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All emotions are pure which gather you and lift you up; that emotion is impure which seizes only one side of your being and so distorts you.
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Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) Austro-German poet.
If you would have me weep, you must first of all feel grief yourself.
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Horace (BC 65-8) Latin lyric poet.
All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
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Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) French novelist.
It is not our exalted feelings, it is our sentiments that build the necessary home.
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Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) Anglo-Irish novelist and short story writer.
Where the heart lies, let the brain lie also.
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Robert Browning (1812 -1889) British poet.
It is as healthy to enjoy sentiment as to enjoy jam.
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) British journalist, novelist and poet.
It is very difficult to be wholly joyous or wholly sad on this earth. The comic, when it is human, soon takes upon itself a face of pain; and some of our grieves... have their source in weaknesses which must be recognized with smiling compassion as the common inheritance of us all.
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Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) British novelist.
There are strings in the human heart that had better not be vibrated.
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Charles Dickens (1812-1870) British novelist.
Our emotions are only ''incidents in the effort to keep day and night together.
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T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) American-English poet and playwright.