An Appreciation
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Allan Quatermain…

“Passion is like the lightning, it is beautiful, and it links the earth to heaven, but alas it blinds!”

“”Adventurer” — he that goes out to meet whatever may come. Well, that is what we all do in the world one way or another.”

“Who has not in his great grief felt a longing to look upon the outward features of the universal Mother; to lie on the mountains and watch the clouds drive across the sky and hear the rollers break in thunder on the shore, to let his poor struggling life mingle for a while in her life; to feel the slow beat of her eternal heart, and to forget his woes . . .”

“Man’s cleverness is almost indefinite, and stretches like an elastic band, but human nature is like an iron ring. You can go round and round it, you can polish it highly, you can even flatten it a little on one side, whereby you will make it bulge out the other, but you will NEVER, while the world endures and man is man, increase its total circumference.”

“The law of England is much more severe upon offences against property than against the person, as becomes a people whose ruling passion is money.”

Allan Quatermain – from the book of the same name by H. Rider Haggard

 

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