A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.
We were in all four men with eight animals; for besides the spare horses led by Shaw and myself, an additional mule was driven along with us as a reserve in case of accident.
The materials of the novelist must be real; they must be gathered from the field of humanity by his actual observation.
Is it sin, which makes the worm a chrysalis, and the chrysalis a butterfly, and the butterfly dust?
The novelist must ground his work in faithful study of human nature.
Whoever knows it also knows that in love there is no More and no Less; but that he who loves can only love with the whole heart, and with the whole soul; with all his strength and with all his will.
Dante himself is open to the suspicion of partiality: it is said, not without apparent ground, that he puts into hell all the enemies of the political cause, which, in his eyes, was that of Italy and God.
Not a breath of air stirred over the free and open prairie; the clouds were like light piles of cotton; and where the blue sky was visible, it wore a hazy and languid aspect.
That is the returning to God which in reality is never concluded on earth but yet leaves behind in the soul a divine home sickness, which never again ceases.
Of these years nought remains in memory but the sad feeling that we have advanced and only grown older.