg's that Miss Tulliver was come back. She had not, then, eloped in order to be married to Mr. Stephen Guest — at all events, Mr. Stephen Guest had not married her, which came to the same thing, so far as her culpability was concerned. We judge others according to results ; how else ? — not knowing the process by which results are arrived at.
Pagina 76 - For the tragedy of our lives is not created entirely from within. " Character," says Novalis, in one of his questionable aphorisms — "character is destiny." But not the whole of our destiny. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, was speculative and irresolute, and we have a great tragedy in consequence. But if his father had lived to a good old age, and his...
Pagina 249 - If Miss Tulliver, after a few months of well-chosen travel, had returned as Mrs Stephen Guest with a post-marital trousseau and all the advantages possessed even by the most unwelcome wife of an only son, public opinion, which at St Ogg's, as elsewhere, always knew what to think, would have judged in strict consistency with those results.