“Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature.
“Accidents will occur in the best regulated families.
“There is always something for which to be thankful.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all doing direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
“Once upon a time--of all the good days in the year, on Christmas Eve--old Scrooge sat busy in his counting-house.
“Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.
“Train up a fig tree in the way it should go, and when you are old sit under the shade of it.
“We need never be ashamed of our tears.
“'At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge,' said the gentleman, taking up a pen, 'it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. ... We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices.'
English writer whose novels depicted and criticized social injustice (1812-1870)
“The spice extends life. The spice expands consciousness.
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