"Open the door!" "I will not open it." "Wherefore not?"
"The knife is in the meat, and the drink is in the horn, and there is
revelry in Arthur's Hall; and none may enter therein but the son of
a king of a privileged country, or a craftsman bringing his craft."
(The Red Book of Hergest, a 14th-century Welsh Bardic manuscript)
Errors look so very ugly in persons of small means;
one feels they are taking quite a liberty in going astray;
whereas people of fortune may naturally indulge in a few
George Eliot - Janet's Repentance, ch. 25
Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning,
but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he's sure of losing.
That's my way, sir; and there are many victories worse than a defeat.
George Eliot - Janet's Repentance, ch. 8
An exile, saddest of all prisoners, Who has the whole world for a
dungeon strong, Seas, mountains, and the horizon's verge for bars.
Lord Byron - The Prophecy of Dante
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