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Brief author info: William McFee (1881-1966) English-born American novelist and essayist.
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It may be that, while we plodding realists go on, for ever preoccupied with our daily chores, abstracting a microscopic pleasure from each microscopic duty, your true romantic has the truer vision, and beholds, afar off, in all its lurid splendour and terrible proportions, the piquant adventure we call life.
If fate means you to lose, give him a good fight anyhow.
Fear, born of the stern matron Responsibility, sits on one's shoulders like some heavy imp of darkness, and one is preoccupied and, possibly, cantankerous.
The artist in his teens who is happy is a charlatan. Life comes bursting in all around lis too suddenly, too crudely, too cruelly, for happiness.
There is nothing like a start, and being born, however pessimistic one may become in later years, is undeniably a start.
It is so much easier to tell intimate things in the dark.
An Englishman never takes his collar off when he is writing. How can you expect him to show you his soul?
A young man must let his ideas grow, not be continually rooting them up to see how they are getting on.
Wives invariably flourish when deserted; ... it is the deserting male, the reckless idealist rushing about the world seeking a non-existent felicity, who often ends in disaster.
The wives who are not deserted, but who have to feed and clothe and comfort and scold and advise, are the true objects of commiseration; wives whose existence is given over to a ceaseless vigil of cantankerous affection.
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