• The process of falling in love at first sight is as final as it is swift in such a case, but the growth of true friendship may be a lifelong affair

    Sarah Orne Jewett
  • It was mortifying to find how strong the habit of idle speech may become in one’s self. One need not always be saying something in this noisy world

    Sarah Orne Jewett
  • In the life of each of us, I said to myself, there is a place remote and islanded, and given to endless regret or secret happiness; we are each the uncompanioned hermit and recluse of an hour or a day; we understand our fellows of the cell to whatever age of history they may belong

    Sarah Orne Jewett
  • It does seem so pleasant to talk with an old acquaintance that knows what you know. I see so many of these new folks nowadays, that seem to have neither past nor future. Conversation's got to have some root in the past, or else you've got to explain every remark you make, an' it wears a person out

    Sarah Orne Jewett
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