Anatole France: Vain sounds

English: Anatole France

English: Anatole France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The finest words in the world are only vain sounds if you cannot understand them. –Anatole France, novelist, essayist, Nobel laureate (1844-1924)

Jane Austen: Suffering places

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Jane Austen, Watercolour and pencil portrait by her sister Cassandra, 1810 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering.” – – –Jane Austen, novelist (1775-1817).

Leo Tolstoy: Truth

Leo Tolstoy 1848

Leo Tolstoy 1848 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. –Leo Tolstoy, novelist and philosopher (1828-1910).

George Eliot: Moral progress

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“My own experience and development deepen every day my conviction that our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy.”

George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), novelist (1819-1880).