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There is something to me very softening in the presence of a woman, some strange influence, even if one is not in love with them, ...
... that softening influence of the fine arts which makes other people's hardships picturesque ...
"A thousand Christmas trees! at what apiece?"
He felt some need of softening that to me:
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Life is made too easy. Mankind's moral fibre is giving way under the softening influence of luxury.
No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimetre nearer.
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