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    I thought of my father and felt a deep sorrow that he should no longer be alive, and that I could not go to him and tell him that I had been awarded the Nobel Prize. I knew that no one would have been happier than he to hear this.
    — Selma Lagerlof
    tags: thoughts  sorrow  father 
     
    Anyone who has ever sat in a train as it rushes through a dark night will know that sometimes there are long minutes when the coaches slide smoothly along without so much as a shudder.
    — Selma Lagerlof
    tags: dark  night 
     
    What would have become of me if no one had wanted to read my books? And don't forget all those who have written of me.
    — Selma Lagerlof
    tags: read 
     
    I had become shy of life's bustle in my solitary retreat and was apprehensive at the thought of facing the world.
    — Selma Lagerlof
    tags: world  thoughts 
     
    For what is man's soul but a flame? It flickers in and around the body of a man as does the flame around the rough log.
    — Selma Lagerlof
    tags: men  soul  body 
     
    There is so little that one can do for the dead!
    — Selma Lagerlof
    It is often the case with the silent children about us, that they cherish a dream which they dare not talk about.
    — Selma Lagerlof
    tags: children  child  dreams 
     
    There is so much one would rather not believe until one has seen for oneself whether it is true.
    — Selma Lagerlof
    tags: believe  oneself  true 
     
    There isn't much that tastes better than praise from those who are wise and capable.
    — Selma Lagerlof
    tags: praise  wise 
     
    it is not a good omen to meet a lot of cats when one sets out on a journey, so the Lieutenant spat three times for each cat, as his mother had taught him to do ...
    — Selma Lagerlof
    tags: time  journey  cat  mother 
     
    A man may be outlawed for the sake of a fish net he has never seen.
    — Selma Lagerlof
    tags: men 
     
    Young horses who cannot bear the whip or spur find life hard. At every smart they start forward and rush to their destruction, and when the way is stony and difficult, they know no better expedient than to overturn the cart and gallop madly away.
    — Selma Lagerlof
    tags: smart  young  destruction 
     
    He who is sorrowful can force himself to smile, but he who is glad cannot weep.
    — Selma Lagerlof
    tags: smile 
     
    Women can do nothing that has permanence.
    — Selma Lagerlof
    tags: women 
     
    Never repeat a rumor before you have verified it. And if it is true, hold your tongue all the more.
    — Selma Lagerlof
    tags: true 
     
    What is so certain of victory as patience?
    — Selma Lagerlof
    tags: victory 
     
    The ways of Providence cannot be reasoned out by the finite mind ... I cannot fathom them, yet seeking to know them is the most satisfying thing in all the world.
    — Selma Lagerlof
    tags: world  mind 
     
    Here, no mercy is shown. One hates one's fellow man to the glory of God.
    — Selma Lagerlof
    tags: men  hate  mercy  god 
     
    More die in flight than in battle.
    — Selma Lagerlof
    tags: battle  die 
     
    If dead things love, if earth and water distinguish friends from enemies, I should like to possess their love. I should like the green earth not to feel my step as a heavy burden. I should like her to forgive that she for my sake is wounded by plough and harrow, and willingly to open for my dead body.
    — Selma Lagerlof
    tags: enemies  friends  earth  body  enemy  water 
     
    There is always a third possibility, as long as you have the ability to find it.
    — Selma Lagerlof
    tags: possibility 
     
    It is a strange thing to come home. While yet on the journey, you cannot at all realize how strange it will be.
    — Selma Lagerlof
    tags: journey 
     
    For, so long as there are interesting books to read, it seems to me that neither I nor anyone else, for that matter, need be unhappy.
    — Selma Lagerlof
    tags: book  read 
     
    Strange, when you ask anyone's advice you see yourself what is right.
    — Selma Lagerlof
    tags: advice  right 
     
    No one is able to enjoy such feast than the one who throws a party in his own mind.
    — Selma Lagerlof
    tags: mind 
     
    Nothing on earth can make up for the loss of one who has loved you.
    — Selma Lagerlof
    tags: loss  earth 
     
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