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For my part, I do not much believe in the predilections of boyhood.

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One forgives the critic - perhaps - but never the good-natured friend.

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Nature of course is the best guide in the matter of choosing a pursuit.

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And what holds good of verse holds infinitely better in respect to prose.

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Nor, in our own country, must we fail to take notice of the establishment of School Boards.

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In England, literary pretence is more universal than elsewhere from our method of education.

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But, on the other hand, the occasional and precarious dripping of coppers has by no means a genial effect.

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In all highly civilised communities Pretence is prominent, and sooner or later invades the regions of Literature.

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The idea of bringing young people up to Literature is doubtless calculated to raise the eyebrows almost as much as the suggestion of bringing them up to the Stage.

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A nobler example, because a less personal one, of the pinch of poverty, is when it prevents the accomplishment of some cherished scheme for the benefit of the human race.

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