I have no objection to anyone’s sex life as long as they don’t practice it in the street and frighten the horses.
Shame is something you’ll find a lot of — girls feel it about their bodies, about their sexuality, about their diet, about anything you like. Shame is the way you keep them down. That’s the way to crush a girl.
She hardly knew how to suppose that she could be an object of admiration to so great a man; and yet that he should look at her because he disliked her, was still more strange. She could only imagine however at last, that she drew his notice because there was something about her more wrong and reprehensible, according to his idea of right, than in any other person present.
His real self wandered elsewhere, far away, wandered on and on invisibly and had nothing to do with his life.
A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition.
She died;—and I, crushed into the very dust with sorrow, could no longer endure the lonely desolation of my dwelling in the dim and decaying city by the Rhine.
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
He looked at her as a man might look at a faded flower he had plucked, in which it was difficult for him to trace the beauty that had made him pick and so destroy it
But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
If you were music
I would listen to you ceaselessly
And my low spirits would brighten up