Madam your wife and I didn't hit it off the only time I ever saw her. I won't say she was silly, but I think one of us was silly, and it wasn't me.
Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom.
A little credulity helps one on through life very smoothly.
A wise parent humors the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and advisor when his absolute rule shall cease.
She would fain have caught at the skirts of that departing time, and prayed it to return, and give her back what she had too little valued while it was yet in her possession. What a vain show Life seemed! How unsubstantial, and flickering, and flitting! It was as if from some aerial belfry, high up above the stir and jar of the earth, there was a bell continually tolling, ‘All are shadows!—all are passing!—all is past!
He felt every day more and more certain that she, and she alone, could make him happy.