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Books, gentlemen, are a species of men, and introduced to them you circulate in the "very best society" that this world can furnis ...
It is not the purpose of literature to purvey news. For news consult the Almanac de Gotha.
Our souls belong to our bodies, not our bodies to our souls.
"He's asleep, ain't he?" "With kings and counsellors," murmured I.
Ah Bartleby! Ah humanity!
I can see that figure now--pallidly neat, pitiably respectable, incurably forlorn! It was Bartleby.
I was not unemployed in my profession by the late John Jacob Astor; a name which, I admit, I love to repeat, for it hath a rounded ...
Imagine my surprise, nay, my consternation, when without moving from his privacy, Bartleby in a singularly mild, firm voice, repli ...
One of the coolest and wisest hours a man has, is just after he awakes in the morning.
Benevolent desires, after passing a certain point, can not undertake their own fulfillment without incurring the risk of evils bey ...
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